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The Blessed Marriage

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May 10, 2020
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Pastor Robert shares how marriage represents God on earth; Christ and the Church; and covenant.

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: You all know whySatan hates marriage so much,
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  • because it's the image of Godon this earth. That's why.
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  • Satan...listen to this,think about this!
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  • Satan did not attack Adamuntil the image of God
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  • appeared on the earth.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: So we're in a seriescalled “Blessed Families.”
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  • This weekend, I want to talkabout “The Blessed Marriage.”
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  • Marriage is underattack in our country
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  • and all over the world.
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  • I don't know ifyou've noticed that.
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  • There's a statistic...let me make sure
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  • I get it exactly right here.
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  • 1930 - in 1930,
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  • 83% of adult Americansin America were married.
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  • Today, 49.7% are married,and I want to show you
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  • why Satan hatesmarriage so much.
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  • And I want to show you,in Matthew 19,
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  • what I believe to bethe most in-depth passage
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  • on marriage in the Bible.
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  • Now that's saying a lot,because most would believe
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  • it's Ephesians 5, and I'mnot downplaying Ephesians 5.
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  • I'm not downplayingthat at all.
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  • That's an extremelyimportant chapter on marriage.
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  • But, in Matthew 19, we havea question being asked about
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  • marriage and divorce, and JesusHimself gives the answer.
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  • Remember, Jesus is God.
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  • So, this is God's answerabout marriage and divorce.
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  • Now, I also want tomake another statement.
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  • If you've experienced a divorce,in no way do I ever want you
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  • to feel condemnation,no way at all.
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  • I'm gonna say something,and I'll say it
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  • a little differently thanthe way you've heard it
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  • and I'll explain it.But for Debbie, there go I.
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  • Now, let me tell youwhat I mean by that.
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  • The saying and expression is,which I agree with
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  • and I think it'sa great expression,
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  • is, “But for the graceof God, there go I.”
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  • I agree with that,that God's grace
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  • has played a hugepart in our marriage.
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  • I agree with that.
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  • But, some could hear thatwho have experienced divorce
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  • and say, well, this guy said,“But for the grace of God,
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  • there go I.”I would be divorced also.
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  • And so, they might think, well,where was the grace of God
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  • in my situation?
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  • You see what I'm saying?
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  • And you have to understandthat when it comes to marriage,
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  • it takes two people.
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  • So, the reasonI'm saying that is,
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  • yes, but for the graceof God and Debbie,
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  • I would be divorced,because Debbie
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  • could have divorced meon several occasions.
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  • I mean, I was a jerk.I was a chauvinist.
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  • I verbally abusedher in my 20s.
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  • I said and didstupid things.
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  • She could have divorced me.
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  • So, but for Debbieand the grace of God,
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  • I would have experienceddivorce as well.
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • So if you'veexperienced divorce,
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  • this is a nocondemnation message.
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  • But, I want to showyou what the Bible says
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  • about marriage and divorce,and how important marriage
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  • is in the Bible,and personally,
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  • I think most peopledon't realize how serious
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  • God is about marriage,and I want to show you why.
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  • He tells us why.
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  • In other words,He gives us the reason
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  • why marriage is so important.
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  • He gives us the reason,and it's God Himself.
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  • It's in red.
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  • I like to say that,it's in red.
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  • So, it's Jesustalking, all right?
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  • So, Matthew 19:3.
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  • “The Pharisees also came to Him,testing Him and saying to Him,
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  • 'Is it lawful for a manto divorce his wife
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  • for just any reason?'
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  • And He answered and saidto them, are you crazy?
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  • No, I'm kidding.
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  • But, that's kind ofwhat He's implying!
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  • Here's what He says.
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  • “Have you not read?”
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  • In other words, have younever read the Bible yourself?
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  • If you'd read the Bible,you wouldn't have even needed
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  • to ask me this question.Watch.
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  • “Have you not read thatHe who made them,” them,
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  • that's husband and wife,male and female,
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  • “at the beginning”,that's before the fall,
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  • before the broken family came inthat I talked about last week.
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  • And then it'squotations now.
