Day Sixty-One, Various Passages from Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy
Today’s reading includes various rules about marriage, divorce, adultery, prostitution, incest, etc.
I don’t have too much to say regarding these rules, considering that I’ve never been married.
I do know that God takes marriage very seriously. He likens the relationship between Him and His people to that of a husband and wife. When the Israelites turn away from Him to follow other gods, they are guilty of adultery, in a sense.
Yet even though His people are unfaithful, God remains faithful.
A couple of other favorite passages come to mind…
The command in Ephesians for husbands to “love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her…”
And a passage from Hosea, where the Lord says, “’Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up out of Egypt. In that day,’ declares the Lord, ‘you will call me “my husband”’ you will no longer call me “my master”…’I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.’”