MONDAY, MARCH 18
“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.”
Hebrews 13:4 ESV
A woman decided to have her portrait painted. She told the artist, “Paint me with diamond rings, a diamond necklace, emerald bracelets, a ruby broach, and a gold Rolex.” “But you are not wearing any of those things,” he replied. “I know,” she said. “It’s in case I should die before my husband. I’m sure he will remarry right away, and I want his new wife to go crazy looking for the jewelry.”
“Honor” in Hebrews 13:4 literally speaks of things or people which are costly, precious or valuable. In this passage we are reminded to see marriage as a valuable gift from God and to treat it as such. Also don’t forget the context of this paragraph is Hebrews 13:1 which begins with “let brotherly love continue”. We shouldn’t need to be reminded but the command to love others also applies to our spouse and our marriages. Many scholars agree that this instruction was a response to a low view of marriage at the time of its writing. This can also be seen in our culture today with people seeing less and less of a need for marriage.
If you are married, what is one way you can show your spouse today that you treasure the marriage God has given you? If you are not married, does your list of what you may want in a spouse include someone who values God’s view of marriage? All of us can pray that God would restore or grow our vision of marriage as a great treasure.