A beautiful idiom and a reminder that you are wanted by HIM!
Mark 13: 32
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
This morning I have just been reading about the traditional Jewish wedding, one that Jesus and the disciples were so familiar with.
It was a 12 step process:
- The selection of the bride by the father.
- The bridegroom negotiates the prices of the bride with her father.
- The legal binding contract of a betrothal.
- The written contract called the Ketubah.
- The consent by the bride.
- The sharing of gifts in particular the cup of the covenant between the bride and groom.
- The ritual water cleansing of the bride, the Mikvah.
- The preparing of the bridal chamber with the announcement by the bridegroom to the bride, “I go to prepare a place for you; I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
- The bride is set apart waiting for the grooms return which could take up to 12 months.
- The bridegroom returns with a shout and the blowing or a rams horn.
- Usually in the middle of the night whilst the bride’s father pretends to look away the bride is abducted by the groom.
- The marriage supper which lasts for 7 days with many guests!
Look at point 9 again. The bride is waiting and preparing herself each night. Tonight could be the night! But she didn’t truly know. Neither did the groom. It was his father who would decide whether the bridal house that they had spent perhaps a year building was actually ready or not. Though no doubt it was becoming obvious as time went on. Once the father was satisfied it was ready he would permit his son to go and abduct his bride.
The time for the bridegroom to return for his bride was only known by the father. To use a sentence like this: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Then every Jewish mind would understand it is Jesus using an idiom regarding the wedding.
In fact as you study closely the Jewish wedding and read the many things Jesus said then you realise that this was the main point he was trying to communicate. The marriage supper is the end result.
So this sentence is not to be discussed regarding the Trinitarian view of Jesus and whether it proved Jesus deity or humanity in not knowing the times.
This verse is not to be thrown into the mix of those searching for dates and times.
It is an idiom. It is Jesus bringing us back to the most wonderful occasion of all occasions, a wedding. After telling us of days of distress, it is okay, there is a plan, a wedding plan. Things are being prepared right now and the Father will announce at the perfect time to his son, “Go and get the bride!”
This is about relationship. It is love. A desire of God for relationship with you. He wants you. So be ready for Him.