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  • It's ‘cause He's quoting,Genesis 1:26-27.
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  • “Made them male and female,and He said, 'For this reason.'"
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  • Now, we're gonnacome back to that,
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  • because there's a reason whyHe's talking about marriage
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  • and divorce, and why God wouldnot have permitted divorce
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  • in the beginning.
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  • Okay, there'sa reason, okay?
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  • “For this reason a man shallleave his father and mother
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  • and be joined to his wife.”
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  • This word, “joined”,
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  • is the word you use whenyou yoke animals together,
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  • and by the way,it means equally yoked.
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  • That means eachperson does his share.
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  • That's the onlyway marriage works.
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  • I heard someone say one time,marriage is 50/50.
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  • It's not.It's 100/100.
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  • It takes 100% commitmenton both parts. Okay.
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  • “For this reason a manshall leave his father
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  • and mother and be”equally yoked “to his wife.
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  • And the two shall become one.”Now, I've got to stop again.
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  • Do you think thatJesus exaggerates?
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  • Do you?
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  • That shouldn't take you thatlong to answer that question.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Do you think He lies?
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  • Do you think that Hestretches the truth?
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  • Jesus said, “The two”...the two, watch this,
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  • “The two become one.”“The two become one.”
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  • They become one.They become one flesh.
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  • “Therefore”...I remember hearingan old preacher one time
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  • and he said, “Anytime you seethe word “therefore”,
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  • you need to lookto see what it's there for.”
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  • [Laughter]
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  • “Therefore, what God hasjoined together”, made one,
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  • “let not man”, that wouldbe the husband as well.
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  • This is askingabout a husband,
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  • can a husband divorcehis wife for any reason?
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  • “Let not man”, or anyman, “separate.” Okay.
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  • This is the answer to thequestion that they asked.
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  • Here's my problem.
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  • They ask another question,which we're gonna read it
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  • in a moment, and then Heanswers that question.
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  • But, a lot of people will givethat answer to this question.
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  • Are you following me?
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  • I don't know how familiaryou are with this passage
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  • and the teachingof marriage and divorce,
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  • but many people will say,will give the next answer
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  • as His answer to this question,
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  • but that's not Hisanswer to this question.
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  • They said, “Is it lawful fora man to divorce his wife
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  • for any reason at all?”
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  • And He said, “Haveyou not read?”
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  • Have you not read thatwhen God made them
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  • in the beginning,He made them male and female,
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  • and a man will leave his fatherand mother and be joined,
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  • equally yoked, to his wife?And the two will become one.
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  • Therefore what Godhas joined together,
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  • let not any personin the world separate that.
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  • That's His answer.
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  • It's over at that point.That's His answer.
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  • Then they ask anotherquestion, okay?
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  • And then He answersthat question.
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  • So, but His questionright now is...
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  • let me just sum it up. No.
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  • That's His answer -no, it's not.
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  • That's what He's saying.No, the two have become one.
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  • God's joined them together.
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  • Okay, now watchthe next one.
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  • “They said to Him, 'Whythen did Moses command,'"
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  • notice this word, “command”,“to give a certificate
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  • of divorce and toput her away?”
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  • He”, Jesus, “said to them,'Moses, because of the hardness
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  • of your hearts,permitted you,'"
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  • permitted you,“'to divorce your wives,
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  • but from the beginningit was not so.'”
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  • Not until sin cameinto this world,
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  • “because of the hardnessof your heart.”
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  • Now, listen to me carefully.Please hear me again.
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  • I've got to speakthe truth, and please
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  • don't think I'm tryingto attack someone
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  • if they've experienced this,but I will say this.
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  • In every divorce thereis at least one person
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  • with a hard heart.
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  • Sometimes there are two,but most times
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  • there's really just onethat has a hard heart.
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  • And here's what He said.
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  • They said Mosescommanded, commanded,
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  • to give a certificateof divorce.
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  • He said Moses permitted youto put your wife away,
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  • to divorce your wife,if you had a hard heart, men -
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  • if you have a hard heart.
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  • And here's what was going onat the time when this became
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  • a part of the law.
