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The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion for him who corresponds to him.” So, the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep, and while he was asleep, he took part of the man’s side and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the part he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This one at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one will be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and unites with his wife, and they become a new family.

Genesis 2:18, 21–24

 

Featured Book

Spouse in the House is a frank and funny look at what to do when together is too close.

Two's company, especially for those who love each other. So what happens when--due to retirement, working from home, or even running a business together--spouses find that being in the same space all the time is awkward, complex, annoying, and just plain challenging? How can partners coexist without co-exhausting each other?

Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby know all too well how adjusting to a new, all-the-time closeness can cause the bliss of marriage to form blisters. Drawing from their experiences, and from men and women across the country in the same situation, the authors take a deep breath and dive into the root causes. They dig into the ways God's Word has to say, and they offer practical tips for learning the spiritual, emotional, relational, and even physical steps that can help readers replace irritation with peace.

For any Christian who wants their home to be a refuge of peace and serenity for all--not just themselves--and who wants to know they aren't alone in the mental and physical claustrophobia of too much togetherness, Spouse in the House is a vulnerable,charming, and pragmatic breath of hope.

 

 

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Featured Reflection 

"Celebrating Marriage"

 

I've been thinking about marriage recently. When I was a chaplain, my heart would go out to those who lost their spouse after 30, 40, and 50 plus years of marriage. And though marriage … the union of two people as partners in a personal relationship … is a wonderful institution, it is a challenging one to maintain. Consequently, reading wedding anniversaries on Face Book are always fun to see regardless of the year being celebrated. All wedding anniversaries are milestones worthy of announcing and celebrating.

About a month ago, July 7,  Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter celebrated 75 years of marriage at the age of 96 and 93 respectively. What an accomplishment! But what caught my attention was Jimmy Carter’s response when asked during a CNN interview about the secret to their enduring marriage. He replied that we try to find things we can do together and yet we give each other space to do our own thing, we try to reconcile our differences before going to sleep every evening, and we read the Bible together. As a religious person, these ideas of respecting one another’s interests and reconciling differences daily strike me to be pretty sound biblical principles. Naturally, the Carter’s have been through a lot together … the good, the bad, and the ugly … and yet their marriage has endured.

Shortly after watching the brief CNN interview with the Carters, I was in the process of translating a section in Hebrews 11 about Abraham and Sarah for a New Tyndale Version Bible. The verses that caught my attention are 8 and 11–12.

"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out to a place that he was about to receive as an inheritance, obeyed God and he went out without understanding where he was going" (v 8; cf. Gen 12:1-4).

"By faith Sarah, even though she was incapable of bearing children, received the ability to procreate because she regarded God who had given the promise, faithful. And so, from one couple (and this one couple was as good as dead) became parents of children as many as the starry heaven and as innumerable of the sand on the seashore" (vv 11–12; cf. Gen 17:15-22; 21:1-3).

It has been suggested (though debated among the Jewish sources) that since they were barren for 75 years, Abraham and Sarah were probably married at 25 and 15 (Yalkut Shimoni 16:78). So, when their son Isaac was born to them, Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah 90 (Gen 21:5). That means, it was during their 75th wedding anniversary that they gave birth to their first child, Isaac. Wow! Can you image today’s CNN reporting about the Carter’s having a baby at their age? (Lol) When Sarah died, she was reportedly 127 (Gen 23:1), which means that they were married some 112 years. Amazing! And while I’d love to ask Abraham and Sarah what the secret was to their marriage, I suspect they would say that though there were numerous uncertainties throughout their marriage about how God was working (cf. Gen 15:2–6; 16:1-4), they continued to trust God for the promises he made to them.

So, as I consider the secret to a successful marriage — no matter how long two people have been married — maintaining longevity in any marriage isn’t always easy to navigate. Whether someone’s been married more than once, there’s something to be said about “working at” exhibiting love for one another by way of respecting one another’s interests, reconciling differences, and trusting God during all of life’s uncertainties. “Marriage,” as the author of Hebrews exhorts, “must be honored by all” — and I might humbly add “celebrated during anniversary milestones.”  

by Herbert W. Bateman  IV
Ph.D. in New Testament Studies

 

 

 

 

 

An Exegetical Guide for Interpreting the General Letters (2013)

Kerux Commentary on Hebrews a Commentary for Preaching Teaching (2021)Big Greek Idea Commentary on James (2022)

Big Greek Idea Commentary on John's Letters (2018)

Evangelical Exegetical Commentary on Jude (2015, 2017)