Why did God Establish Marriage?

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. “The final and conclusive proof of all that I have been saying is in the truth that when God created us male and female and established the state of marriage, he did so for a definite purpose. What was it? It was to provide the best illustration – Ephesians 5:31-32

“The final and conclusive proof of all that I have been saying is in the truth that when God created us male and female and established the state of marriage, he did so for a definite purpose. What was it? It was to provide the best illustration in life of how God joins a man or woman to Jesus Christ and how he joins them to him forever.

Someone says, “Didn’t God create marriage so there would be children? Isn’t marriage for reproduction?” No, it is not. Oh, I know that this is one sideline of marriage, but it is secondary. If it were not, a marriage without children would be incomplete, a failure; and that is not true.

“Well, then, why did he establish it?” He established it as an illustration of the relationship between Christ and the church. Paul says in Ephesians 5 that a wife is to submit to her husband “as to the Lord.” He says that a husband is to love his wife “just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” He concludes by saying of marriage, “This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church” (v. 32). In other words, God established marriage so that a Christian husband and a Christian wife could act out in their own relationship the relationship that Christ has to you and me and thereby point men to him as the supreme love, bridegroom, husband, protector, and provider of his church.

To marry as God intends men and women to marry is to illustrate this most sublime of relationships—the relationship of the Lord Jesus Christ to those who believe on him, and the relationship of the church to Jesus, to the one who loved us and who gave himself for us. If you see this truth, then you are well on the way to a blessed and happy marriage. For you will have the spiritual motivation and overall orientation to make a happy marriage possible.”

Boice, J. M. (2002). The Sermon on the Mount: An expositional commentary (107–108). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

Luther on God’s Word

luther-w-bible“That the Bible is God’s word and book I prove thus:  All things that have been, and are, in the world, and the manner of their being, are described in the first book of Moses on the creation; even as God made and shaped the world, so does it stand to this day.

Infinite potentates have raged against this book, and sought to destroy and uproot it – king Alexander the Great, the princes of Egypt and of Babylon, the monarchs of Persia, of Greece, and of Rome, the emperors Julius and Augustus – but they nothing prevailed; they are all gone and vanished, while the book remains, and will remain for ever and ever, perfect and entire, as it was declared at the first.

Who has thus helped it; who has thus protected it against such mighty forces?  No one, surely, but God himself, who is the master of all things.  And ’tis no small miracle how God has so long preserved and protected this book; for the devil and the world are sore foes to it.  I believe that the devil has destroyed many good books of the church, as, aforetime, he killed and crushed many holy persons, the memory of whom has now passed away; but the Bible he was fain to leave subsisting.

In like manner have baptism, the sacrament of the altar, of the true body and blood of Christ and, the office of  preaching remained unto us, despite the infinitude of tyrants and heretic persecutors.  God, with singular strength, has upheld these things; let us, then, baptize, administer the sacrament, and preach, fearless of impediment.  Homer, Virgil, and other noble, fine, and profitable writers, have left us books of great antiquity; but they are nought to the Bible.

While the Romish church stood, the Bible was never given to the people in such a shape that they could clearly, understandingly, surely, and easily read it, as they now can in the German translation, which, thank God, we have prepared here at Wittenberg.”

Martin Luther, “The Tabletalk of Martin Luther”

Christina’s SUPER Secret Thick and Hearty Lentil Soup Recipe

lentilsoupfinalSo here’s a soup I’ve been hearing about all winter but have yet to try my hand at.  Lentil soup.  Partially inspired by my friend and co-worker Raeann, who makes this pretty regularly, I decided today was the day.  All I have to say is, “Wow. Why did it take me so long to make this soup?” It’s hearty, healthy, and very nice on the wallet. Not to mention it’s the perfect comfort food for these brutally cold winter days.  No doubt I’ll be making this again, tweaking it some more.  But in the meantime, here’s my first stab at Lentil soup.  Not for nuthin’ but you can kind of understand how Esau lost his mind over a pot of lentils.  They’re very good!

Ingredients:

1 small onion
1 celery stick
1 carrot stick
1 small garlic clove
1 16 oz bag of lentils
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
6 – 8 cups of vegetable or chicken broth
2 tablespoons of olive oil OR 8 tablespoons of vegetable or chicken broth for oil-free soup!
6-8 bay leaves
salt and pepper

Saute chopped onions, celery, carrots, and garlic until tender.

LentilSaute

Add 6 cups of broth, lentils, tomatoes, and bay leaves.  As you can see here, I forgot the tomatoes.  I added them much later.  Doesn’t seem to have made much of a difference.

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Bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer for about 50 mins or until lentils are tender.

Lentilsimmer

Add a little parmesan cheese, a nice piece of Italian bread, and come on!  It doesn’t get much better than this. Nice. Easy. Healthy. Cheap.  What more do you want?

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