It’s wedding week. The song, “Goin’ to the Chapel” is running through my mind.
Psalms 122:1, “When they said, ‘Let’s go to the house of God,’ my heart leaped for joy.” The Message
When the exiles returned to Jerusalem, they rebuilt the Temple. Their joy was boundless as they were able to worship in Jerusalem again. They sang songs on their way to The Temple.
“Hezekiah is known for preparing Jerusalem for a siege by carving a long tunnel from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam. Rabbis said the pool’s water was the purest on the planet because Mount Zion is its source.
Every year during the Feast of Tabernacles, water was taken from the Pool of Siloam in golden pitchers and carried up to the Temple in a huge procession. People sang the Song of Ascents, silver trumpets were blown on the Temple steps, and the entire city was lit up with torches. It was called the most joyous time in Jerusalem when the water was poured out on the altar as an offering to the Most Holy God.”
Psalms 120-134 are the “Psalms of Ascent.”
Psalms 122:4, “The city to which the tribes ascend, all God’s tribes go up to worship, to give thanks to the name of God – this is what it means to be Israel.” The Message
A wedding is similar to the ascent on the Feast of Tabernacles. Everyone is in their best clothes. The place is lit up and filled with music. The bride walks up the aisle to the altar. Everyone wishes happiness for the couple.
Christ is the key to a successful marriage. He loved us so much that He gave everything – including His life. Seeing His sacrifice, we can’t help but love Him, respect Him, and submit to Him.
King Xerxes tried to create respect for each husband by enacting a law. It didn’t work.
Esther 1:22, “…’Every man is master of his own house; whatever he says, goes.’ ” The Message
Jesus showed us how to do it. The more love you give to your wife, the more respect you gain. The more respect a woman gives to her husband, the more love she receives, (see Ephesians 5:22-23).
If your wife doesn’t respond to what you say, check your motives. Will your decision benefit the family or just yourself?
A master is responsible for nurturing everyone in his household:
- Are they getting enough sleep?
- Are they getting enough food?
- Do they have time with you that is free of distractions?
- Do they have time alone to develop their God-given gifts?
- Do you spend one-on-one time with each of your children?
- Do you regularly share a physical love with your wife?
- Do your hobbies take up most of your free time?
If no one is listening to you, maybe it’s because you are not listening to them.
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