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Marriage Made in Heaven

Song of Solomon chapters 4-8; While reading these chapters of love one cannot help but capture the infatuation with the two lovers for the other. Their minds try to capture in words what their hearts can only feel. There is elation in their words, there is joy and overwhelming consuming with the love they have found in each other. In chapter 4 we have King Solomon describing his beloved Bride – I’m not sure but I don’t know how his description of her went over. I’m not eloquent with words, but I would have thought better comparisons could have been made! I wonder how she took the many comparisons to her physical appearance?

Eyes like doves

hair like a flock of goats

Teeth like newly shorn ewes

lips like a scarlet thread [well that’s not too bad]

Temples like a slice of pomegranate – I guess that means they are really rosy

Neck like a Tower of David

Breasts like two fawns, twins of a gazelle

They say that love is blind, well with King Solomon it sounds like he was hallucinating. 4:7 – You are altogether beautiful, there is no blemish in you! I couldn’t help but think of Ephesians 5:26-27; where Jesus the Bridegroom is “washing with the water of the Word” his Bride [the Church]; so that she is without wrinkle, spot or blemish. Jesus loves His Bride to the utmost.  He loved her to the ultimate sacrifice of laying down Hos life for her.  In worship today we observed the Lord’s Supper. I had many thoughts as the pastor read from 1 Corinthians 11. With the readings from our passage this week maybe I had a heightened sense to the wedding feast the Church and Jesus will celebrate as described in Revelation 19:7-8. What is significant is this is the Marriage of the Lamb of God’ only those specifically invited can attended. There will be no wedding crashers in Heaven!

How do we get to Revelation 19:7-8? We had to go through John 6:56; where Jesus tells the crowds that except the “eat of His body and drink of blood” they cannot be His disciples. Well that just sounds gross to me, and it did to them as well. But Jesus brings clarity to this command in the Upper Room in John 13. The symbolism is so rich in this analogy of Jesus giving His life for His Bride. It’s like Hosea going down and buying Gomer off the slave block, knowing that she has played the harlot and cheated on him – breaking the wedding vows most sacred by giving herself to another! Yet Hosea goes and buys her back. This really is what Jesus did for us; He purchased us in the deplorable condition we were in – fallen to the deepest depths of sin and immorality.

Wedding are great, but none are perfect. I have had the pleasure to perform several of them. I always require counseling before the marriage.  It always amazes me how gaga the two are for each other. It seems the love breaks the connection between the heart and mind. I have also heard people gossip about the two couple before the wedding – “What does she see in him?” Oh, this is a marriage made in heaven, they are meant for each other and similar remarks.

The love written in words never meets the measure found in the heart. Solomon calls his bride “my sister, my bride.” I didn’t the meaning the first time I read this; but after thinking about it, here is my thinking: “don’t be unequally yoked.” By this Solomon can call his bride His “sister” she is his sister by relationship with the LORD GOD. I understood this with my wife. While I may not always be in agreement with my wife, as a sister in Christ – I am compelled to continue to love her and the LORD Jesus loves her. That means I have a greater respect and awe for her. For I think of her in thoughts as our Savior does.

Thinking of the Wedding to be in Heaven – Bride and Bridegroom; Jesus and us!

There is not greater love than a man lay down His life for His friends. Solomon captures for us in the Old Testament book how strong and passionate love can and should be. We would all do well to remember our “first love.” It should bring a smile across your face and a rapid heart beat that longs for the day we participate in the Marriage Made in Heaven!

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Feet of Clay

2 Samuel 4 and 9; the story of Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan is found in these two chapters. While there is about 40 years in between the chapters, they contain a single story. After the death of Saul, Jonathan and the rest of King Saul’s house [except for Ish-bosheth], David begins to reign. In chapter 4 we have the story of how Mephibosheth becomes crippled in his feet – in the haste of trying to escape the enemy the Philistines, the house servant drops Mephibosheth as a child. Usually when a new power/king took over from another, all the heirs of the previous king/ruler were killed to eliminate any up rising from them against the new king/ruler. It is interesting that King David did not do this for Ish-bosheth is still alive, and the up rising does occur. In another blog I will discuss chapters 5-8 about David coming to supreme power.

Mephibosheth as I said was crippled from a small age. In the years between chapter 4 and 9, Mephibosheth grows up to be a man, have a family and living in another city. After comes to full power over a united Israel/Judah; David asks the question “Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” This question tells us how close Jonathan and David were. It also reaffirms David’s commitment to his word to Jonathan. Ziba who served Saul, tells David there is one called Mephibosheth, living in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lo-debar.

Can you imagine the thoughts and fears that went through Mephibosheth’s mind when he was summoned to the Court of King David? Every fear for his life must have run though his mind. Years having passed, now David has found out there is one left of the House of Saul. Summoned to the Court, Mephibosheth, falls on his face before the king. David tells him to have no fear. King David for the sake of Jonathan says that he would “restore all the land of his grandfather Saul to him and that he, Mephibosheth would eat regularly at the King’s table. Mephibosheth’s response is one of curious doubt and fear – “What is your servant that you should regard a dead dog like me?”

Ziba, who has 15 sons and 20 servants would now be responsible for cultivating the land, and providing food for Mephibosheth. Verse 11, “so Mephibosheth ate at David’s table as one of the King’s sons.” Verse 13 – So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king’s table regularly. Now he was lame in both feet.”

The last two verse that I quoted are of great significance. I would like to show you a metaphor from them. Everyone of us have a fallen sinful nature, we “crippled” so to speak. There is nothing that we have that should allow us to dine with the King; our King is Jesus. Because of a covenant with Jonathan and David, Mephibosheth was blessed. Because of the covenant relationship we have with Jesus, through the Father, we are blessed. We are invited to come dine with the King – our Table is the Lord’s Supper Table. It is a prepared table not for just guests, but like Mephibosheth – sons. We are the children of God, heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. In spite of our frail human lives we have been invited to dine with the King regularly. The second part I want you to see it this; not only do we have a place at the King’s Table; but when we sit at the king’s table we are like Mephibosheth, our “crippledness” is hidden. Whether it be a table-cloth or the table itself that covered Mephibosheth defect, he is not seen as being crippled, but fully restored. The same for us, when we dine with the King at the Lord’s Supper table, all our sin and shame is hidden, but not by a table-cloth, but by a robe of righteousness that has been our purchased garment through Jesus Christ.

Jesus has blessed us like David did Mephibosheth. Our sin is hidden beneath the table. No need to fear our failures and scarred lives anymore – We are Hid in Christ!

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