Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Jesus our Bridegroom (Mike Pilavachi)
In a half hour sermon structured around the patterns of Hebrew marriage, Mike Pilavachi paints a wonderful Espousal Gospel vision from the pages of Exodus of the God who wants to make us his own.
Mike Pilavachi on God's Marriage (New Wine, Central & South West, Friday 3rd August)
Seems to me that Genesis tells the story of Fathers and Sons, generation after generation looking for the promised seed... with the key pictures of that seed enduring suffering and battling to find a bride.
Exodus picks up the same themes. The whole story is framed by the Father demanding the release of his adopted son Israel from slavery under Pharaoh. Then, as Mike's message shows we see Jesus leading his people out of slavery to bring them to marriage to have her for himself under the care of his Father in the presence of the Spirit.
Forget Eggs and Water, Ice and Steam or clover leafs... Fathers and Sons, Husbands and Wives are the key God-images of the Triune God for He is The Father who has a Son who seeks a bride.
UPDATE: Mike Pilavach on a similar theme, on the wedding dance and John 2 at UCCF #Forum2012