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Blessed Families: The Blessed Marriage

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August 12, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Blessed Families: The Blessed Marriage

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: You all know why Satan hates marriage so much
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  • ROBERT MORRIS: You all know why Satan hates marriage so much,
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  • because it's the image of God on this earth. That's why.
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  • Satan...listen to this, think about this!
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  • Satan did not attack Adam until the image of God
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  • appeared on the earth.
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  • ROBERT: So we're in a series called "Blessed Families."
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  • This weekend, I want to talk about "The Blessed Marriage."
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  • Marriage is under attack in our country
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  • and all over the world.
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  • I don't know if you'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 Americans in America were married.
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  • Today, 49.7% are married, and I want to show you
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  • why Satan hates marriage so much.
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  • And I want to show you, in Matthew 19,
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  • what I believe to be the 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'm not downplaying Ephesians 5.
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  • I'm not downplaying that at all.
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  • That's an extremely important chapter on marriage.
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  • But, in Matthew 19, we have a question being asked about
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  • marriage and divorce, and Jesus Himself gives the answer.
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  • Remember, Jesus is God.
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  • So, this is God's answer about marriage and divorce.
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  • Now, I also want to make 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 than the 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 you what 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's a great expression,
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  • is, "But for the grace of God, there go I."
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  • I agree with that, that God's grace
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  • has played a huge part in our marriage.
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  • I agree with that.
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  • But, some could hear that who 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 understand that when it comes to marriage,
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  • it takes two people.
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  • So, the reason I'm saying that is,
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  • yes, but for the grace of God and Debbie,
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  • I would be divorced, because Debbie
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  • could have divorced me on several occasions.
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  • I mean, I was a jerk. I was a chauvinist.
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  • I verbally abused her in my 20s.
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  • I said and did stupid things.
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  • She could have divorced me.
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  • So, but for Debbie and the grace of God,
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  • I would have experienced divorce as well.
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • So if you've experienced divorce,
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  • this is a no condemnation message.
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  • But, I want to show you 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 people don'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 Jesus talking, 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 man to divorce his wife
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  • for just any reason?'
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  • And He answered and said to them, are you crazy?
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  • No, I'm kidding.
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  • But, that's kind of what 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 you never 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 that He 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 in that I talked about last week.
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  • And then it's quotations 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 gonna come back to that,
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  • because there's a reason why He's talking about marriage
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  • and divorce, and why God would not have permitted divorce
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  • in the beginning.
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  • Okay, there's a reason, okay?
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  • "For this reason a man shall leave 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 when you yoke animals together,
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  • and by the way, it means equally yoked.
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  • That means each person does his share.
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  • That's the only way 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% commitment on both parts. Okay.
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  • "For this reason a man shall 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 that Jesus exaggerates?
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  • Do you?
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  • That shouldn't take you that long 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 He stretches 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 hearing an old preacher one time
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  • and he said, "Anytime you see the word "therefore",
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  • you need to look to see what it's there for."
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  • [Laughter]
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  • "Therefore, what God has joined together", made one,
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  • "let not man", that would be the husband as well.
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  • This is asking about a husband,
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  • can a husband divorce his wife for any reason?
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  • "Let not man", or any man, "separate." Okay.
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  • This is the answer to the question 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 He answers that question.
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  • But, a lot of people will give that answer to this question.
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  • Are you following me?
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  • I don't know how familiar you are with this passage
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  • and the teaching of 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 His answer to this question.
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  • They said, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife
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  • for any reason at all?"
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  • And He said, "Have you not read?"
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  • Have you not read that when 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 father and 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 God has joined together,
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  • let not any person in 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 another question, okay?
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  • And then He answers that question.
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  • So, but His question right 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 watch the next one.
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  • "They said to Him, 'Why then did Moses command,'"
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  • notice this word, "command", "to give a certificate
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  • of divorce and to put 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 beginning it was not so.'"
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  • Not until sin came into this world,
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  • "because of the hardness of your heart."
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  • Now, listen to me carefully. Please hear me again.
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  • I've got to speak the truth, and please
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  • don't think I'm trying to attack someone
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  • if they've experienced this, but I will say this.
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  • In every divorce there is 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 one that has a hard heart.
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  • And here's what He said.
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  • They said Moses commanded, commanded,
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  • to give a certificate of divorce.
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  • He said Moses permitted you to 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 on at the time when this became
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  • a part of the law.
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  • Men were marrying other women and neglecting
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  • their first wife and abusing her,
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  • and actually letting other 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 then made a commandment.
