Weddings are a time of marvelous expectation and hold the fresh excitement of new beginning.True Love is found and avowed: a covenant relationship forged before God and friends that should never be broken except by death.
Even in the midst of that impending fictional Fever Season in 1863 Vicksburg, family matriarch and widow, Isabella Tolliver, unexpectedly realized the long-thwarted promise of true love just when she needed the strength of passionate partnership the most.
Then as now, we are committed to that effervescent search for the perfect soul-mate but have little understanding of the gravity and import of Covenant relationships as designed and viewed by God. God only ” Cut” ( Hebrew word for covenant comes from the root word to cut…so there is blood involved) a handful of covenants. Five are described in the Old Testament. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and David all received the promise of either personal, individual, national and prophetic relationship with the great I AM.
God is very serious about Covenant Relationship ( a thought that our leadership in America ought to bear in mind when pressuring Israel to give back land). A marriage vow is but an imperfect shadow of the unshakeable Truth, power and love welded into place when entering into His Amazing Love Covenant with Him ( 1 Peter 1:8).
He even designed marriage between a man and woman as a beautiful picture of his perfectly interlocking Love for us and Yeshua sealed that FINAL New Covenant with his bloody death and supernatural resurrection ( Matt. 26:28 Luke 22:20 Galatians 4:24-26 2 Cor 3:7-9)
Jesus loves marriage. His first miracle was performed at a wedding. A covenant celebration where he changed stored water into new wine. ( John 2) This beautiful imagery of the sanctifying power of the Holy spirit and the Blood. Over and over Messiah Jesus in both Old and New Testaments is described as the Bridegroom and we, His followers, as his waiting Bride. A prophetic picture hidden in a Jewish wedding. ( Song of Solomon, Rev 19:7, Ephesians 5:25, 2 Cor 11:2, John 3:29, Rev. 21: 2, Jeremiah 31: 31-34 Isaiah 61:10.) Why does He care and love us so deeply? Ephesians 5:32 Describes this Covenant as a great mystery! I’m just SO glad that He does!
Although we are currently only imperfect folk, living in an imperfect world. This God-instigated example of the Perfect Marriage Union was intended to create more than a picture of His love and stable foundation for societal multiplication. It was also intended as a spiritually impenetrable Combat Unit of love: empowered to do battle in a dark and dangerous world. Remember, Jesus promised that if only 2 are gathered together in agreement about anything then anything you ask will be done.( and he was teaching on principles of prayer and supernatural spiritual warfare at the time) Matt 18:18-19
I think it was Three Dog Night that made my point in the famous 70’s hit, One is the Loneliest Number! When it is done right, whether in marriage or coming together with like-minded spirit-filled friends; 2 or more in agreement creates a very powerful defensive shield and a force to be reckoned with! This unit is now able to raise families, teach others the gospel, bind the demonic, heal the sick, raise the dead while protecting, back to back, one another’s vulnerabilities and blind spots. We were created to need one another. Whether in a marriage or a body of believers) It is not good for man to be alone. (Genesis 2:18)
Just as we are intended to leave our families and cleave tightly to our new spouse, bonded now as one indivisible entity to the one who pledged to love us best; He is bonded to us–loving us with a depth we can only fractionally comprehend.
We must begin to see our Lord, not as the distant stern enforcer of rules, or as an indifferent Creator who has turned us loose to find our own bumbling way. But rather, see Him as the Intimate Lover of our soul, the soon-returning Bridegroom. Our one true love who due to His exquisite love for us, laid down his life to redeem us from certain death ( John 3:16)
In an inconstant world, isn’t it refreshing to find that this Love never disappoints, never breaks a promise or lies, This love never disappears or wears thin. Because He doesn’t change then we know that His Love is incapable of change. (Hebrews 13:8) ( 1 Cor 13:4-7)
Because we know that He can’t change then we know that what He taught can’t/ is incapable of change. This is one to think and pray on. Folks, you can take His promises to the Bank and make withdrawals as needed!
This Bridegroom’s only desire is to be close enough to us to breathe His life of wondrous relationship into us and share with us a portion of His divine Light. In turn we are allowed to breathe in this extraordinary divine Love, absorb it, use it- then exhale it out over those near to us as we walk on. True Love, Perfect Love. Happily Ever After Love