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  • Men were marrying otherwomen and neglecting
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  • their first wifeand abusing her,
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  • and actually lettingother men abuse her,
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  • and not letting her go free.
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  • And so, Moses then,it became a part of the law
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  • and Moses thenmade a commandment.
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  • Give her a certificate ofdivorce and maybe another man
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  • will treat her like the queenand the princess of God
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  • that she really is.That's where this came from.
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  • That's where thiscame from, okay?
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  • So, I want you to noticesomething, by the way.
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  • Moses, in biblical language,biblical interpretation,
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  • hermeneutics, exegesis, allof those words I love - okay.
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  • Moses represents the lawand Jesus represents grace.
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  • Let me show you theverse, so you know.
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  • John 1:17, “For the lawwas given through Moses,
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  • but grace and truthcame through Jesus.”
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  • Okay, here's my point.
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  • Jesus said...theysaid, is it lawful?
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  • Is it lawful for a manto divorce his wife?
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  • Jesus said, no, it's not.
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  • They said, well,Moses said you could.
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  • He said, underthe law, you can.
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  • Okay, listen.
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  • We would thinkit's the opposite.
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  • We would think that the lawsaid you're not supposed
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  • to divorce, and thatgrace says it's okay.
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • Grace says, no, you're ina covenant and you work it out.
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  • Law says, yeah, you got ahard heart, so just let her go.
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • Okay, so why? Why?
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  • Okay, so Jesus saidthese three words -
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  • “Have you not read,that in the beginning,
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  • God made them male and female”,and then He makes the statement,
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  • “For this reason.”Okay, what reason?
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  • What reason?
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  • Well, you've got to go backto Genesis 1:26,
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  • but I'm gonnatell you the reason. Okay.
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  • So, there are three things abouta blessed marriage
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  • you need to know, okay?
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  • Number one, marriagerepresents God.
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  • Marriage representsGod on this earth.
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  • So, back in that Matthew 19again, “And He answered
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  • and said, 'Have you not readthat He who made them
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  • at the beginning made themmale and female.
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  • For this reason a manshall leave his father
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  • and mother and be joined.'”
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  • Okay, so now we've got to goback to Genesis 1. Okay.
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  • “Then God said”, Verse 26,“let Us make man.”
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  • Is “Us” singular or plural?
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  • Plural.So, three in one.
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  • “Let Us make man”, and thatword, remember, is Adam,
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  • which means mankind.
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  • Let Us makemankind - not male.
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  • He didn't say let Us makemale in our image, He said,
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  • “Let Us make mankind”,male and female.
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  • “Let Us make mankind inOur image”, our is plural,
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  • “according to Our”,plural, “likeness.
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  • And let them”, plural,male and female,
  • 00:13:07.745 --> 00:13:11.482
  • “have dominion overthe fish of the sea,
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  • over the birds of the air,and over the cattle
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  • over all of the earth,every creeping thing
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  • that creeps on the earth,So, God created mankind”,
  • 00:13:18.122 --> 00:13:21.726
  • again, that's the wordhere in the Hebrew, mankind,
  • 00:13:21.826 --> 00:13:24.162
  • “in His own image;in the image of God,
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  • He created him, maleand female He created them.”
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  • Hear me! Male and femaleis the image of God.
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  • But, not just any man or anywoman, a husband and a wife,
  • 00:13:41.880 --> 00:13:47.252
  • because Adam and Eveweren't living in sin, okay?
  • 00:13:47.352 --> 00:13:50.088
  • We know that.
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  • The sin was eating from thetree they weren't supposed to.
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  • The other stuff theywere doing was fine.
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  • That wasn't sin. Okay?‘Cause they were married.
  • 00:13:55.593 --> 00:13:59.230
  • So, when God wanted to createa portrait of Himself
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  • on this earth,He created a marriage.
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  • That's what you'vegot to understand.
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  • God said, let's putOur image, Our likeness,
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  • on the earth,and He put a married couple.
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  • That is the image of God, okay?Marriage is the image of God.
