Weddings are beautiful events. If you have attended a wedding, it is hard to ignore the romance in the air, and the electrifying mutual affection shared between the newlyweds. At the same time, a wedding can be a complex process. If you have been married, you will know that a marriage process takes place in stages, starting from the engagement and all the way through to the actual ceremony, signing of contracts, and ending off with a grand feast.
Contrary to secular belief, marriage is not just a simple expression of love shared between two individuals madly passionate about each other. Neither is marriage just “a piece of paper”. Marriage is God’s idea, and we will actually get to see how it plays out through this section in the book of Exodus! May this study move you as you understand the heart of God expressed through a marriage covenant process.
After understanding that the entire process between Exodus 19-24 is a marriage ceremony between God and Israel, it could almost feel daunting that the marriage contract comes with so many laws that seem so hard to follow, especially when many of us know that Israel had failed to obey them later on.
However, rather than look at laws as a set of rules to follow, let us allow the rules to reveal God’s heart for His people. Behind it all is a desire for His segulla to be holy and righteous so that they can draw close to Him and not stand far away as they were required to in Exodus 19:7-25.
Furthermore, God had given these laws to reveal Israel’s inability to depend on their own goodness, but to look to Him for a Saviour. These laws, as we know, would eventually point us to Jesus, who is the only One who fulfils the law completely (Matthew 7:17). He not only embodied these laws perfectly but paid the price of sin for us on the cross so that we could be holy and righteous before God forever, thus giving us the ability to commune in intimacy with Him.
Let’s reflect on these acts as a testimony of God’s intense love and desire for us, and choose to draw near to Him today, for He desires us to, and has even given us that very opportunity to do so.
Ask God to help you live out the two greatest commandments, which are loving Him and loving His people. You can also ask Him to give you a revelation of His love as a Bridegroom towards His Bride, the church. Are there any reasons that might keep you distant and unable to draw near to Him in an intimate way? Ask Him to reveal these reasons and help you to release them to Him so that you can enjoy an unhindered relationship with Him, as He has desired.