Today’s Reading: Isaiah 58-62
Today’s Reflection: Isaiah 62:2-5
2) The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give. 3) You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4) You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. 5) For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
The beautiful imagery that starts off Isaiah 62 highlights a truth we don’t discuss enough. The heart of God and everything He’s doing is to restore relationship, to reconcile His creation to Himself, to rebuild unity between God and man and between man and his fellow man. The foundation of God’s work is the love that makes this unity possible. And the intimacy of that unity is so great that God repeatedly uses the symbolism of marriage to express it, with the Messiah as the bridegroom, and His loyal followers as the bride. The dwelling place called ‘marriage’ is the kingdom of God itself, the place created for the united ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ to spend eternity together.
The law is important. Prophesies are important. Spiritual gifts and abilities are important. But each of these serves a higher purpose—unity in love.
Matthew 22:36-40 – 36) “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37) And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38) This is the great and first commandment. 39) And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40) On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”