R’s and J’s WEDDING – 28 Apr 2010

–Present amongst extended family and friends in the Presence of God.  Even the moon is reflecting as much as it can of the glory of the sun shining upon it this evening!  But, R and J, the radiance shining out from each of you is even greater than that!  Glory to God!

–We are all gathered together here to celebrate a wedding between a man and a woman.  God has sanctified marriage in a way that many will give up much to celebrate with the Bride and Groom.  They do not do this for two people simply deciding to live together, or for a husband and wife who divorce from one another.  A lawful wedding between a man and woman, who have chosen to join themselves together in love, with joy and hope, is holy, and we who have come to know the God who has made weddings and marriage so special,  look forward to the wedding of Messiah with His Bride – all those who love Yeshua for who He truly is.

–White – the symbol of purity and hope – is not a very popular color in our days.  This is a sad commentary on the faith and moral level of our generation.  What a lovely bride you are, R!  And you, J, as the groom!  You will both thank and praise God throughout the rest of your lives together that you have kept yourselves for each other.

–Those who wait with hope in the Lord are not disappointed.  Joey, you have had your heart and hope set  on this lovely lady for about six years, and have waited patiently and faithfully.  You asked permission from R’s parents to woo her, and we gave it to you to try, if it was from God.  Look and see all these here tonight who are happy with you that R, who also gave her heart to God, had a change of heart to make this night different from all other nights in your lives!

   For both of you, your experience in your walk with the Lord and with each other is a solid foundation for trusting the Holy Spirit to work in your lives for your good and to the honor of God.  As you love Yeshua above all, you will know that the fear of the Lord is key to your married life together.

–Marriage is a covenant relationship, where each gives 100% of what you have and who you are to each  other.  (God’s higher math is a bit different than ours!)

    –Humility
    –Lovingkindness/Grace/Hesed
    –Complete trust in the faithfulness of the other, and commitment to each other which is never in doubt
    –Complementing and supplementing one another
    –Forgiving one another without keeping account – even without being asked!
    –Honoring each other when you are together, and when you are not!
    –J, you have the high and impossible calling to love your wife R even as Messiah loves the Church!
    –R, you are given by God to your husband J to humbly and wisely help him obey the Word of God.

–At your birth, R, your mother and I dedicated you (and your sister and brothers) to the glory of God.  Miracles still happen!  And you have grown up to know God as your Father in Heaven and to love His Son, the Lord Jesus.  Now, biblically, we are giving you to marry into J’s family, even as you both leave your parents’ households to build your own family and house.

–Tonight we celebrate your wedding:  a good start.  Work to make the marriage finish well, to bring even greater joy to yourselves, to your own children, family, and friends, and to our wonderful Creator and Redeemer!

–Until death do you part, or until the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ/Yeshua Messiah!

RICHES OF THE GLORY OF THIS MYSTERY: MESSIAH IN YOU!

Col 1:24-28   . . .for the sake of His body, which is the Church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the Word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.  To them God willed to make known what what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles:   which is Messiah in you, the hope of gloryHim we preach, warning and teaching every man in all wisdom. . . .  

What are some of the riches of the glory of Messiah in you/us 

God’s Presence
Messiah lives in me   Gal 2:20-21; Rev 3:20
–Father, Son, Holy Spirit   Jn 14:23  

Throne
–in the mind and in the heart   Jer 31:33; Mk 11:25-26
–let the peace of God rule in your heart   Col 3:15
Lordship of Messiah:  ‘you have heard it said [by Moses, or by others], but I say’   Dt 18:18-19; Mt 5:17-18,21-21,27-28, 31-34,38-39,43-44;    Lk 6:46-49   do what I say
–The Holy Spirit brings to remembrance what the Lord Jesus has spoken and taught   Jn 14:26
Power and Authority of the believer   Jn 16:23-27  

Holy Temple of God
–of the Holy Spirit   1Cor 3:16-17; 6:13-20
–Holy: let us cleanse ourselves in the inner man   Mt 23:26;2Cor 7:1 (What promises!? 2Cor 6:16-18)
House of Prayer for all nations   Is 56:6-8; Mk 11:17; Rom 8:26-27, 28-39; 1Tim 2:1; Mt 5:44-45
–place of worship   Ex 8:1 (7:26 Heb); Ezek 36:22-28; Rom 12:1-2; 11:33-36; Jn 4:23-24  

