One of the things I enjoy so much about the Bible are all the shadows, types, metaphors, allegories, parables and analogies; each providing the student of the word of God with a richer understanding of who He is and His intentions for us. But one analogy that I’ve grown quite fond of is Paul’s depiction of our relationship with Christ compared with the relationship between a husband and a wife.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
While Paul is providing practical instruction in this passage to married couples; these same instructions provide a pictorial of worship at its roots, thus the same instructions apply. If worship is founded upon intimacy, then one may use the institution of marriage to illustrate worship. Continue reading “ESPOUSED WORSHIP: Factor In A Little Give and Take”