A million people showed up to see the wedding proceedings. They all thought like the vicar that
quoted. They, and countless millions around the world watching on the internet, approved what the unrepentant bride and groom had done.Such a witty saying the vicar had! Couples who live together without getting married want to
“test the milk before they buy the cow”.
To many people of shallow mind andeven shallower character, that makes wonderful sense. We like to drink goat's milk rather than cow milk and we have done just what the vicarsaid. Almost all goat milk tastes like – goat! The milk tastes like a goat smells, more orless. We had one Saanen doe where that was not true at all. Her milk had absolutely nogoaty taste, not even a hint. Every other goat we milked and all other goat's milk I havedrunk tasted like a goat smells. I have a strong sense of smell and taste, perhaps owingto the size of my smeller, and I cannot drink most goat's milk. My wife has a sorry smeller and can drink any goat milk.Therefore, when we bought a dairy goat, we took a sip of her milk first. We wanted totest the milk before we bought the goat, along with the vicar's thinking.However, God is not a goat. Or a cow. A marriage is a covenant between an unmarried man, an unmarried woman, and God.This covenant lasts until the death of one of the parties. In no way whatsoever is it liketaking a sip of milk or buying a cow. Fornication and adultery are sins against God thatlead to death.This is how God looks at shacking up.Deuteronomy 22:13-29 GNB(13) "Suppose a man marries a young woman and later he decides he doesn't want her.(14) So he makes up false charges against her, accusing her of not being a virgin whenthey got married.(15) "If this happens, the young woman's parents are to take the blood-stained weddingsheet that proves she was a virgin, and they are to show it in court to the town leaders.(16) Her father will say to them, 'I gave my daughter to this man in marriage, and now he doesn't want her.(17) He has made false charges against her, saying that she was not a virgin when hemarried her. But here is the proof that my daughter was a virgin; look at the bloodstainson the wedding sheet!'(18) Then the town leaders are to take the husband and beat him.(19) They are also to fine him a hundred pieces of silver and give the money to the young woman's father, because the man has brought disgrace on an Israelite woman.Moreover, she will continue to be his wife, and he can never divorce her as long as helives.(20) "But if the charge is true and there is no proof that she was a virgin,(21) then they are to take her out to the entrance of her father's house, where the men of