Are you ready to get married in Heaven
Isaiah 62:5 - For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
In the Old Testament times and even during in the New Testament in a solemn marriage the commitment to get marriage (engagement) was the important legal understanding. Any person breaking it was considered as good as divorce. Therefore Joseph had to think many times if he had to say no to marry Mary when he came to know that she was already with a child. It was only the declaration of the Angel that encouraged him to go ahead with his marriage to Mary.
Couples were considered married only when they came to know each other (had physical relation). After the birth of Jesus, Joseph did have children with Mary and this is given in the Bible. They together had at least two daughters and four sons.
The purpose God brought a husband and wife together in marriage was to bring forth a family. He blessed man and women and instructed them to multiply. This instruction was latter solemnized in the institution of marriage. If a couple come together in marriage and do not have children out of the relation, they were considered cursed.
When I got married I followed the worldly advice to come to know your wife (mentally) and enjoy the relationship for a few years (I was told four years ideally) before having children. And after four years we tried hard and could not conceive even after taking medical help. It was only after I was born again and received Christ and the breaking of the curse, my wife conceived with a godly child after six years of marriage.
Over the years as the Lord enlightened me did I realize what a fool I was following worldly advices.
Our marriage to the Lord Jesus Christ although is explained as the coming of a bridegroom and His virgin bride, yet should not be conceived as in human marriage because spirit does not have gender. The purpose of marriage is what the importance of this relation is and that is the forming of a family.
The Lord wants to multiply souls with the coming of us unto a bond with Him. So let us like a virgin keep our spirits holy unto the Lord Jesus Christ our bridegroom.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Father God, You are almighty God. You created us to glorify your Son Lord Jesus Christ. Like a bride surrenders to her husband, Lord we surrender unto our Christ so that we glorify Him and You through Him, for all things your Son does is only to glorify You...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
(he along with James were real brothers of Jesus - sons of Mary and Joseph)
1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
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