Friday, 13 December 2013

When God’s Word is Perfectly Clear

The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 1Corinthians 7:3

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I know the meaning of some passages in Scripture allude me.  I am not one to study the text in Hebrew or Greek to ascertain which bible translation does a particular passage the most justice when compared to the original language.  What is disconcerting to me are the passages that are particular clear, i.e. I have no doubt what it is saying, yet I treat it as though it might as well be in a language with which I am unfamiliar.

When it comes to marriage God provided some reasonably clear instructions.  “Men love your wives as much as you love yourself.”  Ten simple words, in fact only one is more than one syllable.   Which word (s) as men would we not understand?

Perhaps the first Peter verse is confusing, “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect…”  Being considerate does not merely mean to open the car door for your wife, it means get to know them exceedingly well, know everything about them.

To wives He wrote “…the wife must respect her husband.”  I’ll accept that the word respect may be somewhat unclear.  May I suggest that nagging, constructively critiquing or in any way treating your husband as a home improvement project would most likely come under the category of disrespect.

In 1Corinthians7:3 the wife is encouraged to fulfill her marital duty to her husband.  I recognize the term “duty” is ambiguous.

Just a few simple statements as to how husbands and wives should approach one another.  If we as married couples did no more than what God instructed in these few verses we would experience much joy. 

What we have managed to do with marriage is the same thing the Jewish religious leaders did with the Ten Commandments.  As if ten were not good enough the Pharisees and Sadducees added over 600 laws for the Jewish people to follow in addition to God’s Ten, how presumptuous.  In the same way thousands of books have been written on the subject of marriage.  Marriage still boils down to love and respect with the biggest deterrent to doing either being self-centeredness.

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