Sealed with The Holy Spirit
–Eternal Life   Jn 17:20-24; Eph 1:13-14
–Hope of Glory!   Rom 8:22-39
  –The inner and outer Presence of God in all creation and in His deeds.  We will be in the image and likeness of God, and even now are to live more and more in a way that glorifies Him.
  –Glory of Man is temporary
    —Ja 1:9-11  our glory comes from God.  Idolatry is worshipping the vessel through whom we see something good – of God – but do not worship God Himself, the source of our glory, our beauty, our wisdom (Ezek 16:14-15  Jerusalem’s beauty and shame)
  –Glory of God is eternal
    –Beauty, Power, Radiance, Humility
    –God is LIGHT, LOVE, HOLY, GOOD, IS
      —In Jesus we see God’s attributes in a way that we do not die in God’s brilliance!  

Rev 21:23   The New Jerusalem does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.  

1Jn 3:2-3   He who has this hope purifies himself, even as He is pure.  

Riches of the glory of this mystery:  Eph 2:9-22     dwelling place
                                                                 3:14-19   love relationship of/from the heart

BECAUSE OF THE HOPE OF ISRAEL

Acts 28:17-29   . . .I have done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers. . .I have nothing of which to accuse my nation. . .[but] because of the hope of Israel I am bound [as a prisoner].

Acts 23:6   concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!

Acts 24:14-15; Dan 12:2   . . .according to the Way, which they call a cult, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.  I have hope in God,    which they also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.

Acts 26:6-8, 21-23   . . .judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers. . . .our twelve tribes hope to attain. . . .for this hope’s sake. . .I am accused by the Jews.

Some O.T. References quoted in the N.T. regarding the resurrection connected to Yeshua, and to those in Christ:
Is 25:8; Hos 13:14      1Cor 15:54-55; Rev 21:4   Death swallowed up in victory! Death, where your sting?! Hades, where your victory?!

Is 55:3; Ps 2:7; 16:10           Acts 13:30-35   You are My Son; today I have begotten You;
I will give You the sure mercies of David.  Your Holy One will not see corruption.

Ps 16:8-11                  Acts 2:22-33   My flesh will rest in hope; You will make me full of joy in Your presence!

Dan 12:2                    Acts 24:15   the resurrection of the just and of the unjust

The Apostle Paul did nothing against what was written in the Tanach – Moses and the Prophets.  All that became understood to prove that Yeshua was/is God’s Messiah is found in the Hebrew Scriptures.  This also includes, for example, that the “day after the Sabbath” – the first day of the week, or, Sunday —  would become an important day in the life and the testimony of believers in Him. (Lev 23:11,15-16)  The Book of Genesis, written by Moses, also is used to demonstrate why Gentile males do not need to become circumcised in order to be accepted by God. (Gen 15; Rom 4)

Moses and the Prophets write by inspiration of the Holy Spirit that Gentiles (non-Israelis/Jews) have always been in God’s heart in His plan of redemption and salvation:  all those who lived before YHVH’s covenant with Abram/Abraham, such as Enoch, Noah, Job; all the families of the Earth would be blessed through God’s choice of Abram/Abraham (Gen 12:3); some Gentiles have a place and a full inheritance with the native Israelis in the Promised Land during the Millennial Kingdom (Ezek 47:21-23).

We today do not accuse our nation, but through the preaching of the gospel and being witnesses of the truth of the risen Lord and Savior, we hope to bring our nation Israel back into the good of the hope which God gave the patriarchs and which they believed.  The same opposition faced by the Lord Yeshua and by the apostles and other believers during those early years is the same which we are facing more and more in our own generation in these last days.  Yet, by the power and grace of God, though the darkness becomes night, the light is more bright!

The controversy is over who “that Man” JESUS/YESHUA is:  man condemned Him to death as a criminal, but He was justified in the Spirit by His resurrection from among the dead – the firstfruits of all who have fallen asleep (1Cor 15:20; Lev 23:9-11).  Our hope – and the hope of Israel – is in God who raised up Yeshua our Lord from among the dead, who was delivered up at Passover because of our offenses, and was raised, on the day after the Sabbath, because of our justification. (Rom 4:24-25; Mt 28:1; Lk 24:1; Tit 2:13)