Marriage was meant to be one of the most uplifting and edifying aspects of human existence. It was designed to reveal our humanity in ways that nothing else could. As if God hadn't already done enough for humankind by birthing the earth from His creative Word, He chose to give us perhaps the best blessing of all - marriage!
In this quarter, we are going to look at married couples in the Old Testament, not so much as study on the principles of marriage, but rather to use married couples (though in many cases the marriages were composed more than "couples") as a starting point to learn various lessons about faith, works, obedience, hope, trust, love, and a host of other aspects of what it means to be a follower of the Lord in a fallen world.
It makes good sense to use marriage as a starting point, simply because marriage is so fundamental to human existence and is often used in the Bible as a symbol for various spiritual truths. It is out of the marriage relationship that the foundation of the family is formed, and that humanity continues to propagate itself.
So for the next few months as we explore the relationships of various couples—Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Ruth and Boaz, even Ahab and Jezebel, and more—we’ll seek to mine from the Word of God practical truths that we can apply to our daily relationships with one another and with the Lord.
The principles we can learn from studying these marriages often can be applied to various aspects of our lives, whether we are married or not.