They hate marriage and chicken sandwiches, don’t they?
Who hates marriage? Probably only those in bad marriage situations would say that, but there is momentum against marriage that is propelled by a powerful force. Most people love marriage, or at least the idea of it. Even gays want to get married. In fact, it seems now days homosexuals want to get married and heterosexuals want to just live together. Both of these strike against marriage, and actually work to demonstrate disdain for it. And restaurant chains who believe in God’s definition of marriage are under attack. It’s a chicken sandwich, for crying out loud. Eat someplace else.
The natural purpose of marriage, as defined by the one who created it, is for re-creation and recreation. It was designed to place in covenant protection and blessing a family unit that would establish a portal of blessing for human propagation. The other reason is for a married couple’s pleasure and enjoyment as they express intimacy within covenant protection and blessing—that’s the recreation part.
“Well, he permitted it,” they replied. “He said a man can give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away.” But Jesus responded, “He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts. But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”
Later, when he was alone with his disciples in the house, they brought up the subject again. He told them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries someone else, she commits adultery.” Mark 10:4-12
It’s unfortunate in these passages of scripture, the deeper message, the secret thing, that Jesus was trying to bring forth was missed by the disciples, and sadly, many Christians miss this message too because we get so focused on the legal issue related to divorce we miss the deeper and more important message here. It’s all about intimacy.
Marriage was created by Father God to demonstrate physically what He wants spiritually which is intimacy. The marriage covenant is established by legal public ceremony and the physical act of sexual intercourse—both of those are required. This is a blood covenant, where virgins demonstrate the shedding of blood through the act of marriage. That’s the ideal plan perfectly executed. All of this represents what Father God desires spiritually. The groom represents Christ and the bride represents the church in covenant and intimacy.
Jesus is teaching here that marriage between a man and woman, creates completeness, and once joined, they are joined not just physically, but intimately--both spiritually and in soul. If that union is split, it creates a deeper emptiness that affects the whole being because the process of joining goes deep and intimately throughout the whole being, spirit, soul, and body.
The bottom line is this: marriage between a man and a woman represents the intimate relationship between Christ and the church and Satan hates it. He is working to destroy the sanctity of marriage by trashing it, minimizing it, and reducing it to a worthless level where it has no respect. He first worked to minimize it by working to increase the acceptance of cohabitation in society as a common practice that carries no shame, and now he’s swinging the next knife blade to further minimize marriage by driving homosexuals to demand their rights to what is reserved for a man and woman. This is the ultimate in desecration. It’s no different than the desecration the Jews witnessed when Antiochus Epiphanes slaughtered the pig on the Temple altar. Homosexuality and cohabitation are desecrations on the altar of marriage.
Homosexuals may believe they demonstrate a love for marriage by demanding rights to that institution reserved for a male and female, but in reality they are falling in line with the plan of Satan in his hatred of everything Godly—they are mere pawns of Satan’s minions. The roles and gender makeups can only be achieved in the union of a man and woman in a true Godly marriage.
And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body. As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:21-33
A husband and wife prophetically demonstrate the relationship of the church and Jesus. Nothing else can do that.
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