Monday, October 5, 2015
"On Fire": The Lord Shows a Man How to Be a Man. THEN A HUSBAND.
"For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth."---Isaiah 54:5(NKJV)
Over this past Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11)...
I listened to some of the songs off of a project that my mother executive produced back in the day. One of them was "I Know My Redeemer Lives" by Tevin Campbell. It's so my joint and people who really know me know that "redeemer" is definitely one of my trigger words:
Redeem: to buy or pay off; clear by payment; to buy back, as after a tax sale or a mortgage foreclosure; to recover (something pledged or mortgaged) by payment or other satisfaction; to exchange (bonds, trading stamps, etc.) for money or goods; to convert (paper money) into specie; to discharge or fulfill (a pledge, promise, etc.); to make up for; make amends for; offset (some fault, shortcoming, etc.)
The Lord is amazing. And yes, one of the reasons is because he was willing to redeem us.
OK, and peep that in Isaiah 54:5, it says that our Maker is our husband and Christ is our redeemer. Now for the record, it's...spiritually irresponsible to immediately make the parallel of God being a husband the same as a man being a husband. While one definition of husband is "a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage", another is "manager". A manager is someone who manages. This is what manage means:
Manage: to bring about or succeed in accomplishing, sometimes despite difficulty or hardship; to take charge or care of; to handle, direct, govern, or control in action or use
Can you imagine how much easier our lives would be if we actually decided to "cast our cares" (I Peter 5:7-8), as the Word (cough, cough) *tells us to*, so that we can get into agreement (Amos 3:3) with God that he needs to be the One who *manages* our lives? *Despite the difficulty or hardships that we might face*?
And then there's Christ. Our redeemer. One commentator explained that in this fashion:
"...thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; he who is the church's Husband is her Redeemer; and who so fit as he to redeem her from sin, Satan, and the law, and every enemy; who is of the same nature with her, so dearly loves her, and so able to save her? for which he is also abundantly qualified, being holy in both his natures, in his person and offices, in his birth, life, and death; for this seems greatly to respect him as man, as he was a descendant of the Israelitish nation, and of the seed of Abraham."
Indeed! And check it, there is a love story in the Bible where a woman refers to her soon-to-be husband as her redeemer. If you go to the New King James Version of Ruth 4, the title of that chapter is "Boaz Redeems Ruth".
When you think about how powerful redeeming is, when you think about the fact that, similar to father, God would use a word like "husband" to describe how he feels about and cares for his children, it's just *one more reminder* and example of the fact that marriage is designed to be a spiritual thing. And we as single women are to settle for *no less* than a man who spends enough time with God *and in the Word* to understand what kind of man, and husband, to his wife, he needs to be. Ephesians 5 makes it abundantly clear what that is supposed to look like:
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church."---Ephesians 5:25-29(NKJV)
What were two definitions of redeem again?
To fulfill a promise.
To offset a shortcoming.
A godly husband is to serve as a minister to his wife.
A man can do this without being a godly man first.
Unfortunately, far too many single women compromise themselves spiritually, emotionally and sexually to be with a man, thinking that somehow he will "magically" turn into a godly husband once they state their marriage vows. Yet not only is that unrealistic (Ecclesiastes 7:18-Message) but also pretty unfair (and some might even say manipulative) on the woman's part. If you revisit the Book of Ruth, Boaz wasn't a man of character once he married Ruth. I venture to say they would've never gotten together to begin with if he hadn't been a man of character all along.
And so this week, as you're praying about your future beloved...
My prayer is that you won't just "want a husband" but that you'll desire a godly one; one who is capable of loving you *just as Christ loved the Church*---and you see in Ephesians 5 what comes with all of that!
And if you're a woman who knows that you need to raise your standards when it comes to this area, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have something to share with you "off of the blog".
God does things in a decent order (I Corinthians 14:40), y'all.
Your husband needs to be a godly man FIRST.
*And then* your husband.
Your Maker and Your Redeemer want the very best for you.