Evening, October 6, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“He had married an Cushite woman.” — Numbers 12:1

It was a unexpected choice of Moses to marry a foreigner, and one dark skinned, but how much more unexpected is the choice of him who is a prophet likened to Moses, and greater than he! Our Lord, who is pure and fair as the lily, has entered into marriage union with one who confesses herself to have a darkened heart, burned by sin as the sun burns the skin. It is the wonder of angels that the love of Jesus should be set upon poor, lost, guilty men. Each believer must, when filled with a sense of Jesus’ love, be also overwhelmed with astonishment that such love should be lavished on an object so utterly unworthy of it. Knowing as we do our secret guiltiness, unfaithfulness, and dark nature, we are softened in grateful admiration of the matchless liberty and sovereignty of grace. Jesus must have found the source of his love in his own heart; he could not have found it in us, for it is not there. Even since our conversion we have been unsightly and dark-hearted, though grace has made us attractive. The godly Samuel Rutherford said of himself what we must each subscribe to: “His relation to me is, that I am sick, and he is the Physician of whom I stand in need. Alas! how often I play fast and loose with Christ! He binds, I loose; he builds, I cast down; I quarrel with Christ, and he harmonizes with me twenty times a day!” Oh, most tender and faithful Husband of our souls, pursue your gracious work of conforming us to your image, until you shall present even us poor foreigners to yourself, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing. Moses met with opposition because of his marriage, and both himself and his spouse were the subjects of an evil eye. Should we be surprised that this proud world opposes Jesus and his spouse, and especially when great sinners are converted? For this is always the Pharisee’s ground of objection, “This man receives sinners.” Even still is the old cause of quarrels revived, “Because he had married an Cushite woman.”