Israel In Prophecy
|Our Conclusion:||God's Word compares the relationship between husband and wife to the relationship that He wants to have with his people; conversely, the covenantal relationship that he wants to have with his people serves as the model of what a marriage relationship is to be. To make his point he uses the imagery of marriage between husband and wife, between Bridegroom and Bride. He presents himself as the husband (masculine) and the portrays his people as the wife/bride (female, assembly: Hebr. kehilah, Gr. ekklesia, the ones 'called out' ). The male/female components are not interchangeable. (Unfaithfulness is portrayed in terms of female harlotry.) This theme runs through the whole of Scripture and culminates in the "marriage supper of the Lamb" (the Messiah) at the end of times. The meaning of the "Bride" is a purchased Israel remnant augmented by the "saved community" of gentile remnants from all tribes and nations all forming one Body, one New reconciled humanity that accepted Yeshua/Jesus as their Messiah. Since God is one (hebr. echad) who created man in his image as male and female to be one (hebr. echad), God has only one bride. Although he unites both male and female characteristics in his covenantal relationship, his role is that of the Bridegroom and his people are corporately the Bride. God's plan for Israel was that she should serve as the model for marital faithfulness as the standard for the nations. Her faithfulness was bought at a high cost by the Bridegroom so that she would remain an object lesson both in blessing and in judgment, receiving twice for her sins. Her offspring, the church has a calling which is secure and nothing will prevail against her because Israel's calling as a light to the nations is irrevocable and will also stand the test of time. In this sense, we see Yeshua's prayer fulfilled that Israel and the church are One New reconciled humanity in the end, the promised reward of God to his servant Yeshua.|
COMMENTS ON THE BRIDAL THEME:
The use of metaphors to express a spiritual reality is applied differently in each person's experience. There is always a danger in the personal appropriation of metaphors. But does that make Mike Bickle's interpretation of the Song of Solomon heresy? Read the critique in Christian Worldview Network.
The Song of Songs has inspired many to comment on this theme. Here is the passage that led to the famous and healthy expression of our love for the Bridegroom: "His Banner over me is love."
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