GOD’S WORD FOR APRIL 19
GOD’S WORD FOR APRIL 19 ~ ~ Luke 1:72 ~ ~ “To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;”
To continue with the betrothal ceremony, corresponding to the true Church’s betrothal to The Lamb of God, the entire town, or whoever wants to come, is watching. The covenant has been drawn up, signed and recorded, and the gifts have been agreed upon.
Signing the “KETUBAH” (marriage contract) in Ancient times protected the rights of the bride by specifying the groom’s responsibilities in caring for her, and the amount of support that would be due her in the event of a divorce. The bride’s father, the groom, and the Synagogue kept a copy – with a seal that only a judge could break. In a sense, it included divorce protection.
Our covenant with God is much more complex than this. Yet, it is much simpler. Our Betrothed is perfect. He will never divorce us. He will always care for us. Guaranteed, period, done. He can also do what no mere man could ever do—-forgive our sins and give us everlasting life with Him. Actually, His covenant contains 8,000 promises to us, His bride!!! Here are a few:
Colossians 1:14 ~ ~ “in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
Revelation 7:17 ~ ~ “for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Revelation 21:4 ~ ~ “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
2Corinthians 9:8 AMP ~ ~ “And God is able to make ALL grace ABOUND toward you, ALWAYS
having ALL SUFFICIENCY in ALL things, so that you may ABOUND in EVERY good work.”
Hebrews 13:5 AMP ~ ~ “ ……..I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”
Jeremiah 33:3 ~ ~ “ ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’”
Ps 107:29-30 ~ ~ “He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.
Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven.”
Zephaniah 3:17 ~ ~ “The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Jeremiah 31:3 ~ ~ “….“ I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
I’d suggest everyone read these promises again. Is this Someone you’d like to marry? Is this someone you could trust with, not only your entire earthly life, but eternity—-the never ending future?
He cannot lie, cannot fail,and cannot deceive.
He’ll give you all that and 8,000 more
AND ALL HE WANTS FROM YOU IS YOUR REPENTANCE AND YOUR FULL DEPENDENCE ON HIM. COULD YOU EVER THINK OF A BETTER DEAL?
Now the bride (us) knows the details of the covenant. She knows what her groom promises to do, what she can expect, and her protection from failure of the agreement. She also knows what is expected of her in the marriage.
The next event then is the Dabar. This is the climax. It is the suspense-filled time when everyone is watching very closely. It is also the most romantic part of the ceremony thus far.
The groom slowly and reverently offers the bride the “cup of joy”. She must choose to accept it or not. The entire betrothal hinges on this moment. If she decides not to take the cup from him, it’s all off. She goes back to her father’s house, and he to his father’s house, the covenant is destroyed, and that’s the end. No hard feelings, no blame, no arguments. Things simply don’t change as planned.
But if she accepts the cup and takes a sip of the joy, she hands the cup back to the groom, and he drinks of the cup of joy. Then the crowd explodes in celebration, all the benefits of the groom go to the bride, and their future is set. The same way, when one person is saved, (betrothed to the Lamb) the angels in heaven (symbolized by the townspeople and friends) rejoice ecstatically! Jesus told us so!
Luke 15:10 ~ ~ “ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Here is another great symbolism—when Jesus was eating the Last Supper with His disciples, after He drank the wine, He said, Matthew 26:29
“But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” He said this because that celebration was His betrothal celebration with them (the bride– on our behalf,) and the next time a Jewish bridegroom drinks wine is at his wedding feast!!!! Jesus is looking ahead to His Wedding Feast of the Lamb in His Father’s Kingdom!!!!!
They are not yet married, just betrothed—engaged. The marriage will be at least, usually, a year from now.
This waiting time is the Matan. They will live apart, not even seeing each other, during that time. This is the time believers are in right now. We are waiting for the return of our beloved Bridegroom, and we can ‘t physically see him. No one has for over 2,000 years
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
IF YOU HAVE ACCEPTED THE CUP OF JOY OFFERED BY JESUS, BY REPENTING OF YOUR SINS AND ACCEPTING HIS SUBSTITUTION IN TAKING YOUR PUNISHMENT, THEN YOU ARE IN THIS WAITING TIME WITH EVERY OTHER BELIEVER.
During the Matan, the groom doesn’t ignore her. He sends her gifts to show his loyalty and love.
So does our Bridegroom give us gifts. They are too numerous to list.
Ezekiel 16: 11-12.~ ~ “I adorned you with jewelry putting bracelets upon your hands, and a chain on your neck, a jewel on your forehead, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown upon your head.”
In the New Testament the bride (Church) received the gifts of the Holy Spirit while we are waiting;
1 Corinthians 12:4. “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.”
Galatians 5:22-23 ~ ~ “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Romans 11:29 ~ ~ “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
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