Translations: Chinese GB Big5

 A Marriage Made in Heaven

Isaiah 62:3-5
And thou shalt be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.  And thou shalt no more be called Forsaken; and thy land shall no more be called Desert: for thou shalt be called My Pleasure, and thy land Inhabited: for the Lord has taken pleasure in thee, and thy land shall be inhabited.  And as a young man lives with a virgin, so shall thy sons dwell in thee: and it shall come to pass that as a bridegroom will rejoice over a bride, so will the Lord rejoice over thee.


Once again an allusion is made to Isaiah's prophecy in the book of Revelation. "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints." Rev 19:7,8 This is a common theme in the New Testament, the Church being the bride of Christ, but a bride which was formerly a sinner but now repentant, not only in attitude but in behavior.

Furthermore to establish such a relationship with God there must be a leaving of that which is past. "Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear: Forget your people and your father’s house; Then the King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him." Ps 45:10,11, just as Jesus also said, "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me." Mt 10:27 "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh" Mt 19:5

Allusion is also made here to the land of Israel with regards to Christ's earthly reign in the Millenial Kingdom. During that time and in that sense the sons of the kingdom shall be married to the land insomuch as they will rule over it as it is written, "they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years." Rev 20:6b This would be of particular concern for the Jews, a subset of the righteous to whom Isaiah is addressing in particular, as the land will be taken away from them for a time as God sends them into captivity. Isaiah continues, "you shall be named the priests of the LORD, They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast." Is 61:6 and thus, "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels." Is 61:10

So let us prepare ourselves for the wedding feast of the Lamb.

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