One week ago lots of DPC'ers were in Mobile, AL to see Cliff & Whitney get married, and it was beautiful! And the feasting & joy & dancing that surrounded the event was a strong reminder of what marriage is meant to be.
The Bible starts with a marriage! God Himself was the Father who escorted his daughter down the aisle and gave her away to the groom.
"And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man" (Genesis 2.22).
And the Bible ends with a great wedding feast!
"Let us rejoice and exultand give him the glory,for the marriage of the Lamb has come,and his Bride has made herself ready;it was granted her to clothe herselfwith fine linen, bright and pure”—for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” (Revelation 19-22, selected verses)
And in between, the Bible is frequently found talking about marriage.
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5)
The mystery is profound indeed. To properly understand the gospel, we need to understand something about marriage. And to properly understand marriage, we need to understand something about the gospel.
"My beloved is mine, and I am his." (Song of Solomon 2.16)