Friday, March 14, 2008

The Command to Love Marriage

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, he designed a beautiful physical landscape for humans to live in and work with. He also laid out a beautiful social landscape for human relationships. He prepared a rich, fertile seedbed for human societies called marriage which would produce abundant and luxurious fruit. But that heavenly landscape has been hacked, burned, and eroded by sin. In the seventh commandment, God graciously provided a some berms and ground cover and wind breaks to protect the garden of marriage. The seventh commandment tells us, very simply but very forcefully, "You shall not commit adultery."

The news this week was full of reports of an instance of the desecration of the marriage relationship. Sadly, this is not uncommon. Many of our neighbors and co-workers have so much pain and scarring from the desecration of marriage that they cannot even see God's beautiful design. As Christians, we need to cultivate fruitful marriage gardens, so that the world can see the goodness of God's plan for mankind. In so doing, we will be able to point to the ultimate husband, Jesus Christ, his bride, the church, and the highest relationship for which we were created. This Sunday we will worship the Lord by meditating on the seventh commandment together.

Songs
Holy, Holy, Holy (#3)
In the Cross of Christ I Glory (#142)
O Father, All-Creating (#727)
Give Ear unto God's Holy Word (#729)
O Lord, Behold Us at Thy Feet (#730)
Take My Life, and Let It Be (#560)

Scripture Reading
Godly marriage reflects Christ and his church - Ephesians 5:22-33

Sermon
The Command to Love Marriage - Deuteronomy 5:18

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