When I was young in the Lord we used to sing a song with lyrics that went “From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.” This was a quote from psalms. In psalms 19 on the same them is … the sun, which is a bridegroom coming out of his chamber. Clearly here the psalmist is making an allegory between Son and Sun. What I love about this thought is the revelation it conjures. The sun rises and it’s a new day. Out of the earth it seems to rise at dawn. Like a strong man set to run his course he appears on the horizon. While it is still day the day teaches us. Like Christ breaking forth from Mary’s womb or Joseph’s tomb a new day was dawning. Certainly Christ was the strong man set to run His course and who could restrain Him? Until He finished His work the radiance of Him would flood this world. Even if evil could cast a shadow just a little turn and His light would expose the darkness.
Now if you think of the bridegroom the betrothal is complete. When Christ came He brought the spirit and accepted our flesh. He took flesh to heaven and left the spirit here. Each a symbol of the marriage promise. For flesh and spirit will be united in Christ forever.
Another great portrait of this truth is in the story of the returning Ark on a cart led by two mother kine. The Ark carried the unbroken law. The two cows lowed the entire time under the burden of the law until they came to the field of Joshua of Bethshemesh, that is, the house of the sun. Our Joshua, our savior, our Son, our Sun put an end to the law. No more noise of Kine, calves, sacrifices or ceremonies. The old law was to cease and stand still when they came to Jesus.
The bride on the other hand was to come alive of the exit of the bridegroom from His chamber. “I am my beloved’s and He is mine” songs 6:3. “I am brown by persecution and black by nature” Songs 1:5. Yet under the new day of the bright shinning Son of Righteousness through His favor we are made white and snow without spot or wrinkle.
While it is still day and the radiant work of Christ’s adoration is shinning upon us let us all sing “From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, the Lord’s name is to be praised.” AMEN!