What is Marriage, Part 3–A Vow with a Token

Chad’s sermon notes–What is Marriage

What we have learned so far about marriage.


1. It is a blood covenant


2. It was created by its sole owner, our creator God. As owner He sets the parameters, and rules. We are participants only. We are not owners and cannot change the rules. We also learned that He is our covenant witness. This witness has the full power of the courtroom.


3. We learned that there are 3 parties involved in covenant.


Our triune God, Father/Son/Spirit


a triune Groom, Groom/ Father / Mother


a triune Bride,   Bride/ Father/ Mother


and all their seed


4. Covenants have words, Those words are called vows, those vows are sworn.  There are rules to be followed by the vow takers. Examples being Brothers and sisters cannot enter into covenant marriage. The vows of the Bride must be confirmed by her father. Children must have the consent of parents to marry. ect


Today we are going to learn one more thing about covenant vows, before we move on with Mal 2:14-15.

I know what your thinking, We read all the vows last week, how could we have possibly missed something.


8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:Gen 9:8-12 (KJV)



In vs 12 we learn that Covenant vows contain what? Covenants have tokens.


My first thought was maybe a token was like a coin, that has a picture of its owner.


While it’s true that if there is a token there is a token giver. In this case Eloheem is the token giver. That is not what token is.


 a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.:–mark, miracle, (en-)sign, token.



 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. Gen 9:13-17 (KJV)


So in a covenant there are vows, and in this vow there is a token. Tokens have a purpose.


What is a tokens purpose?


1 To be seen


2 To cause us to remember


Much like a bright-colored sticky note.


Can you live on planet earth and not know about a rain bow?


This bow is so effective that not just earthling see it. God can look upon it.


From space or from a plane looking down you don’t see a rainbow you see what is called a Glory.


 10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant. Gen 17:10-14 (KJV)


The Abrahamic covenant also has a covenant token. It is every bit as effective as the rainbow, but a whole lot more personal.


The rainbow is more like the signal part of the definition of Token, where the circumcision is more like the mark or flag part of the definition.


The definition of token can also mean that it is evidence of covenant. I think we have an example of this even tho the word Token is not used.


 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites. Gen 15:18-21 (KJV)


Even if you are an unbeliever, you cannot deny the power of God in the restoring of the country of Israel in 1948. This is undeniably only possible with God’s resources.  All tokens seem to fall into that category.


Only God could make a rainbow only appear post flood. Not only did He create the rainbow, He set its bounds of time.


Same with circumcision. Our creator, made our bodies knowing He would later enter into blood covenant with us in a very intimate way. Things like this are not coincidence. They are not mistakes.


So what we know about Tokens:


1 They are a sign that can be seen by all–Rainbow/ Circumcision / Land


2 Cause us and God to remember covenant–Rainbow/ Flood Noahic covenant


Circumcision/ Israel  Abrahamic covenant


3 Possible only by God–Show his Glory and His power and no one can claim the ability to perform these Tokens.


So knowing this about Tokens, What is the Marriage covenant Token?


 a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.:–mark, miracle, (en-)sign, token.


Possibly Cain’s Wife.


 Ge 4:1 ¶ And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.


I can for certain tell you that this is not the first time Adam knew his wife. On Day 6 when God called Eve his wife, that is only possible if Adam knew her on day 6.


 64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. 65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself. 66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. 67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. Gen 24:64-67 (KJV)


Isaac had to take Rebekah to be his wife. A Preacher cannot just pronounce you man and wife. He doesn’t have that authority. This is why the Jewish wedding is so different than the American wedding. Taking Rebekah is the signature on a marriage certificate. Without this they are not in covenant marriage. Truth of the matter is without consummation every oath and vow is void. If you have a physical handicap that prohibits consummation, the truth is you cannot marry.




 Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.


Covenants require a shedding of Blood.


 16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up Gen 24:16 (KJV)


Pure blood must be shed.


What does marriage covenant point too?


Pure, innocent blood must be shed for remission of sin. Pure innocent blood must be shed for covenant relationship with God. God’s plan for salvation is in covenant marriage.


Why does Satan then hate marriage?

About notmylifetolive

I am first a daughter of the King of kings. Second, a help meet to my wonderful, hardworking husband. Third a mother to 9 beautiful girls and a handsome baby boy. I am also a Young Living Distributor.
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