You know it’s serious when marriage gets hijacked. Marriage has its roots deep in Biblical history and was initially sanctioned by God Himself. It took 6000+ years but man has finally hijacked marriage too.
‘Where did marriage begin?’, you ask. Turn your Bibles to Genesis 2.
“21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” AKJV
God saw that man was alone and made a woman to fit him. The original idea was the pairing of man and woman.
Let’s take this word ‘wife’ and analyse it. In the Hebrew text it is the word אִשָּׁה (ishshah). It is also the word used for ‘woman’. It refers to a woman, wife, married and female and never refers to a male. What is interesting is that the word ‘man’ in the same scriptures above comes from the Hebrew word אִישׁ (iysh). It is also husband or male and never refers to a female.
The idea here is that BIBLICALLY, iysh and iysh cannot be man and wife and ishshah and ishshah can never be man and wife.
But mankind hijacks everything. Mankind twists, bends and tweaks the original to suit his appetites and desires.
One of the ways mankind manipulates and eventually hijacks things is via the CIVIL LAW. Every Holy Spirit-filled and Holy Spirit-educated believer knows the LAW is weak in that it reveals the sin but cannot eradicate the sin.
“…by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20 AKJV
The Law puts the weaknesses of mankind out in the open for all to see but it cannot heal those weaknesses. It cannot heal the diseases nor can it transform the soul. The law reveals but it does not regenerate.
My point is, under the civil LAW, mankind can make a legal ruling that hijacks the BIBLICAL ‘institution’ of marriage. Under mankind’s law it would be observable and legal but could never be ‘good law’ under God’s LAW.
“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” Romans 3:19 AKJV
As believers we separate the two. We are under God’s Supreme Law and are Justified by it in every way when we take on God’s righteousness through Christ Jesus and are obedient to His Word.
“But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” Galatians 5:18 AKJV
We believers are under GRACE and are called to Love and serve one another.
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. ” Galatians 5:13 AKJV
We are not called to love and serve the works of the flesh:
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21 AKJV
Just so you know, changing the civil law does not justify or excuse works of the flesh since works of the flesh still violate God’s law.
The law reveals the sin but the righteousness of God is also manifested through Christ Jesus.
“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:” Romans 3 21-22 AKJV
As it stands, let us pray for the people who have hijacked marriage. Our God is merciful, He is a redeemer and we are under grace. Blessings!