“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
'In the Beginning', the world was in chaos & disorder! The Creation did not acknowledge the Covenant that the Creator had instituted & was not aware of the relationship She had with Him. When the Creator overshadowed His Creation, He began to prepare for His arrival & the consummation of all things! The Creation He renamed Israel, for She would one day rule with Him!
Israel was formed for a Purpose; She was to be a 'prophet to the nations', to spread the Good News of the Good Creator & His Great Love for His Creation! Ultimately, 'in the fulness of time', the Creator revealed Himself, in His Fulness, to His Creation, for Israel had forgotten Her First Love & begun to commit adultery with those who were not Her Creator! The knowledge of the Creator had begun to overshadow the entire Creation as the waters cover the sea, even though Israel herself had fallen into idolatry & ultimately, into the Grave, or Exile!
Though Israel, as a 'a nation of priests', had passed over into the realm of the dead through Her unfaithfulness, because of His great Mercy & Grace, the Creator Himself, as He had Purposed from the beginning, Instituted a Marriage with His Creation! Although not unforeseen, Israel had fallen & so must rise again before She could be married to Her Creator! How was this Resurrection to occur? In the short ( relatively speaking ) but sordid History of Israel, there were many examples, some clearer than others, of this phenomenon, but She, regardless of these, had missed the Spiritual Nature of the Promise ( Ezekiel 37 ) & insisted on physical signs!
Jesus embodied the Resurrection of Israel! He was the Creator, in biology & in full Revelation to His Creation! Israel had died the Death of Adam & suffered a sort of estrangement from Blessed Relation with Her Creator, so the Creator Himself took upon Himself the form of His own Creation, both to bring about the necessary Resurrection & to reveal Himself fully & finally to His Creation!
Resurrection equals New Creation! As a New Creation, dead to sin & alive to Her Creator, Israel was now fully equipped to fulfill her mission! Because of the Institution of the Marriage ( Union ) of Creator & Creation, She was no longer prone to the idolatry She was used to practicing! The Creator had consummated His Relationship with His Creation! Now Israel was free to continue Her mission, that of spreading the Good News of the Good Creator & His Great Love for His Creation!
Though the Creator now lives within His Creation, for many different reasons, chaos & disorder still seems to exist in His Creation! One of the reasons for this is that many of His Creation yet refuse to acknowledge the Creator; much less do those same obey His Covenant!
The Institution of Marriage through Covenant was given by the Creator to His Creation! Israel was created to fulfill that Plan & though the Marriage of Heaven & Earth has occurred, it has, in the greatest sense, only begun! Like the promised ( Daniel 2 ) Kingdom, the Marriage is a relatively new one, less than 2,000 years into Eternity!
We've only just begun!
Charles Haddon Shank