My husband recently deserted me for a girl 25 years younger than him. This is the 3rd affair in 33 years of marriage. Through my focus & worship to The Lord I felt Him speaking to me through these words. I tried to research it but I'm not fully understanding it totally & would like to hear others' opinions.
ESV - 5 For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.
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God is a relational God and wants to be in relationship with us. The concept of covenant in the Old Testament is the idea of creating or establishing a relationship. Similar to a marriage covenant, it creates a new relationship between two families where one did not exist before a covenant from the Old Testament creates a "relationship." This is a RADICAL departure from the other "false gods" of the ancient world. We worship a God who wants to covenant with us - which means God has responsibilities on His side of the covenant - just as we have responsibilities on our side of the relationship. God doesn't just want to be worshiped - he wants to be in a covenant relationship with us. When the Israelites were brought out of Egypt and taken to Mount Sinai it was for the purpose of establishing a covenant relationship. God coming down at Mount Sinai and delivering his covenant is seen by Jews as a "wedding." One of the main metaphors from that point forward in the Old Testament is God as the husband (bridegroom) and Israel as the bride. This metaphor is used as a reminder of the type of relationship God wants to engage in. Both sides of the covenant are expected to honor their "wedding vows" - so to speak. God promised to bless Israel when they maintain the covenant and curse them when they stray. Israel is often depicted as cheating on God with "false gods" (Ezekiel 16:32). In the book of Hosea, God has Hosea "act out" that God will redeem his bride (a prostitute wife) no matter what the cost is (Hosea 3:1). The image is that with God, no matter how far out we stray, He wants us back in relationship. This metaphor of God as husband is transferred over to the New Testament with the Church as the "bride" and Jesus Christ as the "bridegroom" (Rev. 19: 7-9). We are supposed to have a relationship with Jesus just as we would have with a spouse. Jesus is always faithful to us. We can always count on him. Once we say "I do" to Jesus he expects us to follow him and no other gods. We are to remain pure as a bride waits for her bridegroom on her wedding day (Eph. 5:27). Unfortunately, our human relationships - with all of our complexities and difficulties - do not do well reflecting this here on earth. But we can rest assured that when we are in a relationship with Jesus, he is faithful.
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