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Topic: LOVE (agape and/or phileo) (03/12/15)
TITLE: The Cup of the Covenant
By Diane M. Bowman
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His father picked up the one on the right. "Son, offer this to your bride. If she drinks from your cup, she has promised herself to you forever."
He took the cup of the covenant and offered it to her. With great joy, he watched as she drank from it. Their betrothal was sealed. She had accepted him as her husband. The wedding hadn't yet taken place but their pledge to marry was just as binding as the vows would be on their wedding day.
"Your commitment to me will be sorely tested before we marry. If you drink from my cup often, it will help you to remember this night of our betrothal and keep your promise to me fresh on your mind."
His father picked up the other cup, the one that had belonged to his bride and silently handed it to his son.
He took it, looked inside and fled to the garden, still carrying the cup. Falling to his knees, he trembled as he pleaded with his father, "Is there no other way? Your power is without limit, must I drink from this cup?"
The father stood and watched as the son, in great agony, wrestled within his heart. Knowing that his son must win the battle without him, yet longing to offer comfort, he sent a servant to give him strength.
The son's struggle became so great that his blood flowed down his face along with his sweat. At last, he turned to his father and humbly said, "The cup which you have given me, shall I not drink it?"
Resolution made, he rose to his feet and looked into the cup once again. There he saw not only physical suffering, mental torture, severing of fellowship, and death, but he also saw the pouring out of divine wrath.
In obedience to his father, because of his great love for his bride, he drank the contents of her cup.
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