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  • Give her a certificate of divorce and maybe another man
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  • will treat her like the queen and 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 this came from, okay?
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  • So, I want you to notice something, by the way.
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  • Moses, in biblical language, biblical interpretation,
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  • hermeneutics, exegesis, all of those words I love - okay.
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  • Moses represents the law and Jesus represents grace.
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  • Let me show you the verse, so you know.
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  • John 1:17, "For the law was given through Moses,
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  • but grace and truth came through Jesus."
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  • Okay, here's my point.
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  • Jesus said...they said, is it lawful?
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  • Is it lawful for a man to 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, under the law, you can.
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  • Okay, listen.
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  • We would think it's the opposite.
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  • We would think that the law said you're not supposed
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  • to divorce, and that grace says it's okay.
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • Grace says, no, you're in a covenant and you work it out.
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  • Law says, yeah, you got a hard 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 said these 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,
  • 00:11:54.280 --> 00:11:57.100
  • "For this reason." Okay, what reason?
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  • What reason?
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  • Well, you've got to go back to Genesis 1:26,
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  • but I'm gonna tell you the reason. Okay.
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  • So, there are three things about a blessed marriage
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  • you need to know, okay?
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  • Number one, marriage represents God.
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  • Marriage represents God on this earth.
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  • So, back in that Matthew 19 again, "And He answered
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  • and said, 'Have you not read that He who made them
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  • at the beginning made them male and female.
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  • For this reason a man shall leave his father
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  • and mother and be joined.'"
  • 00:12:31.040 --> 00:12:32.060
  • Okay, so now we've got to go back to Genesis 1. Okay.
  • 00:12:32.090 --> 00:12:34.050
  • "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 that word, remember, is Adam,
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  • which means mankind.
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  • Let Us make mankind - not male.
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  • He didn't say let Us make male in our image, He said,
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  • "Let Us make mankind", male and female.
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  • "Let Us make mankind in Our image", our is plural,
  • 00:12:58.220 --> 00:13:04.270
  • "according to Our", plural, "likeness.
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  • And let them", plural, male and female,
  • 00:13:07.250 --> 00:13:11.170
  • "have dominion over the 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",
  • 00:13:18.060 --> 00:13:21.240
  • again, that's the word here in the Hebrew, mankind,
  • 00:13:21.270 --> 00:13:24.070
  • "in His own image; in the image of God,
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  • He created him, male and female He created them."
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  • Hear me! Male and female is the image of God.
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  • But, not just any man or any woman, a husband and a wife,
  • 00:13:41.280 --> 00:13:47.090
  • because Adam and Eve weren't living in sin, okay?
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  • We know that.
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  • The sin was eating from the tree they weren't supposed to.
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  • The other stuff they were doing was fine.
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  • That wasn't sin. Okay? 'Cause they were married.
  • 00:13:55.190 --> 00:13:59.080
  • So, when God wanted to create a portrait of Himself
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  • on this earth, He created a marriage.
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  • That's what you've got to understand.
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  • God said, let's put Our 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 not the image of God,
  • 00:14:21.010 --> 00:14:23.230
  • and all of the women can say, praise God!
  • 00:14:23.260 --> 00:14:26.020
  • [Laughter]
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  • Male is not the image of God.
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  • Male and female is the image of God.
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  • A marriage is God.
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  • Do you want to know why Satan hates marriage so much?
  • 00:14:34.170 --> 00:14:36.050
  • Because it's the image of 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 attack until 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 scared of man by himself,
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  • He was scared when 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's a theological word,
  • 00:15:17.020 --> 00:15:18.090
  • but what that means is three in one.
  • 00:15:18.120 --> 00:15:20.180
  • Okay, but now, some people will say, well, now,
  • 00:15:20.210 --> 00:15:23.170
  • if He created male and female and that's His image,
  • 00:15:23.200 --> 00:15:26.110
  • His image is three in one, but marriage is two in one.
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  • That's where you completely missed Him,
  • 00:15:30.080 --> 00:15:31.240
  • 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, then hell can't stand against you.
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  • You make sure God's in your marriage.
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  • So, marriage is the image of God on this earth.
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  • Here's number two.
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  • Marriage represents Christ and the church.
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  • This is why marriage is so important.
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  • It represents Christ and the church.
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  • Okay, here's the Ephesians 5 passage.
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  • Watch what three words it starts with,
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  • and watch what verse it again quotes from Genesis.
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  • Ephesians 5:31, "For this reason", in other words,
  • 00:16:16.140 --> 00:16:20.250
  • that we're the image bearers of God on the earth.
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  • "For this reason a man shall leave 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 his parents anymore,
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  • he's glued to his wife.
