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We are closing in on the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) with a few of its themes – Teshuvah (Repentance), Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year), HaMelech (The King), and we look at another today known in Hebrew as Kiddushin/Nesu’in (the Wedding Ceremony).  There are still another 5 or so themes which because of time, we are unable to discuss.  Leviticus 23: 2  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Note the last phrase – “even these are MY feasts” emphasis added. These feasts belong to the Lord – all reflecting Jesus Christ in one way or another, which is what makes them so  important to us – we are in Him and He is in us! These celebrate Him and therefore, are celebrations for us.

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Study for  September 24, 2016

We look at another theme for the Feast of Trumpets – the wedding of Messiah. Jesus told a parable in Matthew 22: 2  The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3  And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 4  Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 5  But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6  And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. 7  But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8  Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9  Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10  So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 11  And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12  And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

The Kingdom of Heaven is likened to this marriage celebration, says Jesus. The “certain” king is God the Father Who is King of the Universe. He is making a marriage celebration for His Son – the Lord Jesus. Paul made reference to this marriage in 2 Corinthians 11: 2  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. In the parable above, the king sent his servants to call people to the wedding, but each of them were so involved with the world that they gave their regrets and would not come to the marriage. Sadly, that is true today as it has been over the centuries; the Holy Spirit calls people to come to Christ, yet many are too busy with the “cares of this world” to respond to the Spirit’s bidding. Some only give lip service about coming to the Lord, but their heart isn’t in it, there is not commitment, so they return to their worldly lives. The parable goes on to say that the servants then are instructed to go into the highways and byways to bid anyone available to come to the wedding and indeed, the wedding becomes filled with guests from every walk of life each with a heart to celebrate the wedding of the King’s son. However, one guest didn’t have on a proper wedding garment; essentially, this particular guest was a “wedding crasher” – there were ulterior or deceitful motives to his presence at the marriage feast and he didn’t have on the proper “robe of righteousness” which is necessary for this particular Son of this particular King. Romans 5: 17  For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Such a person is not worthy of the King’s kindness – he has stealthily invaded where he does not belong; he tried to come to God on his own terms, not the terms laid out by God; he will not submit to God but chooses to transform or mold God to his view of the way God should be. We see that readily in our world today – God’s Word is whatever truth “they” declare it to be, in such a way so that “they” can live their lives the way “they” want and not the way God’s Word says to live life. We are in the days where “evil is spoken of as good and good evil”. 2 Peter 2: 2  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. Such people are not clothed in righteousness – not clothed in a wedding garment for this King and His Son. So the intruder in the parable is discovered and removed from the wedding celebration.

Not only is Yom Teruah the blowing of trumpets to announce the Coronation of Jesus as King (as noted last week), but also to welcome guests to the marriage ceremony of Jesus to His Bride (noted above here) – all in preparation for His millennial rule over the earth. We will go into more of Jesus coming for His Bride next week.