Read His Words Before Ours!
I am a true romantic at heart.
I love old-timey dramas like Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I’m a real sucker for Hallmark movies. A good love story can really delight my heart in no time, but as wonderful as these stories are, in truth, nothing compares to the picture of love and marriage set forth in God’s Word.
If you want to talk about a sweet love story and someone being a romantic at heart, look at Adam’s words about Eve in the context of Genesis 2:21-25!
This beautiful passage says,
“So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. Then the LORD God made the rib he had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man. And the man said:
This one, at last, is bone of my bone
And flesh of my flesh;
This one shall be called ‘woman,’
For she was taken from man.
This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh. Both the man and his wife were naked, yet felt no shame.”
Is this not the most beautiful picture of love and marriage?
Here, at the dawn of time, we see marriage as it was intended by God. In His kindness, He designed marriage to be the most intimate of earthly relationships, a connection free of sin, lust, self-consciousness, selfishness, awkwardness, pain, disrespect, or hurt. From the beginning, marriage was meant to be an earthly representation of the close relationship God desires with His people.
Again, God beautifully reiterates His intention for marriage in Ephesians 5:25-32.
“Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.
In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, since we are members of his body. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.
This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church. To sum up, each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.”
Even though sin entered into the marriage relationship not long after Adam’s proclamation in Genesis 2, the Lord still desired marriage to be a beautiful bond of love and service to one another.
Yet earthly marriage, in all its beauty, is a dim reflection of the relationship between every believer, single or married, and Christ.
The beauty, oneness, intimacy, and unashamed delight shared between Adam and Eve in Genesis, Solomon and his wife in the Song of Solomon, and husbands and wives as described in Ephesians 5 all provide a mere glimpse of the beautiful relationship God desires with all believers, everywhere.
In fact, when the Apostle John put into words his vision of Christ’s return, it’s no mistake he chose the language of marriage:
“Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:9)
Likewise it’s no coincidence Revelation 19:6-9 refers to the great reunion of all the saints with the Lord as the “marriage supper”.
“Hallelujah! For the LORD God, the Almighty, reigns!
Let us be glad, rejoice, and give him glory,
Because the marriage of the Lamb has come,
And the bride has prepared herself [. . .]
‘Blessed are those invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb!’”
From the dawn of time, the Lord has wanted a close relationship with His people. To illustrate how He loves His people, and to also bless us with a special gift on this earth, He crafted the institution of marriage. Whether He has called us to participate in earthly marriage, or to devote ourselves solely to our heavenly Bridegroom, we look forward to the day when we enter into eternal, unblemished, fully restored relationship with God.
And that eternal union of Christ and His Bride?
It is altogether lovely!
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!