Order In The Court: God’s Plan For Marriage -- By: James MacDonald

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 14:1 (Spring 2009)
Article: Order In The Court: God’s Plan For Marriage
Author: James MacDonald

Order In The Court:
God’s Plan For Marriage

James MacDonald

Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel

Rolling Meadows, Illinois

If you’ve ever had the unfortunate occasion to be in court, you know that order is very highly valued. If you break the order of the court and don’t heed the judge’s gavel, he or she can hand down some pretty harsh punishments. The Illinois Lawyer’s Trial Handbook says the punishment should be “sufficient to vindicate the authority of the court and serve as a deterrent to others.” If the judge bangs the gavel, you better come to order fast or experience some heavy consequences.

God likes everything in order too. When He made the universe, He put everything in its place. God is not disorganized; He doesn’t forget or misplace things. God is not busy or hurried. He is never stretched or stressed or maxed out or exhausted or dismayed in any way. God is a God of order (see, for example, 1 Cor 14:33, 40; Col 2:5; Titus 1:5).

If you’re serious about living under God’s authority, you want to live under His good and gracious order. It matters a great deal to God that we fulfill the roles that He’s called us to. Nowhere does this hit hardest and have the most impact than behind the doors of our own homes. God’s Word so often meets us at a place where our thinking has eroded and corrects the ways we have bought into the world’s way of thinking. Colossians 3:18-23 outlines God’s order that leads to life and joy and peace:

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

This passage clearly calls our lives at the most personal level to order in God’s court.

Wives Follow God’s Order Through Submission.

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” The Greek word for submission, hupotassō, mean...

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