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  • Listen, male is notthe image of God,
  • 00:14:20.952 --> 00:14:23.688
  • and all of the womencan say, praise God!
  • 00:14:23.788 --> 00:14:25.990
  • [Laughter]
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  • Male is notthe image of God.
  • 00:14:27.558 --> 00:14:30.528
  • Male and femaleis the image of God.
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  • A marriage is God.
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  • Do you want to know whySatan hates marriage so much?
  • 00:14:34.499 --> 00:14:36.100
  • Because it's the imageof God on this earth.
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  • That's why.
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  • Satan...listen to this,think about this!
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  • Satan did not attack Adam.
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  • He did not attackuntil the image of God
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  • appeared on the earth.
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  • That's when he got scared.
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  • He wasn't scaredof man by himself,
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  • He was scaredwhen God showed up.
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  • When he looked at God,he saw the image of God,
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  • but he didn't see it in Adam,he saw it in Adam and Eve.
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  • Are you all following me?This is phenomenal!
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  • That's when he got mad.Okay, so God is a triune God.
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  • I know that'sa theological word,
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  • but what that meansis three in one.
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  • Okay, but now, some peoplewill say, well, now,
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  • if He created male and femaleand that's His image,
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  • His image is three in one,but marriage is two in one.
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  • That's where youcompletely missed Him,
  • 00:15:29.887 --> 00:15:31.422
  • because marriage is a husband,a wife, and God.
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  • That is a blessed marriage.
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  • That is a blessed marriage,and that's the only way
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  • marriage works:three in one.
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  • When you get three in one, thenhell can't stand against you.
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  • You make sure God'sin your marriage.
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  • So, marriage is the imageof God on this earth.
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  • Here's number two.
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  • Marriage representsChrist and the church.
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  • This is why marriageis so important.
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  • It represents Christand the church.
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  • Okay, here's theEphesians 5 passage.
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  • Watch what three wordsit starts with,
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  • and watch what verse it againquotes from Genesis.
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  • Ephesians 5:31, “For thisreason”, in other words,
  • 00:16:16.067 --> 00:16:20.438
  • that we're the image bearersof God on the earth.
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  • “For this reason a man shallleave his father and mother
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  • and be joined to his wife”,glued to his wife.
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  • He's not glued to hisparents anymore,
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  • he's glued to his wife.
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  • “And the two shallbecome one flesh.
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  • This is a great mystery,but I speak concerning
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  • Christ and the church.
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  • Nevertheless let each oneof you in particular
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  • so love his own wife”,now this is talking to the men,
  • 00:16:43.795 --> 00:16:47.065
  • “as himself”, and nowtalking to the women,
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  • “and let the wife seethat she respects her husband.”
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  • So, the two of you togetherare representing the Trinity,
  • 00:16:53.071 --> 00:16:57.575
  • but as a couple now,as a man or a woman.
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  • As a man, you'rerepresenting Christ,
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  • and as a woman, you'rerepresenting the church.
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  • So again, let's talk aboutnow lost, someone lost.
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  • You're trying to winthem to the Lord.
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  • So, you're trying towin a guy, let's say.
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  • Husbands, I'll startwith you, then ladies,
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  • I'll get to you.Husbands, I'll start with you.
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  • Let's say that you're tryingto win Joe to the Lord.
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  • And so, Joe says to you,“Well, if I give my life
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  • to the Lord, what's my lifegonna be like after I give
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  • my life to the Lord?
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  • And how is God gonnatreat me if I give Him
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  • control of my life?”This is your answer.
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  • “Well, you know the wayI treat my wife?
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  • God is gonna treat youjust like I treat my wife.
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  • Would you like to be saved?”
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  • Yeah, let's get honest.What would Joe say?
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  • “Uh, God's gonna treat melike you treat your wife?
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  • I don't want to be saved.
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  • I don't want to be laughed at,I don't want to be put down,
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  • I don't want to be made fun of,I don't want to talked about
  • 00:18:09.881 --> 00:18:11.749
  • behind my back, and I don't wantto be ordered around.”
