“For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch. Nations shall behold your vindication, and all the kings your glory; you shall be called by a new name pronounced by the mouth of the LORD. You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem held by your God.” Isaiah 62:1-5
The Church is joined with Israel at the hip. As Adam lost a rib and gained wife, Israel became more complete at Pentecost.
Jesus enjoyed the imprecatory Psalms as much or more than His spiritual son King David. As a faithful Jew, He prayed all Psalms including the 33 percent that prayed for God’s vengeance.
The fact that God’s vengeance is not immediately conferred is one of the many examples of God’s mercy.
Have you ever thought of Christian marriage as a vehicle not only of God’s grace but of God’s grace of postponement.
When you see a couple saying their vows, we think of the joy of God’s kingdom and not of the horrors of judgment (perhaps the statistics for divorce anticipate the coming judgment?) When someone gets married, we drink wine, dance and party (cf. John 2). As it has been said, “How can you believe in a God who doesn’t dance and drink?”
The number one reason people become atheists is because of a caricature of God who is an angry Puritan.
People who are atheists are atheists for all the wrong reasons.
What is the backstory of the couple in John 2? It’s me and you! We are people of God who have experienced Isaiah’s prophecy. Isaiah foretells, “Like a young man marrying a virgin, your rebuilder will wed you, and as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you.”
Are you ready for God’s building project in your life?