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4 Quick Thoughts on Marriage

One of the things I absolutely love about my seminary is that they truly value the marriages of their students. As a result they have a couple’s banquet every year where the married students are served dinner by the professors, child care is provided, and a miniature sermon about marriage is presented. This year one of my professors, Carl Laney, gave four reasons why marriage should be held in honor and I thought they were so great I’d share them here.

  1. God ordained it. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24).” Marriage is the first institution created by God. Any other time God has made a covenant with man it has been regarded as something sacred and holy. In the same way, marriage should be viewed as a sacred institution that was created by God.
  2. Jesus blessed it. Jesus blessed marriage by turning water to wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-12). He did this because marriage is something that deserves to be celebrated. Furthermore, Jesus said that there is a supernatural element to marriage. God joins the husband and wife, and we ought not separate what God has joined (Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9)
  3. Children illustrate it. From the beginning, the biblical view of children is that they are a blessing. When a child is born, they have DNA from both the mother and the father. This is an illustration of the bond that occurs at marriage. Children are a vivid reminder of that unity that God creates when he weds a man and a woman.
  4. Death alone ends it. Marriage is intended as a lifelong covenant between a man and a woman in the sight of God and their family. The Bible says that wives are bound to their husbands as long as he is alive (Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:39). It also says that men are to love their lives to the point of dying for her (Ephesians 5:25-30). This lifelong devotion is meant to serve as a picture of Christ’s devotion to the Church.

There you have it! May your marriage be blessed and may it be a blessing.

187 + 182 + 600 = Methuselah

(Fair warning: If you don’t care about some of the Geeky incidental details of the Bible, stop reading now.)

 

This week I start classes at Western Seminary and to prepare I’ve started doing my required readings. For one of my classes I’ll be reading through a large portion of the Old Testament (Genesis through Song of Solomon). I don’t know about you, but any time I read a list of Hebrew names, I always wonder what they mean. Do any of them mean, “he eats his boogers” or “he makes a tasty chicken sandwich”? Yesterday as I was reading Genesis 5, I took the time to look up the names in Gen 5:6-25. But before I show you what I found out, we have to do a little math, so bear with me.

In Gen 5:25, we read that Methuselah fathered Lamech when he was 187. Then, in Gen 5:28, we find out that Lamech fathered Noah when he was 182. Add those two together and you get 396… which means that Methuselah was 369 years old when Noah, his grandson, was born.

We all know what Noah is most famous for:  the Ark! Noah’s Ark, right? Well how old was Noah when the deluge came? Genesis 7:6, says that Noah was 600 years old when the flood came. So add 600 to the 396 and you get… drum roll… 969. Pretty cool, right? Yeah, not really…unless you look at Genesis 5:27 and pay attention to Methuselah’s age when he died:  969!

So why is this (debatably) interesting enough to warrant a blog post? Well, I’m glad you asked! Guess what Methuselah’s name means. Yesterday I found out that, according to The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names, Methuselah can mean “Messenger of death,” ”Man of the dart,” ”A man of the javelin,” or, most commonly and most interesting “When he is dead it shall be sent.”

“When he is dead it shall be sent??” Yeah, that was his name!

What shall be sent? The flood! The year Methuselah died was the same year that God sent the flood to cleanse the earth. For almost 1,000 years, Methuselah’s name served as a warning of judgment that the flood was coming!