Micah & Hannah’s Wedding 
By Bro. Mark Bullen 
 
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These three  passages of Scripture concerning marriage correspond with the thoughts on marriage I would like to share with you: 
 
Mt 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: 
Heb 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 
Re 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.   And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God 
 
My oldest son, Micah Bullen, married Hannah Molner on the 4th of December, 2010.  It was a wonderful day, and a tremendous answer to our prayers.  There are some principles in the above verses that I wish to share as I also share with you our rejoicing in this marriage we recently witnessed. 
 
The first verse, Matt. 22:2, speaks of an important aspect of marriage.  For a father and mother, the marriage of their child is similar to a graduation.  It is a consummation of years of labor, love, and prayers.  It is like the young eagle taking flight out of the nest.  It is the establishment of a new home; and it is to the parent a display of a finished product — the fruit of their labors in the home.  For us it was a triumph over all the evil forces that militated against this “graduation” and fulfilled hopes.  As we have labored to raise our children in the Lord; give them the blessing of a godly foundation for life; and pray for a godly mate for their future; we have been engaged in a continual war against the world, the flesh, and the devil.  The evil forces from many fronts have fired at our foundations, sought to burn down our fortresses, infiltrate our ranks, overturn our teachings, undermine our authority, and discredit our love and motives.  God has given us the victory; and this marriage was the crowning day of that victory.  
 
The king in the parable wished to invite guests to the wedding to witness and rejoice with him as his son took this important step of life, and became the man of his own household.  The king is obviously pleased with his son’s graduation to manhood, because it is an honorable and not a shameful situation.  He is also pleased with the bride that has been chosen for his son, deeming the situation something to be displayed openly without shame.  Both sets of parents in Micah & Hannah’s wedding would have wished that everyone could have witnessed this triumphal day; but Micah & Hannah wished to keep the wedding small, and therefore only close family and a few friends were invited from each side.  If this has offended anyone, we apologize, and hope you understand.  They desired to keep the work-load and expense to a minimum. 
 
The basis of rejoicing in a marriage, as already stated, is rooted in the second verse (Heb.13:4) — It is the rightness and honor of a pure marriage.  Parents are greatly honored by children who conduct themselves in a righteous manner.   Parents cannot rejoice in the same manner when young people have not had pure courtship, are marrying in rebellion, or are marrying a second time, etc.  When two young people enter into courtship, both being pure, and proceed in purity and obedience to God ordained authority; their marriage is an honor to God, their parents, and their church.  Our rejoicing is in the triumph of two young people who have not only survived adolescence, but have conquered the world, flesh, and devil in pure courtship and marriage.  They both approached the altar of marriage having observed hands-off courtship and engagement.  They determined to not kiss or even join hands until after their vows.  They honored the guidelines set by their parents and church … and we are rejoicing.  You only have one chance in life to have a God honoring virgin wedding — If you mess up, you’ve lost this chance forever!  What a wonderful foundation for respect and trust in a marriage!  Upwelling within my breast is a great desire to praise the Lord…and stick out my tongue at the devil.    
 
The last three verses… 
Re 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.   And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God 
 
these verses reveal some sober and exciting realities about a future marriage that will affect every living creature.  It will affect you, if you are invited, and it will affect you if you are not invited.  Not everyone will be invited to this wedding — only those who have made themselves ready according to the Word of God.  Those not invited are those who have been head-strong and self-willed in going their own ways, seeking the applause of men, and therefore being disqualified as a bride for the King of kings.  
 
The ones who will be invited are those who have come to Christ in full repentance and submission; and have finished the course of sanctification Christ has ordained through his church and by His Spirit — see Eph. 5: 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 
 
Again we see Christ’s Bride preparation program in Titus 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 
 
Without exercising a faith that brings us to repentance and continued submission, we will never endure the scrubbing, washing, chastening, and training that is required for those who will be invited to partake of the marriage of God’s Son to His bride — the true church of Jesus Christ — the only ones who will be saved and inhabit Christ’s eternal kingdom.  The grand message of the Word of God is to present the possibility of fallen man entering into this marriage covenant with God through His Son; and declaring the requirements, conditions, responsibilities, and process by which this can be attained.  The concept of marriage is a beautiful picture of our reconciliation and reunion with God through Christ.  If we wish to be a part of the “bride”, we must follow Christ’s mandate to make ourselves “ready”.  
 
I Peter 1: 13 ¶ Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.  17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 
 
Our prayer is that you will believe God’s Word, repent of anything in your life that will disqualify you from being part of the “Bride” for God’s Son; and pursue the “Bride Preparation” that Christ desires for His church.  Obviously this includes being a part of His church in cooperation and submission to His program.  When God sees you pursuing the “World” as defined in I John 2:15-17, He doesn’t see a potential bride for His Son, but an unfaithful and shameful harlot unworthy of being  considered — so says James: 
 
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 
 
 
Romans 12:1 sums up God’s expectations of you, and the corresponding results: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God
 
We sincerely pray that you won’t miss this ultimate, eternal, and divine Wedding.  “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”