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Hold Fast To The Blessing

Genesis 2:24 (ESV) --  Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

There are sayings we use every day and you hear others use every day, but we often don’t understand their origins. Let me give you a few examples.

The phrase,“Rule of Thumb, can be used to describe a common behavior or expectation. This phrase originated in 17th century England, when the width and length of a thumb was a frequently used unit of measurement.

“Bite the Bullet” originated in the wars of the 19th century. When medics were without any means for pain control, they would have wounded soldiers bite down on a bullet during surgical procedures. 

“Bust Your Chops” is based on the word “chops,” which was referenced as far back as the 16th century as the jaw or side of a man’s face. The phrase, “bust your chops” is based on the figurative meaning of someone who is punched in the face.

Why am I sharing these? Because we use phrases like these all the time without understanding the history behind them or where they originated. When it comes to the topic of marriage, we do something very similar. We see marriages, we assume we understand marriage, but we have no idea of the origins and the purpose of marriage. We want marriages to be healthy and enjoyable, but we see them sick and dysfunctional. Why? Because we do not understand the design and purpose for which marriage was created.

Pursuing God’s purpose FOR marriage, allows us to experience
God’s blessing THROUGH marriage.

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Truth bomb, right here. You have to know what a marriage is, from a biblical perspective, before you can pursue God’s purposes for why it exists. It is only when you know what a marriage is and you pursue its purpose, that you can truly experience the joy of God’s blessing in being married.  

Reflection & Journal:
- What are the mistakes some make in their understanding of the design and purpose of marriage?
- What is God’s design and purpose for marriage?
- How does following God’s design for marriage bring us joy and give Him glory?

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