From God is “Lord” to “Lover”: Baali to Ishi - HOPE 7 - David Mitts
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God is the originator of romance. He uses many word pictures to convey His love nature. The most relatable are the ones that connect to our human experience. Alluring is a word connected to passion and speaking to us from the heart with openness and vulnerability. Our God is a jealous God, a possessive and protective lover.
Look with me at Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian slavery and how God describes it:
'You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings, and brought you to Myself. (Exo 19:4 NASB).
There is a beginning point of obedience and love like a child obeys their parents as an expression of love. BUT the hope of God is not just about raising children but about His Glory. To move to Glory we have moved beyond Baali to Ishi. Like a child who moves from dependence and obedience with his or her parents to leaving that “home” to “cleave” to their spouse and build a home, we have to leave our relationship of dependence and obedience to the Lord into one of oneness.
Look with me at Eph 5:22-33, one of the most abused passages in the scripture that is very different if you read it in the Baali versus Ishi context:
First, let’s acknowledge that this has been used for instruction in marriage. While it is very powerful in this context, I want to turn it around and also use marriage as a context for hope and destiny. How do we do that? We remove the italicized, added words. Next, we drop the assumption that we know what Christ loving the church means. Let’s consider that the power for husbands to love their wives and wives to be unto their husbands as unto the Lord, comes first and foremost from Christ, The anointed loving the church.
Wives to your husbands as to the Lord. This is drawing our attention that there is something to be learned about our relationship with the Lord from the relationship of a wife to her husband. Does a wife think of her husband as a “lord” or as a “husband”? I think the answer depends on the next line. Husbands love your wives. Husbands are to look to the example of Christ loving us through the example of giving Himself. What does it mean for a husband to give himself?
He tells us as He completes the parallel, He sanctifies her, makes her holy. When you get married the union is an act of holiness. The husband gives himself to his wife and she is now of him. How does that happen? They speak vows, which is called here, the washing with the word, the love alluring of Baali.
In the great chapter of the gospel of John, where Yeshua teaches of the abiding reality, the place where fruit can happen, one sentence can now be seen clearly in this betrothal context, the place of true hope:
Now in the place of Baali, we are called “members of His Body”. To clarify what that means He states the original intent:
Let’s continue in Hosea 2:17-18:"For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, (former boyfriends) so that they will be mentioned by their names no more. "In that day I will also make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, The birds of the sky and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword and war from the land, and will make them lie down in safety. (Hos 2:17-18 NASB)
Finishing up Hosea 2