Entire volumes can (and have) been written about God’s plan for mankind. The wisdom of God is so far above what we can fathom and the making of many books is without end (Ecc 12:12). I won’t recreate a thesis here but I will lay a necessary foundation for the subject. This foundation is imperative, even crucial to our walk in Christ. Neglecting it would be a grave injustice because, in one spiritual aspect, we are all women. Throughout the New Testament, the church is affirmed to be the bride of Christ.
The story of Christ and his love is like no other. It has all the elements that make any love story catch our attention: Passion, commitment, treachery, betrayal, war, forgiveness and more. It is the greatest love story ever known because it is more than just a story, it’s a fact. Sadly I find that most people fail to grasp the scope and span of the bible saga. Their entire understanding of the bible as a love story is limited to John 3:16 and cursory overviews of Solomon’s Song. In some ways this is understandable as much of what happened ‘in the beginning’ is shrouded in small portions of Scripture scattered throughout the testaments. None the less, those pieces are very important to the puzzle and it is a story that is well worth piecing together.
Somewhere in the early eons of time, the Godhead reigned over the hosts of heaven. The planet we know as earth was inhabited by God’s creation and Lucifer, full of wisdom and beauty, reigned in the land (Ez 28:12-14). Men upon the earth were less like men and more like dogs: limited in intelligence and lacking the depths of creativity that we posses; men created in the shape of man but not in the image of God; vessels more for display than use (2 Cor 4:7, 2 Tim 2:20). Archeologists still find their remnants and jump to foolish conclusions of evolution.
The the story continues to be ambiguous but there is scriptural reason to speculate the following events. God, at some point, decided upon a gift for his Son. I imagine there was conversation with Lucifer that mirrored the conversation of Haman with king Ahasuerus:
And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in. So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself? And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour, Let the royal apparel be brought which the king useth to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head: And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that they may array the man withal whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour. Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king’s gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken. Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour.
Unlike the story of Haman though, the honor of God the King towards his son Jesus included an even more special gift. That gift was a bride. While those particulars may lack solid clarity, we can rightly infer that the topic of the bride was a catalyst for Lucifer’s fall. Lucifer, having corrupted his wisdom by reason of his brightness became envious (Pr 27:4) and moved to murder. Scripture makes it plain that Lucifer was a ‘murderer from the beginning’ (Jh 8:44). It should thus become crystal clear why our introduction to the sacred starts with that unforgettable phrase of time, “In the beginning”. Only fairy-tales start with ‘once upon a time’ but I digress.
Lucifer’s attempt to claim the Judgment Seat and the Bride from Christ failed and, in the aftermath, the earth had been destroyed. What once stood as the glory of God was now without form and void (Jer 4:23-26). Darkness was upon the face of the deep.
Despite the attempted coup, The Son would still be honored and by the power of his own hand at that. In the beginning, Jesus Christ created the heavens and the earth (Col 1:16). Everything on the earth was perfect and Eden was the center of that perfection.
It is difficult to presume why Lucifer is still in the picture at this point in history. Perhaps God himself contemplated a lesser punishment of banishment and abasement among the chosen but then, after the incursion with Eve, his fate became more permanently sealed (cf. Est 7:7-8, Lev 20:10).
Prior to the fall, the existence of man & woman was unquestionably in preparation for the wedding that was to come. This is easily inferred from the lifespan of those after the fall. Methuselah lived 969 years, almost a full millennium. What we now understand as the Feast of the Bridegroom (or the Millennial Reign) is the reclamation of that 1000 years except this time around, Satan is bound (Rev 20:2) and the participants are those who have vowed their love.
Without the Tree of Life and without sin, Adam & Eve were still mortal in the Garden. Immortality was to be had only with the Tree of Life. Sin sealed their fate and prevented the acquisition of that eternal life (cf. Gen 3:22). On the surface, Lucifer had scored a victory. He had halted the wedding by turning the bride into a whore.
The love story only grows stronger at this junction. Christ could have easily passed on his bride to be, but instead he chose to reveal his love & his glory by means of redemption. To better understand that redemption, the Law was given as her schoolmaster. Most Christians understand the remainder of the story from there.
Summing up the Bible story is not an easy task but that’s it in a nutshell: A king, a kingdom, an evil servant, a prince, a wedding, a war, and a betrayal followed by forgiveness! Each piece of that story is more than worthy of a few books. Volumes can be and have been written about every aspect (some worth more than others). It is the reason men love action movies where the guy gets the girl and the reason why women are ingrained to love stories that embody an undying romance. It’s not just a saga that defines history, it’s a saga that defines who we are.