What Does It Mean To Be God’s Wife?

Altar wedding

Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

Isaiah 54:4,5

One thing that we can always count on in life is that people will let us down whether they mean it or not. We are just not capable of keeping our promises. Fortunately, we cannot say this about God but yet we need to be reminded.

The Devil is extremely effective in convincing us that we have no hope of reconciling with God but the Lord graciously shows us that He is merciful and eager to receive us. This passage reminds me of Hosea 2:16:

And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.

The Hebrew meanings behind ishi and baali are interesting for what they illuminate. Baali is the word for lord, or sir, and refers to the order within the marriage wherein the husband is the head and the wife is placed under his headship and authority. Ishi (my man, my husband) is related to the word, isha (my woman, my wife), which Adam used of Eve and it connotes a relationship that is much more intimate. God is condescending to our level and seeking an intimate relationship with His people in which they are face to face.

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Romans 7:4

Jesus fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy by showing us that He is the bridegroom for the church, His bride. We also are one with Him, even as He is one with the Father. The relationship will then reach its ultimate stage when He comes back to get His bride for the wedding banquet that will never end.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “What Does It Mean To Be God’s Wife?

  1. Isaiah refers to a metaphorical relationship between Israel and God. The concept of an individual, or a religious organization, being married to a deity is quite different. This is a tradition rooted in paganism (as are many Christian traditions). It stems from the temple cults where individuals would be married or consecrated to their deity. Temple prostitution was related to some of these cults as well.

    • You’re right that Isaiah refers to a metaphorical relationship, as do I, as well as the church for the last 2,000 years. Christian traditions, insofar as they are biblical, are not rooted in paganism. I believe the root of this relationship is the creation of Adam and Eve.

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