The Law of First Mention is a biblical structure inspired by God and used in the God breathed recording of His Word. God did choose to reveal things worthy of greater significance by employing them in multiple verses throughout the entire cannon of His Word. Great truths, commandments, and precepts are often found in both the Old and New Testament making them relevant in ancient times as well as in this current age of grace. Having multiple mentions in scripture is proof of compounded value in God’s spiritual economy, worthy of our personal attention and given greater significance in the foundation of our own lives.
God’s Word begins with God speaking all creation into being. If this biblical truth is not spectacular enough it is followed shortly thereafter by the significance of the first marriage ceremony ever, joining together the first man who is Adam to his wife Adam named Eve. They become one flesh in God.
The Bible concludes with a final marriage ceremony The Marriage Supper of the Lamb which takes place in Heaven:
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. (Revelation 19:6-9 KJV)
This is a holy wedding uniting Jesus Christ to His Church. This wedding takes place in Heaven as God’s spiritual family resides in the heavenly eternal realm. This is the culmination of God’s promised eternal relationship, or covenant, forever together in marriage with His spiritual saints.
A marriage on earth is a covenant relationship between a man and a woman and God. A covenant is an agreement or spiritually binding contract or relationship with God. God never intended marriage to be a grouping or coupling together of two people in a relationship which goes against the grain or in opposition to that which God has firmly established the marriage relationship to be in His Word. Marriage is founded upon an exact pattern fashioned solely by God for the exclusive purpose of bringing Him glory and honor. Marriage is never to be about mankind and his own fleshly desires, marriage is all about having a godly relationship, according to God’s will, giving glory and honor to Him.
Mankind cannot afford to take the institution of marriage lightly, think that it does not really matter, or believe that it is just a civil union, or simply a marriage of convenience, rather than an established covenant with God, or ever think a wedding does not carry spiritual and eternal weight with God. God considers marriage so important that He inspired even the tiniest of details be recorded in a very precise manner throughout the cannon of His Word. A marriage ceremony is not an ancient custom, or a thing of the past, or outdated and archaic. Marriage is as relevant today as when the first marriage took place a few thousand years ago as Adam and Eve aligned themselves together as one flesh according to God’s will a God ordained married couple. God’s place in a marriage is to occupy the head or the pinnacle position of a marriage covenant in a God centered relationship triangle.
Yes, marriage is always to be consummated or spiritually welded together according to the biblical structure or pattern God has laid forth in His Word. God’s Word is very clear that a marriage is to be an exclusive union of one man and one woman, never to be two men or two women as this kind of union stands in opposition to God’s pattern for marriage and cannot fulfill the commandment to populate the earth with offspring as a blood born family of God.
God clearly said unto man and woman, from the beginning, be married together to naturally multiply keeping the earth replenished with generations of people:
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:27-28 KJV)
Adultery breaks the covenant of a one flesh union or marriage relationship, unnatural or strange relations are an abomination to God and are other than that which is between one man and one woman, and fornication which is a relationship outside of, or before the event of, a marriage covenant. All of these relationships are wrong according to the pattern set forth in God’s Word. Any of these ungodly liaisons will affect the wholesomeness and purity of any potential future marriage covenant.
Whether it be an adulterous action committed by a married person or an act committed by a single person prior to entering into a godly marriage covenant. Choosing to commit any of these fleshly sinful acts will always come with harmful consequences; no matter how beautifully wrapped satan makes a poor relationship choice look in man’s weak eyes. Fleshly sin, repented of with God, can still leave tell-tale scars and marks even upon any future godly union. Any sin which is never placed before God and authentically repented of is a serious matter, potentially one of life and death.
When a person finds themselves attracted to a wrong relationship, or chooses to enter into an ungodly relationship with another and is found to be outside of God’s commandments, it is a serious matter before God.
Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. (Proverbs 5:15-18 KJV)
What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:16-20 KJV)
Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell. (Proverbs 9:17-18 KJV)
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4 KJV)
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV)
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13 KJV)
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (Romans 1:22-27 KJV)
Precepts found in God’s Word applicable for marriage and family relationships:
- The law of first mention
- The Bible begins and ends with a covenant marriage ceremony
- God’s ultimate authority over all mankind (broken down in three distinct areas including the home, human government, and God’s church
- Mankind’s God given authority in this world
- Mankind’s God given responsibility in this world
- The biblical view of marriage as a covenant relationship
- A godly marriage produces fragrant spiritual fruit instead of drawing flies and stink before God
- Married couples are to replenish the earth through naturally reproducing children according to God’s will
- There are individuals born who are not meant to enter into a marriage covenant, remaining single and serving God according to His will for their life.
These precepts and directives involve the covenant of marriage, are applicable in the home, the world, and His church and are founded upon a solid biblical basis in God’s Word. These are not ideas based upon polls, opinions, philosophy or humanism generated by man, or a verdict handed down from rulings of an earthly based Court system having no jurisdiction in matters ordained and commanded by God in His Word.
A bow in the sky is a promise from God for to all mankind, serving as a perpetual sign, that God will never again flood the entire earth as He did in the days of Noah. To align a rainbow together with any other cause, preference, or choice, other than the specific covenant God gave man about the rainbow, is blatant disregard and disrespect for the holiness and righteousness of God.