Relationships—The studies to follow focus particularly upon relationships prior to marriage as well as those within and outside of the marriage bond. This week’s study focuses upon those elements which tend to sever the family unit.
Interesting fact: As has already been stated, the land of Israel will be identified as Beulah because it will be married (Isaiah 62:4). The holy Jerusalem that will descend will not only be called “the Lamb’s wife” (Revelation 21:9-10) but is also identified as “the mother of us all” (Galatians 4:26). When the new Jerusalem descends, it will do so “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2).
Bible study tip: God integrates earthly and understandable illustrations within His word to teach or foreshadow heavenly truths. For instance, the earthly tabernacle and temple pictures the heavenly tabernacle and temple. The husband and wife relationship pictures Christ’s love for His church. The birth of a child illustrates the new birth experienced by all those who trust Christ as Saviour. When these methods are used, the association will be identified which alerts the reader into the necessity of recognizing the heavenly truth being taught.
Sunday, Day 246—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 247—Trouble in the Home
Tuesday, Day 248—He Hateth Putting Away
Wednesday, Day 249—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 250—The Hardness of Your Hearts
Friday, Day 251—Grounds for Divorce
Saturday, Day 252—The Fatherless and Widows
Day 246: Church Day
1 Corinthians 7:10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:
11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
16 For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?