Love and Marriage (Originally Untitled)

Today during my reading of Ephesians 5, I came acorss something interesting. The way I read is I’ll read the chapter once through in the HCSB and then I will go back and, using The Reformation Study Bible ESV, look at verses and read Sproul’s notes and just think more deeply about the passage. Well, as I was reading, I noticed a difference between the structure of the HCSB and the ESV. The ESV has longer paragraphs than most other translations. It also has longer sentences. But in the instance of Ephesians 5, it doesn’t break something into a new paragraph where the Greek New Testamnt breaks it into a new paragraph. The HCSB breaks it into a new paragraph and follows the Greek structure, but the ESV, which many would claim is more literal than the HCSB, doesn’t follow the Greek structure on this passage. I’ve noticed this a few times, but it doesn’t seem to effect the interpretation of the particular passage, but, in this instance, it does seem to. In this instance, the paragraph in the Greek is Ephesians 4:25-5:5 (the HCSB follows this). But, the ESV has 4:25-32 as a paragraph, 5:1-2 as a paragraph, and then 5:3-14 as a paragraph. I am not sure what this means exactly, or exactly how it changes the interpretation of the verses, but it seems to give a broader interpretation of the subject matter than the Greek calls for. I don’t know a whole lot about Greek (even though I’ve had 2 semesters and am going into a 3rd this fall) so I could be wrong. On to other things.

While I was reading the notes in the study Bible, it directed me to this passage and I thought I would share it and make some comments.

Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful fawn–let her breasts always satisfy you; be lost in her love forever. (Proverbs 5:18-19 HCSB)

We don’t see love like this at all. We men don’t desire enough to be lost in the love of our wife forever. I long for the kind of love pointed to in that passage. We all should. Sadly, though, marriage isn’t seen that way in our culture.

Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers. (Hebrews 13:4 HCSB)

We don’t respect marriage as we ought to, but I think I have an idea as to why we don’t. It’s because we aren’t men and women of submission to the Bible. This is obvious when you look at the state of the church. We have models of how a church is to be set up that don’t remotely resemble Christianity. The church treats Christ as a product to be sold and used. It’s like we’re taking our cues from Judas.

Women of submission find passages like this to be beautiful:

Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord, for the husband is head of the wife as also Christ is head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives should submit to their husbands in everything. (Ephesians 5:22-24 HCSB)

If we were men of submission, we would find passages like this to be beautiful:

Husbands, love your wives, just as also Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, to make her holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and blameless. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. (Ephesians 5:25-28 HCSB)

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