In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
This psalms starts with: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Ps. 19:1). Creation reveals the glory of Christ. Paul wrote: “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Rom. 1:20).
Many times Jesus would use earthly illustrations–parables–to teach heavenly truths. Also, the law with all its parts and sacrifices was “but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities” (Heb. 10:1). What does that have to do with today’s verse?
In Malachi Jesus is referred to as “the sun of righteousness,” which “shall rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2). How good and pleasant is the sun! It’s an excellent source of vitamin D. As a general rule, people are far less depressed in a sunny climate than in a gloomy one. Does today’s verse has any correlation with Jesus? Does the sun declare anything about the Son?
While not necessarily pressing it too far, the sun is likened to “a bridegroom leaving his chamber,” and, “like a strong man,” running “its course with joy.” Many people “worship” the sun for its obvious blessing and benefit. Their day is either made or broken by the clear and bright shining of the sun. If the sun is a small indicator of the Son, how much more excellent is He! What mind-boggling devastation comes crushing down on the minds of men when they finally realize that the Son is infinitely more excellent and pleasant than the sun.
The sun is a small expression of the Son. However, it’s more than enough to look forward with anticipation till Jesus leaves His “tent” and comes for His bride.
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