Love and cherish according to God’s holy law. What does this mean?
#royalwedding- Congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you to Reverend Michael Curry for his wonderful sermon.
Love and cherish according to God’s Holy Law
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) promised to love and cherish each other according to God’s holy law. What does this mean?
Did Harry and Meghan really say that?
Did Harry and Meghan really make this promise? Let’s have a look.
Prince Harry: I Harry, take you, Meghan, to be my wife, to have and to hold from, this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God, I make this vow.
Meghan Markle: I Meghan, take you, Harry, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God, I make this vow.
Meghan and Harry promised to love and to cherish according to God’s holy law and not only that, but they also called God as their witness.
Meghan and Harry took time to adjust their vows the way they liked. How do we know this? We know this because when we compare the wedding transcript of Prince William and Kate to that of Prince Harry and Meghan we can see that the vows and wedding service aren’t the same but, as one would expect, have been individualised.
We know that the word ‘obey’ was taken out of the vows. Just as with Princess Diana’s wedding and just as with William and Kate’s wedding. All three of these royal ladies decided to equally love and cherish without the word ‘obey.’ What Meghan and Harry decided to do however is,
to love and to cherish,
till death us do part;
according to God’s holy law.
What does it mean to love and cherish according to God’s Holy Law?
Reverend Michael Curry quoted from Scriptures Deuteronomy and Leviticus as well as from Jesus during his passionate sermon,
you shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart,
all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like it:
love your neighbour as yourself.
Jesus quoting from the Prophets and summing up the commandments
Reverend Michael Curry went on to explain that,
On these two, love of God and love of neighbour,
hang all the law. All the prophets. Everything that Moses wrote. Everything in the holy prophets, everything in the Scriptures. Everything that God has been trying to tell the world:
Love God. Love your neighbours.
Reverend Michael Curry then said, There’s power in love to show us the way to live.
The choir sang about it during the wedding ceremony as follows,
If ye love me,
keep my commandments,
and I will pray the Father,
and he shall give you another comforter,
that he may ‘bide with you forever,
e’en the spirit of truth.
If ye love me, by Thomas Tallis (1505-85)
To show that our love is genuine, we love and cherish according to the holy law and keep the commandments. Which commandments?
The Ten which you can read about here. The Ten Commandments (holy law) explain how to love God and how to love your neighbours,
music courtesy Art of Noise – Moments in Love
God spoke, and these were his words:
“I am the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves.
Worship no god but me.
“Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth. Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the LORD your God and I tolerate no rivals. I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation. But I show my love to thousands of generations+ of those who love me and obey my laws.
“Do not use my name for evil purposes, for I, the LORD your God, will punish anyone who misuses my name.
“Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work—neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country. In six days I, the LORD, made the earth, the sky, the seas, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That is why I, the LORD, blessed the Sabbath and made it holy.
“Respect your father and your mother, so that you may live a long time in the land that I am giving you.
“Do not commit murder.
“Do not commit adultery.
“Do not steal.
“Do not accuse anyone falsely.
“Do not desire another man’s house; do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns.”
How to love according to the holy law, how to love God and how to love your neighbours is explained in the Ten commandments.
These are the words that the Creator of heaven and earth wrote on a slab of stone with his own finger,
And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.
The Lord gave me the two stone tablets, written by God’s finger…
… There’s power in love to show us the way to live… The commandments show us how to love each other by the way we live.
The Bible is all about love. Scripture tells us again and again to love one and other. Reverend Michael Curry deliberately choose those specific Scripture verses in consultation with the newlyweds to bring home the power and beauty of true love, highlighting how the commandments tie in with this.
What is love according to the Bible?
This is love,
that we walk after his commandments.
This is the commandment, that,
as ye have heard from the beginning,
ye should walk in it.
Scripture tells us that love is being good to each other according to the holy law; Worship Go(o)d and not (d)evil, no idolatry/images, don’t swear nor blasphemy, rest one day a week, honour your elders, don’t kill, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t covet.
According to Scripture the love of God is that we keep his commandments.
This is the love of God: we keep God’s commandments.
God’s commandments are not difficult.
It is not that hard, to love according to God’s holy law. Harry and Meghan decided to do it and so can we.
And this answers the question; Is love the same for us ‘commoners’ as it is for Harry and Meghan? Yes, love is the same for all of us.
We can all love like royalty, according to God’s holy law.
And the how to is clearly explained by the Ten Commandments (holy law).
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