Month 5:2, Week 1:1 (Rishon/Pesach), Year 5935:116 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Monday 1 August 2011
Be Ye Perfect
IV. Husband & Wife - As Above So Below
Continued from Part 3
There are at least three ways in which Yahweh is described in relation to His people Israel: as King, Father and Husband. This is also paralleled in sacred tavnith (pattern) by the relationship between a husband and his wife, since Elohim (God) created man and woman in His (Their - male and female) own image (Gen.1:27).
The way we, as the Messianic Bride, relate to Yahweh the Bridegroom shapes who we are, what we feel and what we do, just as a wife relates to her husband. Once we walk out of tavnith (pattern), the relationship becomes distorted, flawed, contentious, unhappy, and less than the perfection that Yahweh demands.
||HUMAN HEAD OF FAMILY|
||Yahweh as King - sovereign, majestic, omnipotent and good law-giver - "the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Master of masters, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honour and everlasting power. Amen" (1 Tim.6:15-16, NKJV)
||Family head as king under the King - sovereign in his household, majestic when righteous, empowered when submitted to Yahweh, and a good household law-giver under the Torah or Law of Yahweh - "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Master. For the husband is head of the wife... so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything" (Eph.5:22-24, NKJV; cp. Col.3:18; 1 Pet.3:1)|
||Yahweh as Father - generous, merciful, provider and protector - "Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one" (Mt.6:9-13, NKJV)
||Family head as father under the Father - father (provider- protector, covering) of his children as well as father (provider- protector, covering) of his wife, and generous and merciful to both - "Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered" (1 Pet.3:7, NKJV)|
||Yahweh as Husband - loving, faithful, true - "Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah -- not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says Yahweh" (Jer.31:31-32, NKJV)
||Family head as husband of wife - loving, true to covenant, forebearing - "Husbands, love your wives, just as Messiah also loved the messianic community (church) and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious messianic community (church), not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be set-apart (holy) and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself" (Eph.5:25-28, NKJV)|
Each of these three is important and the way we relate to Yahweh or a wife to a husband will affect the way we behave toward both. Husbands, like Yahweh Himself, are kings, fathers and husbands to their wives. The diagram below shows what happens when we forget one or more of these essential aspects and the sevenfold wholeness that is a perfect relationship.
It does not take much to get a relationship out of balance if one or more of these three components in both our relationship to Yahweh and in relationships between husbands and wives is diminished or removed altogether. The way marriages are can almost invariably be traced to the way these three spheres interrelate or fail to interrelate:
||Dutiful Servant - Yahweh is My King - I know the rules (Torah) and know that I must fear, respect, honour and worship Yahweh. I am cold and ungrateful because I do not know the ahavah (love) or gracious provision of Yahweh.
||Dutiful servant - my husband is my king under the King of kings - I know my husband's rules under Torah and know that I must fear, respect, adore and honour my husband. I am cold and ungrateful because I do not know the ahavah (love) or gracious provision of my husband.|
||Cosy Son/Daughter - Yahweh is My Father - I know Yahweh is good to me and He provides all my needs. I am reckless and given to sin because I do not know the ahavah (love) of Yahweh or acknowledge Him as King.
||Cosy daughter - my husband is my father under the Father of fathers - I know my husband is good to me and he provides all my needs. I am reckless and gven to sin because I do not know the ahavah (love) of my husband or acknowledge him as king.|
||Beloved Bride - Yahweh is My Husband - I know Yahweh's love and faithfulness. I am emotionally attached to Yahweh but lack gratitude and obedience.
||Beloved bride - my husband is my husband - I know my husband's love and faithfulness. I am emotionally attached to my husband but lack gratitude and obedience.|
||Grateful Servant-Son/Daughter - Yahweh is My King and Father - I must respect Yahweh and do what He says because He provides for my needs. I do not know the ahavah (love) of Yahweh in the life, death and resurrection of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), which was for me and my good.
||Graceful servant-daughter - my husband is my king and father under the King of kings and Father of fathers - I must respect my husband and do what he says within the bounds of Torah because Yahweh provides for many of my needs through my husband. I do not know the ahavah (love) of my husband in the sacrifices he makes for me, empowered by Messiah's resurrection, which are for my good.|
||Loved Servant-Bride - Yahweh is My King and Husband - I must respect Yahweh because He loves me. I know Yah'shua (Jesus) died for my sins and made me right before Yahweh, I love Him and obey Him but I don't see Yahweh as a generous Father.
||Loved servant-bride - my husband is my king and husband under the King of kings and Husband of husbands - I must respect my husband because he loves me. I know my husband makes sacrifices for me and covers me through his empowerment from Messiah, I love him and obey him but don't see him as a generous father or provider.|
||Spoiled Child-Bride - Yahweh is My Father and Husband - I love Yahweh because He spoils me and loves me. Obedience? Why should I obey Yahweh?
||Spoiled child-bride - my husband is my father and husband under the Father of fathers and Husband of husbands - I love my husband because he spoils me and loves me. Obedience? Why should I obey my husband?|
||Respectful, Obedient, Confident Subject-Child-Bride - I respect, honour and obey Yahweh because He loves me and provides all my needs in His Son, Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). I am confident because I know I am adopted by Yahweh, He is my good Father. I love Yahweh because Yah'shua (Jesus) made me beautiful in His eyes, like a bride in white before her faithful husband. I know Yahweh's mitzvot (commandments) are for my good and so I honour, respect, obey, worship and glorify Yahweh, as my good and perfect King.
||Respectful, obedient, confident, subject child-bride - I respect, honour and obey my husband because he loves me and provides all my needs through Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). I am confident because I know I belong to my husband, he is my good father through his Father. I love my husband because Yah'shua (Jesus) made me beautiful in his eyes, a literal bride in white before my faithful husband. I know my husband's mitzvot (commandments), which are subject to Torah, are for my good and so I honour, respect, obey and exalt my husband, as my good and perfect king in King Messiah.|
As a believer it is my duty and simcha (joy) to relate to Yahweh as King, Father and Husband through emunah (faith) in His Son who died for me and commands me to live for Yahweh. As a wife it is her duty and simcha to relate to her husband as king, father and husband too, under the King of kings, Father of fathers, and Husband of husbands through growing emunah (faith) who lays his chayim (life) down for her and commands her to live for Yah'shua (Jesus).
As a minister it is my duty to always preach the sovereign, majestic, omnipotent, good, Torah-giving, generous, merciful, providential, protective, loving, faithful, true and Almighty Elohim (God) of the Bible and to remind and encourage husbands and wives to walk in this same divine tavnith (pattern) on a human level so that they may be perfect, even as Yah'shua (Jesus) has commanded. This I am totally committed to and forms the bedrock of my witness.
Continued in Part 5
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