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  • "And the two shall become 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 one of you in particular
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  • so love his own wife", now this is talking to the men,
  • 00:16:44.050 --> 00:16:47.130
  • "as himself", and now talking to the women,
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  • "and let the wife see that she respects her husband."
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  • So, the two of you together are representing the Trinity,
  • 00:16:53.130 --> 00:16:57.280
  • but as a couple now, as a man or a woman.
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  • As a man, you're representing Christ,
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  • and as a woman, you're representing the church.
  • 00:17:05.010 --> 00:17:08.060
  • So again, let's talk about now lost, someone lost.
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  • You're trying to win them to the Lord.
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  • So, you're trying to win a guy, let's say.
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  • Husbands, I'll start with you, then ladies,
  • 00:17:15.100 --> 00:17:16.140
  • I'll get to you. Husbands, I'll start with you.
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  • Let's say that you're trying to win Joe to the Lord.
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  • And so, Joe says to you, "Well, if I give my life
  • 00:17:21.190 --> 00:17:24.150
  • to the Lord, what's my life gonna be like after I give
  • 00:17:24.180 --> 00:17:27.090
  • my life to the Lord?
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  • And how is God gonna treat 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 way I treat my wife?
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  • God is gonna treat you just 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 me like 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
  • 00:18:10.090 --> 00:18:12.050
  • behind my back, and I don't want to be ordered around."
  • 00:18:12.080 --> 00:18:17.150
  • And we're gonna talk about servant leadership,
  • 00:18:17.180 --> 00:18:19.070
  • but sir, if that's what you think marriage is,
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  • you're a horrible example of Jesus.
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  • And sometimes, I just say things just straight out, don't I?
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  • I just...it even surprises me.
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  • I think, well, you just said that kind of straight up there.
  • 00:18:32.250 --> 00:18:37.040
  • But, what Joe should say is, "You mean I'm gonna be loved,
  • 00:18:37.070 --> 00:18:41.060
  • and I'm gonna be honored, and I'm gonna be treated
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  • like royalty?
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  • Yes, I want to accept Jesus Christ.
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  • If Jesus treats me like you treat your wife,
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  • I'd love to be saved." See, we represent Christ.
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  • Okay, ladies, it's your turn.
  • 00:18:55.220 --> 00:18:57.090
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:18:57.120 --> 00:18:59.100
  • So, let's say you're talking to another lady,
  • 00:19:00.290 --> 00:19:02.230
  • and she says, "You know, I don't really know how to pray.
  • 00:19:02.260 --> 00:19:08.200
  • I don't know how to talk to the Lord."
  • 00:19:08.230 --> 00:19:11.220
  • And so, you say, "Well,
  • 00:19:11.250 --> 00:19:12.290
  • let me use the example in the Scripture.
  • 00:19:13.020 --> 00:19:14.090
  • If you want to know how to talk to the Lord, you talk
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:17.140
  • to the Lord the same way that I talk to my husband."
  • 00:19:17.170 --> 00:19:22.150
  • [Laughter]
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  • What's she gonna say? You mean I can cuss Him out?
  • 00:19:28.060 --> 00:19:31.050
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:19:31.080 --> 00:19:34.160
  • You mean I can be disrespectful?
  • 00:19:34.190 --> 00:19:39.140
  • You mean I can talk about His weaknesses to everybody else?
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  • Please hear me.
  • 00:19:48.010 --> 00:19:49.020
  • Marriage is a lot more important than you think.
  • 00:19:49.050 --> 00:19:52.070
  • This is why Jesus got upset when they said,
  • 00:19:52.100 --> 00:19:56.230
  • is it okay to divorce?
  • 00:19:56.260 --> 00:19:59.200
  • You know what He was thinking'?
  • 00:19:59.230 --> 00:20:01.040
  • Would it be okay for the Trinity to divorce?
  • 00:20:01.070 --> 00:20:06.020
  • Have you not read that you represent Us on this earth?
  • 00:20:06.050 --> 00:20:11.110
  • And you not only represent the Trinity,
  • 00:20:11.140 --> 00:20:14.010
  • you represent Me and the church.
  • 00:20:14.040 --> 00:20:18.070
  • That's what Ephesians 5 says.
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  • Marriage, a husband and wife,
  • 00:20:20.140 --> 00:20:22.030
  • represents Christ and the church.
  • 00:20:22.060 --> 00:20:25.040
  • The third thing marriage represents.
  • 00:20:25.070 --> 00:20:26.270
  • Marriage represents covenant. Covenant.
