Day 3: Hope for Your Marriage
God "Called" with His Authority
God, Our Ultimate Authority
God’s power and authority is vast enough to cover all that ails our marriages. The key to accessing his power in marriage is to first understand it. This understanding must take you beyond that which is common to man. Journey with me, and travel to an uncommon land on the highway of holiness.
Here are some key points to remember as we navigate through day three:
1. God is the ultimate authority.
2. He gets to do whatever he pleases with his authority.
3. We have to submit to that authority.
Out of all the objects God created, he only specifically named (called) six. He called the light day, the darkness night, the expanse the heavens, dry land Earth, the waters Seas (Genesis 1:3-10). , and the first being man (Genesis 2:7). God would call a particular phenomenon into existence, take a look at it and then name it. For example, “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night”(Genesis 1:3). The moment each subject was given a name, its essence was born. Thus, by naming the earth and its hosts, God gently whispered his power and authority over all.
Upon the delivery of our beloved children, we have the power to grant access into their souls by giving each a name. What a gift it is to be able to call the names of our children. If you are a parent, think about the time and effort put into conceiving the names of your precious little ones. The same is true for Adam. I believe God carefully selected a name for him. This term is much more than some common name used to designate the first man from another man. Quite the contrary; this name binds all men together. Why else would God walk us through the story of creation in his Word? The word Adam is literally a depiction of the who, the what, the when, the where, the why and the how of the first created being. Adam is the Hebrew word for man.
We all commonly call “the man” Adam, assuming that was his name. It was however, his essence. So, for Adam, there was no other name more befitting of his character than Man. Adam came from the ground, and there his identity lay. In keeping with his essence, he was to “work it” [the ground] and “keep it” (Genesis 2:15). This verse implies the leadership role entrusted to Adam by God. The words are softly written on the page, but carry tremendous weight. (Please take the time to look into Adam’s responsibility of working and keeping the ground). Within his role, he was given the authority to call all of the things of the ground. “The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field” (Genesis 1:20). I would have to say job well done, Adam. He gave names to his subjects that instantly established each one’s essence.
Before Adam uttered the name of Eve, he first called her Woman. “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Woman literally means Wife of Man or Wife-man. Eve did not have to look far to recognize her calling. She was unmistakably born to be a wife. Ladies, embrace the beauty of your calling as a wife, knowing that the true testament of your calling is the glorious day when you can fully actualize your reality as the bride of Christ. This calling was first actualized, set in motion, the very instant that Eve was created. Did you hear me? It is a gift from God to be called a woman. Thus, from birth women are called to be a wives unless you are like Paul (see 1 Corinthians 7). As we have progressed through culture we have almost slapped the beauty of our identity in the face. The grace and elegance that should be synonymous with the very existence of a woman have been replaced with power struggle in the home, vanity, greed, promiscuity, and imperviousness. Ladies be comfortable in your position as a wife-man, understanding that this does not limit your abilities. The key is to understand and embrace your primary role as wife. Next week, we will explore the beauty found in being a wife.
We are working our way through a marriage study. As you follow along, take a look back at our previous lessons. Be reminded of what we have discussed thus far. We are still laying the foundation. Be blessed, dear sister.
- Why do you believe God used names to carry the secret of hidden identity?
- Do you believe that Adam understood the power of his name? Why or Why not?
- What responsibilities are associated with the following names: wife, mother, and daughter?