‘Die for your Bride!’
The most beautiful love story ever is unfolding before our very eyes. The entire bible from cover to cover is nothing more than a love letter, written in the blood, from the groom himself to his bride. The first five books of the bible lay out the vowels between husband and wife. The first marriage ceremony that we see take place is with God and Israel. In Exodus 19 God gives a list of commands that if the people obey then they will be His people and He will be their God. All throughout the bible we see this beautiful message played out that we are a bride waiting for our groom. In ancient Hebrew culture it is customary that a man asks his wife’s hand in marriage and then he leaves to prepare a place for her and him to live out the rest of their lives. The groom will come to get his wife without any notice at all. It is the bride’s duty to prepare and to stay ready for the wedding at all time, for no man knows the day or the hour that he will return and take his bride to be married. Interesting that this seems to be exactly what Jesus has done for us. He has come to ask for his brides hand in marriage and then he left to go prepare a place for us, (John 14:1-3), and he will soon return for his bride that is waiting patiently preparing intently for his return. But why did God have to come here for us, suffer for us, die for us then raise himself from the dead if he already married his people back at Mount Sinai some 3000 years before the cross? The answer is that God divorced his people, Jeremiah 3:8. God is a jealous God, just as we are jealous people and when our spouse breaks the vowels repeatedly we to desire divorce. The people at this time are without a God, and God is without a bride. During this time Israel is divided into two kingdoms, the Northern Kingdom being the House of Israel and the Southern Kingdom being the House of Judah, the southern kingdom came back to the covenant with God, however, the House of Israel did not and was dispersed amongst the nations. In God’s law a woman that has gone astray to another man after divorce then the first husband cannot remarry her, the only way that the bride could be freed from the covenant of marriage with the first husband is if the husband dies, (Romans 7:2). So what did Jesus do? Jesus died for his wife so that she could be set free from the law of marriage with him and then raised himself from the dead so that he could remarry his wife and live forever with her!
This teaches us such a powerful lesson in our own marriage; that we are to die for our bride each and every day! We are to take the penalty of sin for ourselves so that our bride does not see death! Today challenge yourself during conflict to die for your wife and keep the love of God in your marriage at all times. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 Love is the ultimate theme of the entire bible. Prepare yourself today for the ultimate groom to come back to redeem his bride.