15. Jehovah-Jesus, the Husband of His People

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In the Old Testament Jehovah repeatedly takes the place of being the husband of His people Israel. A similar relationship is denoted with reference to Christ and His people in the New Testament. Note the following:
“Thy Maker is thine husband; The LORD [Jehovah] of hosts is His name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel” (Isa. 54:5).
“Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD [Jehovah]; for I am married unto you” (Jer. 3:14).
“My covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith the LORD [Jehovah]” (Jer. 31:32).
“It shall be at that day, saith the LORD [Jehovah], that thou shalt call Me Ishi [or (margin), my husband]...And I will betroth thee unto Me forever” (Hos. 2:16,19).
“I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:2).
“While they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut” (Matt. 25:10).
“He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom  .  .  . rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice....He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:29-30).
“Let us be glad and rejoice,...for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready....Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Rev. 19:7,9).
If Israel is the bride of Jehovah in the Old Testament, how blessed is our portion to be part of the heavenly bride of our Jehovah-Jesus!