  • 00:20:27.000 --> 00:20:32.150
  • Are you catching how important marriage is to God?
  • 00:20:32.180 --> 00:20:35.260
  • It's His image on the earth, it represents Christ
  • 00:20:35.290 --> 00:20:39.210
  • and the church, and it represents covenant.
  • 00:20:39.240 --> 00:20:43.200
  • In Malachi, He's telling them why He's not accepting
  • 00:20:43.230 --> 00:20:47.010
  • their offerings.
  • 00:20:47.040 --> 00:20:48.230
  • The first reason, by the way, is their family.
  • 00:20:48.260 --> 00:20:51.230
  • Their family is out of order.
  • 00:20:51.260 --> 00:20:53.200
  • Actually, their faith is out of order.
  • 00:20:53.230 --> 00:20:55.010
  • The second reason is their family,
  • 00:20:55.040 --> 00:20:56.040
  • and the third reason is their finances.
  • 00:20:56.070 --> 00:20:57.160
  • That's where we get into the part on tithing,
  • 00:20:57.190 --> 00:20:59.250
  • but this is the family part.
  • 00:20:59.280 --> 00:21:01.110
  • So, He's telling them, I am not receiving
  • 00:21:01.140 --> 00:21:03.070
  • your worship or your offerings.
  • 00:21:03.100 --> 00:21:05.220
  • And they said, Malachi 2:14, "Yet You say, for what reason?"
  • 00:21:05.250 --> 00:21:10.100
  • It's amazing that the other two passages also begin
  • 00:21:10.130 --> 00:21:12.100
  • with "For this reason."
  • 00:21:12.130 --> 00:21:13.230
  • Now they're saying, "For what reason"
  • 00:21:13.260 --> 00:21:15.170
  • are You not accepting our offerings?
  • 00:21:15.200 --> 00:21:17.090
  • "Because the Lord has been witness between you
  • 00:21:17.120 --> 00:21:19.240
  • and the wife of your youth,
  • 00:21:19.270 --> 00:21:21.070
  • with whom you have dealt treacherously,
  • 00:21:21.100 --> 00:21:22.210
  • yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant."
  • 00:21:22.240 --> 00:21:29.200
  • In a contract, we protect our rights
  • 00:21:29.230 --> 00:21:33.000
  • and we limit our responsibilities.
  • 00:21:33.030 --> 00:21:35.130
  • Think about if you're buying a house,
  • 00:21:35.160 --> 00:21:36.230
  • or you're entering into a business agreement.
  • 00:21:36.260 --> 00:21:38.230
  • In a contract, you're trying to protect your rights, right?
  • 00:21:38.260 --> 00:21:42.110
  • And you're trying to limit your responsibilities.
  • 00:21:42.140 --> 00:21:44.150
  • A covenant is just the opposite.
  • 00:21:44.180 --> 00:21:46.070
  • In a covenant, we give up our rights and we pick up
  • 00:21:46.100 --> 00:21:48.250
  • our responsibilities, and this is the example to the world.
  • 00:21:48.280 --> 00:21:55.010
  • See, again, if a lost person says,
  • 00:21:55.040 --> 00:21:57.110
  • "How do I know that God will keep His word to me?"
  • 00:21:57.140 --> 00:22:02.000
  • You know what you should say?
  • 00:22:02.030 --> 00:22:03.090
  • You should say, "Look at how my wife and I have kept
  • 00:22:03.120 --> 00:22:06.010
  • our word, because see, we entered into a covenant, too."
  • 00:22:06.040 --> 00:22:10.240
  • And by the way, let me just remind you of the covenant
  • 00:22:10.270 --> 00:22:13.210
  • that you entered into if you're married -
  • 00:22:13.240 --> 00:22:15.260
  • for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health.
  • 00:22:15.290 --> 00:22:23.200
  • Here's one - for better...what?
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  • 'Cause I've done a lot of marriage counseling
  • 00:22:29.130 --> 00:22:30.250
  • and people will say, well, it's really gotten bad.
  • 00:22:30.280 --> 00:22:32.290
  • Uh-huh, that's what you signed up for!
  • 00:22:33.020 --> 00:22:34.210
  • [Laughter]
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:35.290
  • And then, you just couldn't shut up.
  • 00:22:36.020 --> 00:22:37.170
  • You went on and said, 'til death do us part.
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  • That's the covenant you entered.
  • 00:22:42.070 --> 00:22:43.050
  • Okay, but it is an example.
  • 00:22:43.080 --> 00:22:45.070
  • It is...well, an example, I guess I should say,
  • 00:22:45.100 --> 00:22:49.060
  • of the new covenant, not the old covenant.
