Happy Valentine’s Day – This Day in Reformed Church History

Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Today on February 14, 1613, when we often today celebrate Valentine’s Day, Frederick V of the Palatinate married Princess Elizabeth of England.  They were married in England with King James in attendance.  It was the uniting of two major Protestant houses.  The Protestant church of England was now wed to the German Reformed church of the Palatinate.  Yet, this was not simply some arranged marriage that made political sense, this was a marriage of genuine love.  The two would go through major trials in the upcoming 30 Years War, but not once would Elizabeth waiver in her love for her embittered husband.  She would not turn her back on him, and stayed with him after they lost everything including his title Elector of the Palatinate.  Marriage has always been around since even before the Fall, and it is one of the great gifts God has given us.  In it is a picture of not only earthly love, but of Christ’s steadfast and never-ending love to His people.

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