Q. What do you think about this excerpt of a Messianic teaching about the bride?
“From the passage in Hosea (2:19-20) it is clear that Israel is the Bride of God. Yet the Newer Covenant Scriptures tell us that the “church” is the bride of Messiah. Does God have two brides? Is He a polygamist? No! Or, is it possible as some have suggested, God divorced one bride – Israel, to marry another – the church? That cannot be – for God has told us He hates divorce (Mal 2:16) and Jeremiah affirms God’s everlasting covenant with the physical people Israel (Jer 31:35-37). This too is affirmed by Paul in (Rom 9-11). The best solution then is to affirm the fact that God has always had one bride – His chosen people Israel. This has been enlarged to include those grafted in to Israel (Rom 11:17), the gentile believers.”
A. I don’t believe this opinion is correct. Several passages are lifted out of context and misapplied. Surrounding scriptures are ignored. For example, even though God hates divorce, Hosea 2:2 tells us the marriage relationship between God and Israel was terminated. Then Hosea 2: 19-20 says it will be reinstated in the End times. In fact, according to Jeremiah 3:6-10 God did issue Israel a certificate of divorce. It was for adultery, the only acceptable reason. Then Jeremiah 31:31-34 confirms the end times reconciliation again. Jeremiah 31:35-37 is simply God’s reassurance that this will happen. To say the Church only becomes part of the bride because of being “grafted in” to Israel is not consistent with the intent of these and other Scriptures.