3. Name 4 great marriages of the Bible
Well, how did you do?
- For question one you might have answered Ruth, Esther, Deborah, Abigail, Elizabeth, Mary, Lydia, and others.
- For question two you might have answered Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Elijah, David, Solomon, John, Peter and others.
- So how did you do on question three?
I came up empty.
A few marriages clearly were not in the great category:
- Adam & Eve
- Honeymoon in paradise, but her quest for knowledge got them evicted
- Abraham & Sarah
- "She’s not my wife, she’s my sister”—so much for stepping up...
- Moses & Zipporah
- Spent a lot of time apart. She tossed a foreskin at him in Exodus 4:25!
Somewhat more promising:
- Ruth and Boaz
- We read about the romance, but not much about their marriage
- Rachel and Jacob
- Another romance. Jacob clearly loved Rachel, but we don’t learn about their marriage other than fertility troubles
The best (?):
- The “excellent wife” in Proverbs 31
- Trust, financial gain and “She does him good and not evil All the days of her life” – not much else.
- Aquila and Priscilla in Acts 18
- Obviously a great couple, who helped Paul in his ministry. But we don’t learn anything specific about their marriage.
Marriage is the only human institution established before the fall. It is used to symbolize the relationship between God and Israel Jeremiah 31:32 and Christ and the Church—and yet there are only a handful of verses regarding its practice.
Why did God choose to give marriage the silent treatment?