What goes through your mind with this title? Of course, a wedding of two becoming one.
Yes, in our reading Paul is speaking of the love of a husband for his wife, He says, “For we are members of his body. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” (Ephesians 5: 31)
This phrase of “becoming one flesh” is more than a husband and wife relationship. It’s about a marriage, yes between Jesus and His Bride, the church. It’s about being His undivided and devoted, beloved. It’s about faithfulness in their devotion to one another.
Many I know are single, either by their own choice or from another’s decision. If there is loss, whatever the loss is from, Jesus feels that loss and is comforting you.
If it makes anyone feel better, Jesus is our husband! He’s not only our Maker, but He’s our promise-keeper. He won’t disappoint, nor be unfaithful. His very names are, “Faithful and True.”
Yet, he understands unfaithfulness. His children disregard Him all the time. His arms have been extended out to Israel, His chosen, and they were so rebellious. Rebellion is certainly not a thing of the past.
The Lord’s desire is to “Present her (His Bride) to Himself as a radiant church without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5: 27)
- The Bride is perfected and made pure, as He is holy and pure.
(Shared from Ephesians 5: 21, 33, Modified)
An Allegory of Unfaithful Jerusalem
Ezekiel is told by the Lord to speak about the unfaithfulness of the people and how God received them long ago. He said, “I made you grow like a plant of the field. You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels. (Ezekiel 16: 7)
Then God came and He, “Spread the corner of His garment over her and covered her nakedness.” (Ezekiel 16: 8) Then He adorns her, saying, “I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put leather sandals on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments. I adorned you with jewelry…” (Ezekiel 16: 10)
Even in His goodness, they did not stay faithful to their husband. God then declared, “You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband.” (Ezekiel 16: 32)
(Shared from Ezekiel 16; Modified)
The Lord Is One With Cyrus
Well, “This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before Him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.” (Isaiah 45: 1-2)
- When the anointed are one with the Lord–they are one in the Spirit.
- When those called to stand in the strength of the Lord–they are one in the Spirit.
He promises, “I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. (Isaiah 45: 5-6)
- When men know there is no other God but Him–they are one in the Spirit.
He promised, “I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness; I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild…and set free…but not for a price or reward, says the Lord Almighty. (Isaiah 45: 13)
- When God purifies a man and calls him to rebuild–they are one.
This was declared long ago, and still relevant today, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” (Deuteronomy 6: 4)
(Shared from Isaiah 45, Modified)
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