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Can the children of the bridechamber mourn? Matthew 9

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 8, 2010

KJV Matthew 9:15
15. And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

A wedding is a joyful occasion. People spend outrageous sums of money to celebrate the union of a man and wife. Guests are invited from near and far, relatives, neighbors, friends, coworkers, and others are invited to a wedding, young and old. The bride chooses her closest friends to be members of the wedding party. Among this wedding party it is common to include the youngest members of the family.

The younger members of the bridechamber may not completely understand the wedding celebration. It would take a tragic event for the children of the bridechamber cry. A missing bridegroom may not be serious enough to bring tears to the children. But if something unexpected, such as the death of the bridegroom occurred, the children would understand such an incident and mourn.

Notice the text says, the children of the bridechamber. This is not referring to a bride, rather members of the wedding party. To gain a better understanding of this parable we must identify the key word bridegroom. This is a simple lesson that teaches a very important rule of study.


KJV Revelation 21:2. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

KJV Revelation 21:9. And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11. Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Revelation 21 contains a vision of a wedding in which the city New Jerusalem represents the bride, and the Lamb represents the Bridegroom. To find out if this is the bridegroom referred to in Matthew 9, we must first identify the Lamb.


KJV Isaiah 53:7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

lamb for sacrifice

Lamb for Sacrifice

KJV Acts 8:32. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 33. In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. 34. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35. Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

When identifying the Lamb one text explains another. Isaiah is a prophecy of Jesus and Acts 8 explains the prophecy has been fulfilled. This is one example showing how God clearly explains His prophecies.

KJV John 1:29. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

KJV 1 Peter 1:19. But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

John and Peter clearly identify Jesus as the Lamb in simple terms. These are examples of how the Bible identifies spiritual definitions.

The gospels confirm Jesus was later taken from them, tried, crucified, buried and rose on the third day. This verifies the bridegroom also represents Jesus.

This lesson may seem simple, but it reveals valuable study methods contained within the Bible. God presents the simplest studies to teach the greatest lessons. Many people know the Lamb represents Jesus, but few are able to prove it from the Bible. Very few people know how to locate supporting texts. This illustrates the point, a little bit of knowledge is dangerous. Knowing the results of an equation is not the same as knowing how to solve the problem.

In this case a study of the bridegroom identified the Lamb, a study of the Lamb identified Jesus. This teaches the simple algebraic term, if a = b and b = c, then a = c. If the bridegroom = the Lamb and the Lamb = Jesus, then the bridegroom = Jesus.

Also notice the results are also confirmed not only through a simple word study, identifying the spiritual meaning of the bridegroom, but also a fulfillment of the prophecy. The parable states, the bridegroom shall be taken. This was fulfilled when Jesus was taken by the priest and tried as a criminal.


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