“And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.” Hosea 2:19,20.
The foreign student pondered the thought of God having a Son. “If God has a Son, who is his wife?”
In Genesis, God reveals the beginning of all things, specifically, the beginning of a nation, a pursuit of a people to call His own and to love now and into eternity. He chooses His betrothed from among all peoples not because she is holy but because she is polluted and in need of only what He can provide. His choosing will make her who she is meant to be.
“…Thus saith the Lord God unto Jerusalem: Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan…And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the loathing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live: yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.” (Ezekiel 16:4-6.
Exodus begins the account of God redeeming unto Himself his betrothed.The time of Isreal’s redemption came after being swallowed into Egypt for 431 years, most of which found them enslaved. But the cry of their birth, their travail, did not fall on deaf ears.
“And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” Ex. 2:23,24.
“Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine. Then washed I thee with water; yea, I thoroughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.” Ezek. 16:8,9.
In Exodus, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob continues to reveal Himself to his betrothed and enters into a betrothal covenant with her. He invites Israel to be His own, using Moses as a mediator, but there is another who fights to keep her to himself, Pharoah, an agent of Satan. Death to the people of God would mean the death to the promised seed and God’s plan to redeem His people and bless all nations. But God will always remember His covenant to perform it. One day Israel will be saved and become all she is meant to be.
”And I will being the third part through the fire…they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God… For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: The God of the whole earth shall he be called… Thou shalt be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God…and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride , so shall thy God rejoice over thee.” (Zech. 13:9; Isa. 54:5;Isa. 62:3,5).
As the LORD God entered into a covenant relationship with Israel, so has He entered into a covenant relationship with those who call on His name today. The blessing is to all nations. It began with Israel. It has come to us who were not a people but have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Here is where we each begin the journey with the Lord to become all He means us to be. When time is fulfilled we will sit at the marriage supper of the Lamb. And He will rejoice over us! Are you among the bride of Christ? How are you waiting for His return?
Exodus is filled with many characters and types of Christ. This being the week of Passover, I plan to include the lamb. If you have one you would like to see included, please, leave your suggestion in the comments.
Some of my followers suggested Moses, his mother, Pharoah, and the role of the priestly system included in the parade of characters from Exodus. That’s the plan for this week. Who would you suggest from Leviticus? Why?