[This was written by Tabernacle of David teacher Ryan White, and was originally posted at Rooted In Torah.]
We all know the statistics – over 50% of modern marriages end in divorce and a great many couples who take seriously “until death us do part” are incredibly unhappy. Bookstore shelves are inundated with books about marriage and counseling, but apart from occasional success stories, the problem goes unabated – especially within the believing community. What are we missing?
Western society has lost the sense of community-belonging that fills every page of the Scriptures, and along with that we have also lost our God-given sense of what honor and shame mean. Instead, we strive for the appearance of innocence and the avoidance of looking guilty – spending our lives on the run from what God is trying to communicate to us about how we treat one another. As our divorce and unhappiness rate shows us, however, we haven’t been able to completely suppress our strong need to experience honor and to avoid shame. We are silently crying out for dignity.
In this series, we will focus on the restoration of our marriages by learning to focus upon restoring honor to our spouses – restoring their dignity. Rather than playing the blame game, we will learn to show our partner that we truly value them and respect them. We will also focus upon restoring the proper roles within the marriage with the husband as the one who gives and the wife as the one who receives, nurtures, and reciprocates. It is vitally important to reestablish God’s original design for the marital relationship and in order to do so we must understand what it means Biblically to be the leader of a household.
This is a 3.5 hour series (7 parts). I will be releasing the series an hour at a time but if you are a monthly member, you can download the entire series right now below.