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Reading 1 - Job 40:4
"I am unworthy -- how can I reply to you? I put my hand over
my mouth" (Job 40:4).
But it was only when the sinner knew himself to be unworthy,
with no extenuating circumstances to plead, that God could begin the process of
instruction that leads to repentance, which in turn brings forgiveness and
Reading 2 - Mal 2:13-15
"Another thing you do: You flood the LORD's altar with tears.
You weep and wail because he no longer pays attention to your offerings or
accepts them with pleasure from your hands. You ask, 'Why?' It is because the
LORD is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because
you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your
marriage covenant. Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are
his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in
your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth" (Mal
"Marriage is a serious business. God created marriage to last
a lifetime. It is the commitment between a man and a woman to be devoted to each
other for as long as they live. It is about faithfulness, sharing and unity. But
today, as it was in Malachi's day, the marriage bond is not respected as it
should be. When a marriage breaks down, much more is affected than just the
lives of the couple: here we see that because of their unfaithfulness in
marriage, God no longer paid attention to those people or accepted their
offerings. In other words, if we want to be accepted by God and we want him to
hear our prayers we must stay faithful to our marriage partner.
"One of the reasons He makes the two halves of a married
couple as one is because He is looking for godly offspring. Can godly children
come from a broken home? Yes, they can, but it is so much more difficult.
"When Malachi finished his message about marriage, he ended
with a strong exhortation which is worth repeating: 'So guard yourself in your
spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth...' Amen!" (Robert
Reading 3 - Rev 19:9
"Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of
the Lamb!" (Rev 19:9).
"It is common to identify the marriage and the marriage supper
as one, and because of that mistakes are made in the understanding of this
chapter. The following account of a marriage supper, taken from various parts of
the Word, will help in the better understanding of this important part of the
"The bride was dressed in white, often richly decorated (Psa
45:13,14), with a bridal girdle about her waist (Isa 49:18), and resplendent in
jewels (Isa 61:10). The bridegroom set out from his home to that of the bride,
accompanied by friends and musicians (Mat 25:10). Having received the bride, he
conducted the whole company to his house, singing and dancing marking the route
(Psa 45:15; Mat 9:15; Song 3:6-11).
"It was customary for friends to join the company on the way
back (Mat 25:6). A feast was then provided to which additional friends came (Mat
22:1-10, 25:1-13). Thus the bridegroom returns with his angelic friends to meet
the bride at [the place of judgment], to conduct her to Zion for the feast.
"Those who join the procession on the way back, to rejoice at
the subsequent feast, will be Israel and the nations (v 17). The terms of the
invitation are expressed in Rev 14:6,7. The feast is celebrated after Armageddon
and before the complete destruction of those nations who reject the invitation
(Eze 39:17)" (HP Mansfield, "Apocalypse Epitomised").