  • 00:18:11.849 --> 00:18:17.088
  • And we're gonna talkabout servant leadership,
  • 00:18:17.188 --> 00:18:18.823
  • but sir, if that's whatyou think marriage is,
  • 00:18:18.923 --> 00:18:22.393
  • you're a horribleexample of Jesus.
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  • And sometimes, I just say thingsjust straight out, don't I?
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  • I just...it evensurprises me.
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  • I think, well, you just saidthat kind of straight up there.
  • 00:18:32.436 --> 00:18:36.741
  • But, what Joe should say is,“You mean I'm gonna be loved,
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  • and I'm gonna be honored,and I'm gonna be treated
  • 00:18:40.912 --> 00:18:42.980
  • like royalty?
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  • Yes, I want toaccept Jesus Christ.
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  • If Jesus treats me likeyou treat your wife,
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  • I'd love to be saved.”See, we represent Christ.
  • 00:18:49.787 --> 00:18:55.259
  • Okay, ladies,it's your turn.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • So, let's say you'retalking to another lady,
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  • and she says, “You know, I don'treally know how to pray.
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  • I don't know howto talk to the Lord.”
  • 00:19:08.339 --> 00:19:11.309
  • And so, you say, “Well,
  • 00:19:11.409 --> 00:19:12.543
  • let me use theexample in the Scripture.
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  • If you want to know how totalk to the Lord, you talk
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  • to the Lord the same waythat I talk to my husband.”
  • 00:19:17.148 --> 00:19:21.986
  • [Laughter]
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  • What's she gonna say?You mean I can cuss Him out?
  • 00:19:27.792 --> 00:19:30.761
  • [Laughter]
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  • You mean I canbe disrespectful?
  • 00:19:34.232 --> 00:19:39.070
  • You mean I can talk about Hisweaknesses to everybody else?
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  • Please hear me.
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  • Marriage is a lot moreimportant than you think.
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  • This is why Jesus gotupset when they said,
  • 00:19:51.949 --> 00:19:56.387
  • is it okay to divorce?
  • 00:19:56.487 --> 00:19:59.290
  • You know whatHe was thinking'?
  • 00:19:59.390 --> 00:20:00.758
  • Would it be okay forthe Trinity to divorce?
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  • Have you not read that yourepresent Us on this earth?
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  • And you not only representthe Trinity,
  • 00:20:11.102 --> 00:20:13.671
  • you represent Meand the church.
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  • That's whatEphesians 5 says.
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  • Marriage, a husband and wife,
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  • represents Christand the church.
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  • The third thingmarriage represents.
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  • Marriage representscovenant. Covenant.
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  • Are you catching howimportant marriage is to God?
  • 00:20:32.256 --> 00:20:35.526
  • It's His image on the earth,it represents Christ
  • 00:20:35.626 --> 00:20:39.363
  • and the church,and it represents covenant.
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  • In Malachi, He's tellingthem why He's not accepting
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  • their offerings.
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  • The first reason,by the way, is their family.
  • 00:20:48.539 --> 00:20:51.442
  • Their family isout of order.
  • 00:20:51.542 --> 00:20:53.344
  • Actually, their faithis out of order.
  • 00:20:53.444 --> 00:20:54.712
  • The second reasonis their family,
  • 00:20:54.812 --> 00:20:55.813
  • and the third reasonis their finances.
  • 00:20:55.913 --> 00:20:57.214
  • That's where we getinto the part on tithing,
  • 00:20:57.315 --> 00:20:59.517
  • but this is the family part.
  • 00:20:59.617 --> 00:21:00.985
  • So, He's telling them,I am not receiving
  • 00:21:01.085 --> 00:21:02.853
  • your worship or your offerings.
  • 00:21:02.953 --> 00:21:05.356
  • And they said, Malachi 2:14,“Yet You say, for what reason?”
  • 00:21:05.456 --> 00:21:09.960
  • It's amazing that the othertwo passages also begin
  • 00:21:10.061 --> 00:21:11.962
  • with “For this reason.”
  • 00:21:12.063 --> 00:21:13.397
  • Now they're saying,“For what reason”
  • 00:21:13.497 --> 00:21:15.199
  • are You not acceptingour offerings?
