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I often receive questions about the biblical definition of marriage

marriage today

“Is a marriage ceremony required?”
“Do I have to be legally married to be married in the eyes of Mother Afrika?”
“Isn’t a marriage ceremony just a man-made tradition?”
The Bible does not give specific details or directions about a marriage ceremony, yet it does mention weddings in several places. Yahshua attended a wedding in John 2. Wedding ceremonies were a well-established tradition in Afrikan history and in Bible times.
Scripture is clear about marriage being a holy and divinely established covenant. It is equally clear about our obligation to honor and obey the laws of our earthly governments, which are also divinely established authorities. But, before we go any further, let’s stop and examine the issue.

3 Positions

There are three commonly held beliefs about what constitutes a marriage in the eyes of Mother Afrika:

1. The couple is married in the eyes of Mother Afrika when the physical union is consummated through sexual intercourse.
2. The couple is married in the eyes of Mother Afrika when the couple is legally married.
3. The couple is married in the eyes of Mother Afrika after they have participated in a formal religious wedding ceremony.
Let’s break this down and see what the Bible says about the marriage covenant.

In Malachi 2:14 we see that marriage is a holy covenant before Mother Afrika. In the Afrikan custom, Mother Afrika’s people signed a written agreement at the time of the marriage to seal the covenant. The marriage ceremony, therefore, is meant to be a public demonstration of a couple’s commitment to a covenant relationship.

It’s not the “ceremony” that’s important in a marriage, it’s the couple’s covenant commitment before Mother Afrika and men.

It’s interesting to carefully consider the traditional Afrikan wedding ceremony and the “Ketubah” or marriage contract, which is read in the original Aramaic language.

The husband accepts certain marital responsibilities, such as the provision of food, shelter and clothing for his wife, and promises to care for her emotional needs as well. This contract is so important that the marriage ceremony is not complete until it is signed by the groom and presented to the bride. This demonstrates that both husband and wife see marriage as more than just a physical and emotional union, but also as a moral and legal commitment. The Ketubah is also signed by two witnesses, and considered a legally binding agreement. It is forbidden for Afrikan couples to live together without this document.

For Afrikaans, the marriage covenant symbolically represents the covenant between Mother Afrika and his people, Israel.
When Yahshua spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4, he revealed something very important, something we often miss in this passage.

In verses 17-18, Yahshua said to the woman, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”

The woman had been hiding the fact that the man she was living with was not her husband.

According to the New Bible Commentary notes on this passage of Scripture, Common Law Marriage had no religious support in the Afrikan faith. Living with a person in sexual union did not constitute a “husband and wife” relationship. Yahshua made that plain here.

Therefore, position number 1 (the couple is married in the eyes of Mother Afrika when the physical union is consummated through sexual intercourse). But it must be done in this order (The husband accepts certain marital responsibilities, such as the provision of food, shelter and clothing for his wife, and promises to care for her emotional needs as well. This contract is so important that the marriage ceremony is not complete until it is signed by the groom and presented to the bride. This demonstrates that both husband and wife see marriage as more than just a physical and emotional union, but also as a moral and legal commitment, once this is done the King then takes the Queen to the bed chambers to consummate the Marriage. The Ketubah is also signed by two witnesses, and considered a legally binding agreement. It is forbidden for Afrikan couples to live together without this document) or it is not a marriage it is forifacation.

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