This mornings Spurgeon reading was Jeremiah 3:14 which says
Return, you faithless children”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“for I am your master, and I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. HCSB
however Spurgeon used the Authorized Version AKA the King James Version which says
Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: KJV
Now there’s quite a bit of difference between the translations, but the same result in the end: God will bring His believers to Zion. What I am growing to love about C.H.Spurgeon is his ability to focus in on a seemingly minor detail, and blow it up to such great proportions that we see God and Jesus in there and some of Their characteristics.
Spurgeon focuses in on I am married unto you, and speaks of Christ’s marriage-union unto His people. How He was married long before the yoke of bondage, and longs for His bride, in this now, but not yet period.
she is as yet a wanderer in a world of woe, a dweller in the tents of Kedar; but she is even now the bride, the spouse of Jesus, dear to His heart, precious in His sight, written on His hands, and united with His person.
Though we are separated from perfect relationship now, (as Christians) Christ loves & cares for us; we are dear, precious and united.
This affinity as it is more lasting, so is it more near than earthly wedlock. Let the love of husband be never so pure and fervent, it is but a faint picture of the flame which burns in the heart of Jesus.
As a single person this verse strike a chord with me, but these last sentences especially ease some discomfort, for I know that despite this seemingly unattainable relationship & joy with a spouse is but a minute shadow of what I (we) have in Christ. For those that are married (or those aspiring to be), this is a great example of how we should be loving.