We find marriage depicted in the first and the last book of the Bible, Genesis and Revelation. Marriage is God’s idea. He is responsible for the institution of marriage, not as we have sullied it; rather, as he had intended it. We can infer God’s plan and purpose for marriage from several verses found in the very first book of his word, Genesis.
In 2:22, we see God creating Eve for Adam, from Adam’s rib. In 2:23, Adam declares: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” In 2:24, God’s intention for marriage is laid bare: man shall leave father and mother and cleave to wife, and the two shall become one body. In 2:25, the bible says that the man and his wife were both naked and unashamed. 3:6 says that Eve ate of the fruit and gave some to her husband. According to God’s plan, this marriage was to last forever, for all of their natural lives. Marriage is entirely God’s idea, God’s plan, and God’s purpose.
Then again in the last book of the Bible, Revelation, we see the marriage supper of the lamb. Here, this reference heralds the end of the church era and Jesus coming back to gather her betrothed -Jesus is the groom, and the church, her bride. Here, the bride is washed clean by her groom, without wrinkle or blemish, to begin an unbroken fellowship of eternal love. This imagery illustrates God’s salvation plan for his people. It shows that God’s plan is never thwarted, that his will shall prevail, that his purpose will stand. This is one of the verses that never fails to bring tears to my eyes, such a great comfort to read.
This imagery illustrates God’s salvation plan for his people. It shows that God’s plan is never thwarted, that his will shall prevail, that his purpose will stand. This is one of the verses that never fails to bring tears to my eyes, such a great comfort to read. What more do we need in the face of such assurance? We must throw off all that hinders us from running our race well. We must run as though to win the prize, run with a definite goal in mind; not flailing around like one beating the air.
God chose the idea of marriage to demonstrate the most intimate moment of us being joined to him through the sacrifice of his son, the lamb of God slain for our sins. Do we know what it will take for us to be at that table along with our savior? “Blessed are all those who have been called to the Marriage supper of the Lamb.” Where will you be at the marriage supper of the lamb? Whatever you do, be at that table to meet with your savior and enter his eternal rest.