Numbers 30: 3-15
The Beautiful Law!
6 “If she marries a husband, while under her vows or any thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she has bound herself, 7 and her husband hears of it and says nothing to her on the day that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. 8 But if, on the day that her husband comes to hear of it, he opposes her, then he makes void her vow that was on her, and the thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she bound herself. And the Lord will forgive her. 9 (But any vow of a widow or of a divorced woman, anything by which she has bound herself, shall stand against her.) 10 And if she vowed in her husband's house or bound herself by a pledge with an oath, 11 and her husband heard of it and said nothing to her and did not oppose her, then all her vows shall stand, and every pledge by which she bound herself shall stand. 12 But if her husband makes them null and void on the day that he hears them, then whatever proceeds out of her lips concerning her vows or concerning her pledge of herself shall not stand. Her husband has made them void, and the Lord will forgive her. 13 Any vow and any binding oath to afflict herself, her husband may establish, or her husband may make void. 14 But if her husband says nothing to her from day to day, then he establishes all her vows or all her pledges that are upon her. He has established them, because he said nothing to her on the day that he heard of them. 15 But if he makes them null and void after he has heard of them, then he shall bear her iniquity.”
This is a beautiful model of God’s children and their Savior.
The woman in general, represents “God's people”.
The Father represents “God the Father”.
The Husband represents “Christ Jesus”.
The Vows or utterances represent “sin” or “rebellion” against the Father and/or the Husband.
The young woman represents the “pre-Christ” generation or covenant of God's people.
The newly married woman represents a commitment to Christ or a new or “new coming to Christ”.
The married woman represents the mature "Bride of Christ" or "Christians".
As the bride of Christ, we must remain with Him to be under the protection or “covering”. This is why the husband “bears the iniquity” of the errors of the bride. Note how the Father or the Husband can “make void” or “bear the iniquity” only when “He hears of it”…”…on the day…”?
The thing about this is; have you “heard” the corrections from your Husband (which is Christ) in the gospel of God’s Word that show us our iniquity? Have you made it known to Him today? Has He shown you your errors?
This is why Marriage is so very important. It is a model or a shadow of the true marriage, which is Christ as the husband and the church (God’s people) as the pure bride.
Remember Adam and Eve? Why was Eve created and how? We clearly see that the bride of Christ also created through by and for Christ by his own body? YES! Now we know why Christians say; “If Christ is not in your marriage, it will not last”.
You see, if we aspire to live by the Spirit in our marriage, it will work! This is because we will forgive, not judge each other, have patience, long suffering, endurance, righteousness, LOVE and more! The fruits of the “Spirit” are our actions done according to Christ’s instruction.
Try it, live it and come to understand God’s love and grow in it!