In many cultures, “tie the knot” is a metaphor for what happens when a couple enters a marriage covenant. Using that phrase for marriage is one way to illustrate the Bible admonition in Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5, Mark 10:8, and Ephesians 5:31 that when people marry, “they two shall become one flesh.”
Imagine two individuals planning to marry. Each one has all their hopes and dreams, all they bring into the marriage, all they are, tied to a length of rope. In our scenario, the two pieces of rope, the two lives, need to be tied together to form one new, stronger piece of rope. To do this, someone must grasp the ends of the two separate pieces of rope and swirl them around to intentionally and skillfully form an overhand knot holding them tightly together. Whatever is attached to the opposite ends of the two ropes is now connected at the knot and cannot be separated unless the knot is undone.
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