  • 00:22:49.090 --> 00:22:52.040
  • God said, I'm gonna love you, I'm gonna protect you,
  • 00:22:52.070 --> 00:22:55.070
  • provide for you, bless you. I'm gonna be your Father.
  • 00:22:55.100 --> 00:22:58.270
  • That's My part.
  • 00:22:59.000 --> 00:22:59.280
  • Your part is... you know what? Son?
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  • Son, would you come over here?
  • 00:23:10.060 --> 00:23:11.130
  • Jesus, would you come here?
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  • And the Son walks over, and the Lord says, Jesus,
  • 00:23:13.220 --> 00:23:17.290
  • this is Robert.
  • 00:23:18.020 --> 00:23:22.270
  • Robert's not gonna be able to keep the covenant.
  • 00:23:23.000 --> 00:23:28.120
  • So, Son, I was wondering if you would go to the earth,
  • 00:23:28.150 --> 00:23:34.190
  • and if you would fulfill the covenant for Robert,
  • 00:23:34.220 --> 00:23:40.010
  • and you'd live the life that he can't live.
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  • And I also need you to die the death that he should die.
  • 00:23:44.220 --> 00:23:49.240
  • And Jesus said, okay, I'll do it.
  • 00:23:49.270 --> 00:23:56.050
  • And then the Father said to me, do you believe
  • 00:23:56.080 --> 00:24:00.280
  • that Jesus lived the life that you couldn't live,
  • 00:24:01.010 --> 00:24:03.270
  • and He died the death that you should have died?
  • 00:24:04.000 --> 00:24:07.030
  • And in a motel room, when I was 19 years old,
  • 00:24:07.060 --> 00:24:09.130
  • I said, "Yes, I believe it."
  • 00:24:09.160 --> 00:24:13.040
  • And the Father said, "You're in the covenant now,
  • 00:24:13.070 --> 00:24:16.080
  • and you're My son, and I will never leave you
  • 00:24:16.110 --> 00:24:20.010
  • nor forsake you - never, never."
  • 00:24:20.040 --> 00:24:24.190
  • [Applause]
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  • That's what marriage is.
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  • Listen, that even if my spouse doesn't keep her end
  • 00:24:30.270 --> 00:24:35.050
  • of the covenant, I'll keep my end of it.
  • 00:24:35.080 --> 00:24:39.230
  • That's marriage, and we're telling the world,
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  • this is what God's like.
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  • ROBERT: Some of the greatest words in the Bible,
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  • a promise from Jesus Himself,
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  • "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
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  • And maybe you needed to hear that today.
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  • Maybe you are in a difficult marriage or maybe you're
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  • in a good marriage, but you know that God
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  • wants to take you farther in your marriage.
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  • And I'm praying for that for you today.
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  • I'm praying that God will bless your marriage,
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  • so that your marriage can represent Jesus on this earth.
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  • Hey, thanks so much for watching.
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  • I'm gonna continue this series next time.
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  • Every family is different with their own personalities
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  • and struggles and destinies, but what's the secret
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  • to having a truly happy home life?
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  • In the five-part series, "Blessed Families,"
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  • Pastor Robert talks about God's design of how to live
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  • in His blessing for your family.
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  • You will learn how to live in a blessed family,
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  • and how to experience all that God has planned
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  • for your marriage and your children.
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  • You'll also discover the life transforming benefits
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  • of being adopted into a new spiritual family
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  • through what Jesus has done for you.
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  • For your gift any amount we want to send you this series
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  • on either CD or as a digital download.
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  • For your gift of $35 or more we will send you the CD series
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  • and the book "The Blessed Marriage"
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  • by Pastor Robert and Debbie Morris.
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  • In this book, Pastor Robert and Debbie share principles
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  • that they have learned and lived in order to build
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  • a healthy marriage that is centered on God's Word.
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  • And as our way of saying thank you for your gift $75 or more,
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  • on both CD and DVD, "The Blessed Marriage" book,
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  • and a custom tote bag.
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  • This canvassed-zippered tote will be a great addition
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  • to take along on your next family outing or vacation.
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  • This series is also available online
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  • in audio and video digital downloads.
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  • Be sure to call or visit us online today
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  • at PastorRobert.com to order these resources
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  • and start applying the principles from God's Word
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  • for a more united and blessed home.
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  • As always, thank you for your generous support
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  • of this ministry.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best life isn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids, or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changes in your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart, you'll discover
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  • that there is so much more to life.
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  • With humor, passion, and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secrets of Living Your Best Life."
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