We look at the Biblical role that the parents have in the marriage of their children. We consider how God himself sets us an example in His dealings first with Adam and then with Christ. We move on to look at significant Biblical accounts (of Isaac, Jacob and Samson), together with other Old and New Testament passages that cast light on this subject. We see that the parents have the authority to consent to the marriage of their children - they pass this authority on into the new household that is being established. The children should also consent to the marriage that is proposed.

We also look briefly at wise approaches that parents should have to regulating the social circumstances of their children, including during the period of courtship. Finally, we see how importantly the engagement to marry should be taken - in Biblical days it was tantamount to marriage.

In today’s society, this approach has been almost completely abandoned but we must seek to follow the Lord’s pattern in these things if we would see His blessing on our children’s marriages.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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