The whole of the Old Testament narrative is told through God as a husband to Israel. The whole of the New Testament narrative is told through Jesus Christ as the bridegroom of the Church. The history of the world and the redemption story in the Bible is based upon a husband and wife narrative.
God chose to reveal himself through the Bible, and He chose to do so in a way that emphasizes marriage and fathers. This gives us a sweeter and purer understanding of these verses.
Gen2.24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Prov19.14 House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
Eph5.25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…
The Bible tells us that the relationship of a husband and wife is seen in Heaven as a “profound mystery”. It then goes on to tell us that the relationship “refers to Christ and the Church”. Eph5.32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
This reinforces the fact that God’s entire love story is a marriage love story, told by a Heavenly Father through an earthly father and mother. This relationship is so powerful that when the peace of the relationship is harmed in even the slightest way; the husband’s path to God through prayer is harmed. 1Peter3.7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
A husband’s prayer is going to be hindered by not dwelling with his wife in an understanding and knowledgeable way, knowing what her needs and wants are; and, by failing to honor her as he should. Any lack of love for the wife will be a hindrance to prayer. Each marriage is a reflection of God’s faithful and sacrificial love…it must be maintained. This is why the mystery of marriage is so profound.
Peace between a husband and a wife is the fathers responsibility because the command to live in an understanding and loving way is given to the father. All prayers for our children, mercy for our family, and the good fruit of life depend upon this very thing.
Who will stop the tears sown in anger, who will heal all that hurts in a family? A father has this authority and this power. How does a father achieve everything that is dear to his heart: Job22.21 Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.
Fathers, this is a wonderful and all powerful position that God has placed us in. No other can do it. We can walk away, but it does not go away. What do we need to do? God gave Job the answer; Job38.3a Dress for action like a man.
God has told His story of redemption as a Father and husband, and He wants us as a father and husband to live it out in our lives redeeming our families. We need to “dress for action”, our wives need us and our children need us more than ever…all that we do must be sown in peace for God is a God of peace. James3.17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Published on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 @ 4:46 AM CDT