This is Chad Gleaves with Sabbath Rest Magazine. Thank you for joining me on my journey to surrender to God through the weekly observance of the 7th day Sabbath.
Recently, one of the authors at Sabbath Rest Magazine, Terrie Carpenter, just finished an incredible article about the similarities between a ring as a sign of the covenant in our marriage relationship and Sabbath being a sign of our covenant with God.
It began to give me a view of Sabbath that I had never had before. So I asked Terrie’s permission to talk about some of the things I gleaned from her article in this podcast today.
The Bible makes it very clear that we are the bride of Christ, and as Exodus 31:13 says, Sabbath is a sign of that covenant between God and us. It’s almost as if God is saying, if you agree to these terms of marriage, then put on the ring of Sabbath.
If sabbath is a sign of a covenant relationship, I wonder if there are any expectations from God for that relationship?
To better understand what those expectations might be, let’s look closer at the analogy that God uses of marriage.
As a husband, one of my strongest desires, for my marriage, is to be the main man in my home. One of the worst feelings in the world is for another man to try to interfere with my home. Unless I invite you and your advice into my home, please do not interfere.
Another thing that would really irritate me is if my wife were to create something that looks like me or something that sounded like me and spent time with it as a replacement to me. If I was replaced in my home, I would be a little upset.
Another thing I desire in my home is to be respected by my wife and my children more than I want affection. I would rather have my wife’s respect rather than my wife’s affection because then, I know that she will follow my leadership.
So as my wife put on the wedding ring, what are the things that I want her to commit to? What are the things I subconsciously or consciously expect out of our marriage?
To let me be the head of the home
To let me be the only man in the home
To honor and respect me
So my wife wears a ring as an outward sign that she will do these things for me.
It’s interesting how organized God is. He put Sabbath as the fourth commandment in a list. I wonder if God has expectations for our relationship with him? It’s almost as if God had a few things he wanted us to know before he suggested we put the ring on.
Let’s look at the three commandments before the commandment of Sabbath.
1 There should be only one God in our life
2 In your efforts to love God, don’t make the mistake of creating something that looks like God and therefore can replace God.
3. We should honor and respect him
It’s almost as if God has the same desires that a husband does.
To let Him be the head of the home
To let Him be the only man in the home
To honor and respect Him
Again, The Bible makes it very clear that we are the bride of Christ, and as Exodus says, Sabbath is a sign of that covenant. It seems that God is saying, “if you agree to these terms of marriage,then let’s put on the ring of Sabbath.”
If you would like to read Terrie Carpenter’s full article on this topic, you can find her article here – lovingthelight.blog.com/2013/05/09/sa…-remembrance/