“Holy” Matrimony

“The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart, he and his descendants forever, to consecrate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices before the Lord, to minister before him and to pronounce blessings in his name forever.” 1 Chronicles 23:13

It is Saturday and you’re going to paint the bedroom. You choose your oldest pair of shorts, most faded T-shirt, and rattiest sneakers and dedicate them to painting; you set them apart forever. They will never be nice clothes again. In biblical terms, you have made those clothes holy.

That’s what the biblical word “holy” means; to set  something apart for a special purpose. The items in the tabernacle and temple to serve the Lord would never again be used for common tasks. And the same is true for “holy matrimony.” When we commit ourselves to our spouse, we set ourselves apart for that person. We don’t live with one foot in marriage and one foot out. We are set aside as holy unto God and our spouse.

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