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4/22/11 at 01:52 PM 0 Comments

Royal Weddings in the Bible. The Good, almost Bad and the Ugly

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There are royal marriages in the Bible that could have been described as good, a few that went almost awry but were eventually restored and some that were simply ugly.  The marriage between Jesus – the Lamb that was slain, and the Church without spot or wrinkle is the “pièce de résistanceamongst the best marriages.

Revelation 19 [7]  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. [8]  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

This marriage reminds us that the only one way to please God is by surrendering to Christ.  Those that are Christ’s are arrayed in a gown of gorgeous righteousness not of their own making but provided by Christ Himself – our righteousness. This mystical marriage celebrates uncommon lifetime commitment, unconditional love that does not let go and full generous provisions for a bride that must make herself ready. There are lessons for all marriages such as undying commitment, love that gives and gives, paying a sacrificial price and a crowning tiara of gladness and joy. God has assured that His Church will be without spot or wrinkle. In the end, in spite of all agenda to smear the body of Christ, it still emerges by the blood of Jesus - clean, holy and without blemish. It sends a message on God’s decretive will to appoint a chosen bride for His only begotten son and warns His chosen ones to be ready i.e. watchful and kept apart (from flirting with the world) as the bride of the King of all kings.

Ephesians 5[27]  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. [28]  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.

The marriage of Esther and Ahasuerus is another that speaks of a royal union that went almost bad but was rescued. 

Esther 2 [16]  So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. [17]  And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti. [18]  Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even Esther's feast; and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.

Thanks to Haman, Esther’s beautiful marriage could have hit the rocks. This reminds us of the voice that must be hung on the gallows set up by the enemy of God’s good plans.  There are Hamans that cannot be permitted to conclude their evil devices targeted at the royal boudoir.  Note Esther’s rare courage, selflessness and obedience to Mordecai ... she was not too big to listen to her uncle.  May we never get too important for the “marriage-saving” direction of the Holy Spirit.  This reminds us that marriages do not default into blissful endings...there is need for mentoring, coaching, fortitude and bold actions inspired by fasting and meditating on the word of God.  Indeed spiritual slumber and careless jollity in marriages tend to precede sad collapse. Prayerfully watch over your marriage.

David and Michal’s marriage must have kicked off with an awesome royal wedding between a princess and a future king. The Princess Michal was an adored bride everyone would do anything for.

I Samuel 18[27]  Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king's son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.

But Saul always speaks of the flesh which begets flesh ...the man of populist impulses and convenience. This represents marriage to a bride given by the flesh ...typified by aggression, passion, deception and intrigue.  Though a wedding of matchless elegance and poetic beauty  -  but still cursed to produce nothing.  Barrenness is ordinarily ugly – but in the Royal Palace it is anathema. The marriage of royal beauty and strength and courage was to produce greatness...but Saul’s agenda was rooted in evil like all marriages in the flesh...they are irredeemable.  Indeed, God has truly not put some couples together. He merely consented in His permissive will - hoping a lesson will be learnt. 

I sincerely wish the British royal couple, Prince William and Catherine Middleton, a blissful union on Friday 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey and pray theirs will be a good marriage - like that of Christ. Amen

"I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me truly his wife." - Anonymous 

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