  • 00:21:15.299 --> 00:21:16.934
  • “Because the Lord has beenwitness between you
  • 00:21:17.034 --> 00:21:19.437
  • and the wife of your youth,
  • 00:21:19.537 --> 00:21:20.871
  • with whom you havedealt treacherously,
  • 00:21:20.971 --> 00:21:22.340
  • yet she is your companionand your wife by covenant.”
  • 00:21:22.440 --> 00:21:29.513
  • In a contract,we protect our rights
  • 00:21:29.613 --> 00:21:32.817
  • and we limit ourresponsibilities.
  • 00:21:32.917 --> 00:21:35.252
  • Think about ifyou're buying a house,
  • 00:21:35.353 --> 00:21:36.587
  • or you're enteringinto a business agreement.
  • 00:21:36.687 --> 00:21:38.589
  • In a contract, you're tryingto protect your rights, right?
  • 00:21:38.689 --> 00:21:42.193
  • And you're trying to limityour responsibilities.
  • 00:21:42.293 --> 00:21:44.328
  • A covenant isjust the opposite.
  • 00:21:44.428 --> 00:21:46.063
  • In a covenant, we give upour rights and we pick up
  • 00:21:46.163 --> 00:21:48.666
  • our responsibilities, and thisis the example to the world.
  • 00:21:48.766 --> 00:21:54.872
  • See, again,if a lost person says,
  • 00:21:54.972 --> 00:21:57.208
  • “How do I know that Godwill keep His word to me?”
  • 00:21:57.308 --> 00:22:01.779
  • You know whatyou should say?
  • 00:22:01.879 --> 00:22:03.080
  • You should say, “Look at howmy wife and I have kept
  • 00:22:03.180 --> 00:22:05.816
  • our word, because see, weentered into a covenant, too.”
  • 00:22:05.916 --> 00:22:10.588
  • And by the way, let me justremind you of the covenant
  • 00:22:10.688 --> 00:22:13.491
  • that you entered intoif you're married -
  • 00:22:13.591 --> 00:22:15.659
  • for richer or for poorer,in sickness and in health.
  • 00:22:15.760 --> 00:22:23.467
  • Here's one - forbetter...what?
  • 00:22:23.567 --> 00:22:29.140
  • ‘Cause I've done a lotof marriage counseling
  • 00:22:29.240 --> 00:22:30.641
  • and people will say, well,it's really gotten bad.
  • 00:22:30.741 --> 00:22:32.777
  • Uh-huh, that's whatyou signed up for!
  • 00:22:32.877 --> 00:22:34.512
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:22:34.612 --> 00:22:35.780
  • And then, you justcouldn't shut up.
  • 00:22:35.880 --> 00:22:37.381
  • You went on and said,'til death do us part.
  • 00:22:37.481 --> 00:22:41.952
  • That's the covenantyou entered.
  • 00:22:42.052 --> 00:22:42.987
  • Okay, but it is an example.
  • 00:22:43.087 --> 00:22:45.055
  • It is...well, an example,I guess I should say,
  • 00:22:45.156 --> 00:22:49.026
  • of the new covenant,not the old covenant.
  • 00:22:49.126 --> 00:22:51.962
  • God said, I'm gonna love you,I'm gonna protect you,
  • 00:22:52.062 --> 00:22:55.065
  • provide for you, bless you.I'm gonna be your Father.
  • 00:22:55.166 --> 00:22:58.736
  • That's My part.
  • 00:22:58.836 --> 00:22:59.770
  • Your part is...you know what? Son?
  • 00:22:59.870 --> 00:23:09.880
  • Son, would youcome over here?
  • 00:23:09.980 --> 00:23:11.215
  • Jesus, would you come here?
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  • And the Son walks over,and the Lord says, Jesus,
  • 00:23:13.517 --> 00:23:17.755
  • this is Robert.
  • 00:23:17.855 --> 00:23:22.693
  • Robert's not gonna be ableto keep the covenant.
