This weekend I did a wedding for some long time Beulah attendees. I love Christian weddings because they give me a chance to speak to a sometimes non-churched congregation about marriage within the biblical context. I have spent a number of weeks journeying together with this couple and talking through their desires for a bible focussed ceremony and for a Christ centered marriage. As we moved through the ceremony I got the chance to do a little preaching. Here is a short synopsis of my thoughts on marriage as it related to this couple and their desire to have the bible front and centre in this wedding.
First and foremost the bible begins and ends in a marriage. When Adam and Eve are brought together in the second chapter of Genesis it is the first time we read these words, “that is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Jesus repeats these words again in the gospels and then we are reminded of God’s love for marriage in the book of Revelation where we are continually introduced to the metaphor of the Bride of Christ.
In the book of Exodus we see Moses leading God’s people away from Egypt. In this story we see God’s plan for the husband who takes on the role of leading his family away from bondage, sin and destruction. In the book of Joshua we see the valiant leader conquering the land of Canaan for the Israelites. In this story we see that a husband’s role is to lead his family, to make a home for them, and to establish his role as leader, even at times when the way is treacherous or uncertain. In the book of 1 Samuel we see a young man who takes on the roles of prophet, priest and king of the Israellites, and we see that God’s desire for the husband is that he be the Spiritual leader in the home.
Also in the book of 1 Samuel we see a mother Hannah dedicating her child to God. Like Hannah, it is a mother’s job to give our children to God. To bring them up in the ways of the Lord and to set them free to do the Lord’s work when the time comes. All throughout scriptures we find stories of strong females with Godly character who do the Lord’s will in their own special ways. There are daughters, mothers, warriors, widows, queens and princesses. God uses all of these women to show us how we can live as wives and mothers and honour God with our lives.
In this day and age when Marriage as an institution is being maligned and downgraded in secular society and even amongst Christians it is important for us to understand that marriage first and foremost was ordained by God and was His original design for mankind. As we work with our students in youth ministry we will continue to do the best job that we can in helping our students to develop a strong biblical view of marriage.