Here are five major characters in the Bible that we should all become familiar with. They recur frequently, and by developing an understanding of the basic relationships between them as starting in Genesis and developed in detail throughout Scripture, we can understand something about ourselves, our responsibilities, and the way of the world. It will help us understand some of the stories contained in the Bible.
First: The husband is supposed to guard his bride and children.
God made man to be a priest. The duty of the priest is to guard the worship sanctuary and to “keep” the garden, to cultivate it and guard it. (Gen. 2:15) His bride is supposed to be kept safe and secure in the garden, behind the walls of the “keep.” The Song of Solomon supports this basic understanding because it uses what James Jordan calls “Garden Language” to describe the beautiful bride.
Saying such a thing isn’t a stretch by any means since, in multiple places, the husband and his bride call each other their “garden” and refer to bountiful spices, fragrant oils, fruits, flowing fountains, milk, honey, gold and lilies. “A garden locked,” (4:12) the bride exhorts her husband to “come to his garden and eat its choicest fruits.” (vs.16). She is protected from within by a “latch” (5:4) on the walled keep. The bride delights in the shadow of her husband as if he were an apple tree (2:3) — which is an allusion to the Tree of Knowledge.
This is in keeping with the Godly task of dominion assigned to man (Gen. 1:28). Establishing the covenant based on these foundations nourishes the family relationship, their home life, and their worship life. It produces a nurturing environment where the husband and his bride will be fruitful, multiply, and raise up many godly children (seed). The husband’s role in this is to guard and protect the family’s covenantal relationship with God. It means 1) training his children up to walk in the path of the Lord (Prov. 22:6) and 2) protecting his family from ungodly influences that would seek to corrupt them.
Second: Satan wants to ruin all of this and upset this Godly order.
He tries to sneak into the keep and seduce the bride by becoming a false husband. This is his attempt at corrupting history by producing covenantal children — or representatives — for himself. This is in accordance with Jesus’ principle: no man can serve two masters, so it’s either God or Satan (Matt. 6:24). Covenantal disobedience results in idolatry: only God establishes the law, and to break his law is to implicitly setup an idol as a false god in God’s place who issues different laws that you choose to obey instead. This is the equivalent of committing spiritual adultery. (2 Cor. 11:3)
Satan succeeded at the beginning of history in the Garden at upsetting Godly order. This is because Man failed in his priestly task of guardianship, so God transferred that responsibility to the Cherubim for the remainder of the Old Covenant (Gen. 3:24, Ex. 37:9, 1 Kings 8:7).
This was Satan’s first order of business with man and woman, and this incident set the archetypal pattern which he uses as a basis in all of his schemes.
Satan wishes to covenantally corrupt the bride and produce evil offspring, sons of Satan, who will do his bidding in history to overthrow God’s plan. Satan cannot produce actual biological children, so he seeks to produce spiritual children who are ethically-loyal to him instead of God. Jesus used very strong language to describe such people: “you are of your father, the devil.” (John 8:44) They are covenant breakers. They are covenantal sons of Satan because they obey him instead of God.
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS…
But if Satan can’t take the children, the seed, and convert them to his will then he will try to kill them. This happens throughout the Bible: Pharaoh, working with Satan’s influence behind him, tries killing off the sons of the Israelites. (Ex. 1:16) The Pharisees try to kill Jesus, the true and prophesied Seed. (Gal. 3:16)
The crucifixion represented Satan’s ultimate attempt in history at using his covenantal children to kill the seed of the woman. He failed just as God promised. (Gen. 3:15)
It’s important to remember that Satan attacks both the bride and her seed, not just her seed. This can be seen when the two Abimelechs try to steal Abraham’s (Gen. 20:1-7) and Isaac’s wives. (Gen. 26:6-11) This is also seen in the book of Acts. The individual Christians are attacked and killed (Acts 7:58), and the church as a whole, as the bride of Christ, is persecuted. (Acts 8:1) This reality is dramatized in Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation. The great dragon, “that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world” (vs.9), first tries to devour the child as soon as his mother (the Old Testament Church) gave birth to him; and second, he attacks and pursues the woman after she had given birth to the child (vs.13).
The story given in Chapter 19 of Judges about the Levite and his Concubine illustrates the failure of the Levite, a priestly guardian, to protect and guard his bride. In fact, he forcefully kicked her out of the sanctuary walls and gave her up to the Sodomites who beat her to death. This story, in addition to being historical, is symbolic of the failure of the Levites as a whole to guard and protect the nation of Israel from falling into sin. [James Jordan, Judges: God’s War Against Humanism (Tyler, Texas: Geneva Ministries, 1985), Chapter 19.]
Husbands: Love your wife and serve her. Study the Scriptures and teach her. Guard your wife against ungodly influences and be strong and confident in your leadership through faith in Christ. Else, you’ll be tempted to run from your authority and responsibilities and allow your wife to replace you as covenantal head of the family. (Gen. 3:17) Forgive her often. Christ is your model. You have big shoes to fill.
Wives: Obey your husband and study the Scriptures. Else, you’ll be tempted to usurp his authority (Gen. 3:16) and commit adultery, destroying the family and undermining God’s task of dominion. Respect his authority. The Church as Christ’s bride is your model. Be pure and without stain.
Children: Husbands, train them up in the way of the Lord (read and put into practice the teachings of Proverbs). Teach them Scripture and to fear the Lord. Keep them out of public school lest they be corrupted by the tyranny of humanism and the false god of evolutionism. Homeschool them instead: www.ronpaulcurriculum.com.