  • 00:23:22.793 --> 00:23:28.199
  • So, Son, I was wondering ifyou would go to the earth,
  • 00:23:28.299 --> 00:23:34.438
  • and if you would fulfillthe covenant for Robert,
  • 00:23:34.538 --> 00:23:39.844
  • and you'd live the lifethat he can't live.
  • 00:23:39.944 --> 00:23:44.448
  • And I also need you to diethe death that he should die.
  • 00:23:44.548 --> 00:23:49.620
  • And Jesus said,okay, I'll do it.
  • 00:23:49.720 --> 00:23:55.993
  • And then the Father saidto me, do you believe
  • 00:23:56.093 --> 00:24:00.698
  • that Jesus lived the lifethat you couldn't live,
  • 00:24:00.798 --> 00:24:03.667
  • and He died the deaththat you should have died?
  • 00:24:03.767 --> 00:24:06.871
  • And in a motel room,when I was 19 years old,
  • 00:24:06.971 --> 00:24:09.206
  • I said, “Yes, I believe it.”
  • 00:24:09.306 --> 00:24:12.910
  • And the Father said,“You're in the covenant now,
  • 00:24:13.010 --> 00:24:16.046
  • and you're My son,and I will never leave you
  • 00:24:16.146 --> 00:24:19.817
  • nor forsake you -never, never.”
  • 00:24:19.917 --> 00:24:24.421
  • [Applause]
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  • That's what marriage is.
  • 00:24:27.658 --> 00:24:30.594
  • Listen, that even if my spousedoesn't keep her end
  • 00:24:30.694 --> 00:24:34.965
  • of the covenant,I'll keep my end of it.
  • 00:24:35.065 --> 00:24:39.570
  • That's marriage,and we're telling the world,
  • 00:24:39.670 --> 00:24:44.341
  • this is what God's like.
  • 00:24:44.441 --> 00:24:46.043
  • ROBERT: Some of the greatestwords in the Bible,
  • 00:24:47.278 --> 00:24:50.481
  • a promise from Jesus Himself,
  • 00:24:50.581 --> 00:24:53.751
  • “I will never leave younor forsake you.”
  • 00:24:53.851 --> 00:24:57.021
  • And maybe you neededto hear that today.
  • 00:24:57.121 --> 00:24:59.423
  • Maybe you are in a difficultmarriage or maybe you're
  • 00:24:59.523 --> 00:25:02.393
  • in a good marriage,but you know that God
  • 00:25:02.493 --> 00:25:04.562
  • wants to take you fartherin your marriage.
  • 00:25:04.662 --> 00:25:07.631
  • And I'm praying forthat for you today.
  • 00:25:07.731 --> 00:25:09.033
  • I'm praying that God willbless your marriage,
  • 00:25:09.133 --> 00:25:11.802
  • so that your marriage canrepresent Jesus on this earth.
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  • Hey, thanks somuch for watching.
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  • I'm gonna continuethis series next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: We're so glad youjoined us for today's program
  • 00:25:22.613 --> 00:25:24.481
  • on Blessed Families.
  • 00:25:24.582 --> 00:25:26.617
  • Be encouraged and confident thatGod really does have a plan
  • 00:25:26.717 --> 00:25:29.353
  • for your family,
  • 00:25:29.453 --> 00:25:30.888
  • no matter where you findyourself today.
  • 00:25:30.988 --> 00:25:33.257
  • Every family is different.
  • 00:25:33.357 --> 00:25:34.792
  • With their own wins, struggles,and personalities,
  • 00:25:34.892 --> 00:25:37.761
  • but what's the secret to havinga truly happy home life?
  • 00:25:37.861 --> 00:25:41.031
  • In this five-part series, PastorRobert talks about God's design
  • 00:25:41.131 --> 00:25:44.201
  • for families, and howto live in His blessing.
  • 00:25:44.301 --> 00:25:47.471
  • You'll learn how to gofrom being a broken family
  • 00:25:47.571 --> 00:25:49.740
  • to being a blessed family,and how to experience
  • 00:25:49.840 --> 00:25:51.909
  • all that God has plannedfor your marriage and for
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  • your children.
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