A wedding is a joyous occasion! A day to be remembered by all who attend. Those who attended the wedding at Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine, no doubt remembered the events of that particular day for a very long time. We can read of this particular miracle in John 2 v 1-11.

The language of weddings is used to describe how Jesus will one day return to this earth. In Matthew 22 v 1-14, Jesus tells the parable of a certain king preparing for the marriage of his son. The message of the parable is that we are to be ready for the time when Jesus comes back, and that we are to be prepared.

Similar language is used in Matthew 25 v 1-13. Again the message is that we ought to be prepared for the return of Christ, or as Revelation describes it, the marriage supper of the lamb (Revelation 19 v 7-9).

A wedding involves a tremendous amount of preparation. It often involves some sort of service where it is sometimes appropriate to have readings from the Bible. The table below lists some readings from the Bible that we hope you will find useful in planning your special day:

Readings for use in a wedding service

Reference Comment
Numbers 6:24-26 The LORD bless thee and keep thee
Psalm 67 God be merciful unto us, and bless us;
Psalm 121 The LORD shall preserve thee
Psalm 128 Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
Proverbs 4 : 6 - 13 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
Proverbs 31:10-31 Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 To everything there is a season
Song of Solomon 4 : 7-14 Thou art all fair my love;
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 If I have not love, I am nothing. (In the authorised version, the word love can be substituted for charity to help with the sense.)
1 John 4: 7-12 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;

The message that comes out of all the passages referred to in Matthew is that Jesus is going to return to the earth, and that the marriage supper of the lamb will take place. Just as a normal wedding involves a lot of preparation we too must be prepared for when Jesus comes back.

One of the best ways to find out how we ought to prepare ourselves is to read the Bible. Contained within the pages of this wonderful book, are the instructions as to how we can make ourselves ready for this momentous event. We have a completely free course, available here, which is designed solely to try and help you to read and understand your Bible.

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