I Do

Wedding party head to the Wedding Feast

Wedding party head to the Wedding Feast

I love this photo of our dear brother and sister, Mr. & Mrs. Drikus and Megan Cronje. As a shadow and type, it is an image of Jesus our Bridegroom, the church as His Bride and their attendants, after the final ceremony of marriage, heading on to celebrate at the wedding feast of the Lamb. Oh, what a glorious day that will be!

A most excellent shadow and type of Christ the Bridegroom and His Church, His Bride, is seen in the traditional Jewish wedding of Jesus day when He was on earth. It is full of shadows and types that move me to tears.

For instance, just like in the West today, the chosen bride in ancient Jewish times always had a choice.  She, like us, could reject the proposal. This is seen in the case of Rebekah in Genesis 24:57-58. When she was asked regarding Isaac “Will you go with this man?” she said “I will go”.  This reminded me of today’s Western marriage ceremony where the bride is asked “Do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband…”?  The bride traditionally responds with “I do”.

So at the bottom of this post I’ve changed some words to a well known Abba song, to reflect the “I do”s of the church The song of-course is called I Do, I Do.  There is great significance in the lines referring to the Bridegroom taking His cup of wine, for in Jewish weddings the bridegroom would take his cup of wine at the betrothal ceremony and say to his bride-to-be,  “This is the cup of my covenant, the cup of my blood, which is poured out for you” which literally meant “I am committed to you as your husband forever”. Jesus said these same words to His disciples at the Passover meal. As He drank from the cup, He spoke the language of a Bridegroom to His Bride. 

Click on the link for an instrumental of the song so you can sing along. I hope you get a glimpse of the joy and celebratory heart of our Lord who is eagerly waiting the time He comes to collect His betrothed (us!), complete the ceremony and celebrate together at the wedding feast of the Lamb!

Enjoy Church, for our Bridegroom is coming soon and He’s excited!!!

 https://youtu.be/HEYRu-7zZtM

I Do, I Do (song)

Sunday, 24 May 2015

8:50 AM

SONG to tune of Abba’s I Do

(verse 1)

Bride 

Your father chose me, I’m Your bride, now receive me

I love you

I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

 

(verse 2)

Groom

My Spirit sealed it, I’ll return, can’t you feel it?

I love you 

I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

 

(Chorus 1)

Bride & Groom together 

Oh, I’ve been dreaming from eternity past

Now we have made it, I found you at last

 

 (Verse 3)

Groom 

With my cup, I have done it, with this wine, I’m excited

We’re betrothed

It’s true, it’s true, it’s true, it’s true, it’s true

 

(musical interlude for tag and one verse)

 

(Chorus 2)

Bride

With all – Your promises and wedding feast

We’ll be united, for all eternity!

 

(Verse 4)

Groom

With my cup, I have done it, with this wine, I’m excited

We’re betrothed

It’s true its true its true its true its true

 

(Verse 5)

Bride

So you’ll never leave me, I’m Your Bride, You’ve received me

I love you

I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

 

(Verse 6)

Groom

My spirit sealed it, I’ll return, just believe it

I love you,

I do, I do, I do, I do, I do

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