Welcome to the Wedding Feast (3 of 3) by Jeff Strite

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Welcome to the Wedding Feast (3 of 3)
Series: Something Old Something New
Jeff Strite
Revelation 19:5-10

OPEN: Weddings are times of excitement and great celebration, and different cultures have different ways of celebrating their marriages.

- In Bulgaria - the bride tosses a dish filled with wheat, coins and a raw egg over her head. If the dish breaks it signifies good luck to come.
- African weddings often involve wine, wheat, pepper, salt, honey, bitter herbs, water, a pot and spoon, a broom, a spear, a shield, and a copy of the Bible. Each one represents a different aspect of the love and strength which unites two families.
- In the Caribbean it's customary for the mother of the bride to make and then pass on the recipe for the wedding cake called the ''Black Cake.'' The basic ingredients include a dozen fresh eggs, a pound of flour, a pound of brown sugar, a pound of butter, and a pound of glazed cherries, raisins, prunes, currants.

Each of those customs represents the value and importance that that culture sees in marriage.
Marriage is seen as one of the greatest events in their lives

And that's the very imagery God wants to place in our minds here in Revelation 19.

When Jesus comes again, there's going to be a great wedding feast.
It's going to be one of the greatest events in our lives.
1000s upon 1000s of people and angels will gathered in a great celebration.
Folks will be all dressed up in the finest of clothing.
There's going to be a lot of shouting and singing and rejoicing.
And the excitement will seemingly never end.

(pause) God loves marriage.
God created marriage for us.
God performed the first marriage in the garden with Adam and Eve.
And God uses the idea of marriage to explain His relationship with us in the church.

In Ephesians 5 Paul explains how Christian husbands and wives should treat each other.
Then he writes ''For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the ...


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