How God sees marriage

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No matter how you were married you will have taken vows. Those vows were meant to be kept. You entered a covenant: an agreement or contract with the person you married. This cannot be taken lightly. It is a legal commitment.

God's view of covenants

Similarly, God does not look at a covenant of marriage lightly. It is not just a contract. It is a blood covenant.

Leviticus 17:10-14

This passage tells us that the life of a creature is in the blood. A human contract is only binding to the extent that our word is good. Where we take on a "blood covenant", we are laying our life on the line for our spouse. Marriage (in the way that God planned marriage to be) is the same type of relationship that He desires to have with His church.

Some people get married for all sorts of reasons, perhaps for sex, companionship, love, to provide a home for children, social acceptance, economic advantages or security.

The biblical picture of marriage is the blending of two lives in the deepest possible way into a new unit that will both satisfy the individuals involved and serve the purposes of God. The heart of mankind cries out for unity. (Genesis 2:18 - "It is not good that man should be alone.") Remember, this happened before humanity rebelled against God. Adam - the representative human being - was having close fellowship with God. Yet God said this was not enough. God's saw that Adam had a greater need and His response was to create a woman - Eve - who could be a suitable helper for Adam. The Hebrew word used here literally means "face-to-face". In other words, God created someone with whom the man could have a face-to-face relationship. It speaks of an in-depth, personal relationship which unites the two in an unbreakable union that can satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart.