Deuteronomy 24-27: Sacred Marriage

One of the problems I have found since beginning this daily devotion blog is that I cannot hope to cover everything from each section that I read. The blog posts would be at least as long as the passages themselves, and who wants to read that much of what I write?

That said, I came across one of my favorite verses in scripture this morning. Deuteronomy 24:5 says:

“When a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be liable for any other public duty. He shall be free at home one year to be happy with his wife whom he has taken.

This verse comes within a section of deuteronomy labeled “miscellaneous laws” which would highly recommend reading. It is one of my favorites because it emphasizes that right sort of priorities in life. Yes, duty is important. Yes, ministry is essential. Yes, service is necessary and good. But there is no institution in this life more important than marriage. The Bible is serious when it comes to protecting this sacred institution. Every law condemning sexually immorality, every mention of divorce, ever explanation of proper marriage procedure is designed in Scripture to guard marriages against sin and failure.

If only our government put this sort of law into effect. Could you imagine? How many marriages would be saved if men and women were not allowed to go to war, or even be deployed at all until after their first year of marriage? This country would be a different place.

For too long we have held too low a view of marriage. I think it’s time to change things. God considers marriage sacred, a holy and spiritual act. We must do the same. The Bible commands this sacred view of marriage and in so doing elevates it to a position of beauty and importance surpassed only by the church of God itself.

I love being married!

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