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Thought for the Week: 2 Kings 22:13

by admin on January 13, 2013 in Thought for the Week, Vows with No Comments

“Go, inquire of the Lord for me, for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our ancestors did not obey the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us”(2 Kings 22:13).

In reading the book, Covenant: The History of a Biblical Idea, by Delbert R. Hillers, I was struck by the idea that “many scholars believe that repeated readings of the covenant formed part of the year’s religious ceremonies at Shechem” (64).  Reminding themselves of Who God was and what they had vowed before Him was part of their worship ceremony that kept them devoted to the Lord.

As we know from Scripture, many tribes and generations did not remind themselves of that.  They fell into wicked ways, rejecting the Lord and His covenant with them.  When King Hilkiah found the Book of the Law, he was overcome with grief and contrition for how his people had abandoned the way of the Lord.  In the passage above, and in the stories throughout Scripture, we see the devastating consequences of this.

And so I think of our own marriage vows, a covenant that we made with our husbands and with God.  How could we presume to be wiser or stronger than our ancestors before us?  If they needed an annual reminder of their vows to God, wouldn’t we as well?  Many couples celebrate their anniversary by reciting their vows to one another or by watching their wedding ceremony together.  Any many couples decide to renew their vows at monumental seasons of their lives.  While daily is truly the best reminder, consider beginning a practice of reading the marriage covenant you have made as an annual reminder of Who God is and what you have vowed to do before Him.

Lord, loyal and devoted One, may my faithfulness to my marriage vows be worship unto You.  Remind me annually, monthly, weekly, and even daily what I promised You and my husband.  I desire to walk in Your ways and to bring You glory with my marriage.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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