Children of the Bridechamber asks the question of how can anyone be sad or be fasting when the bridegroom is actually in the room? There seems to be a time to eat and drink...and another time to fast.
The "imagination" is a whole world
inside the mind...
Parables are powerful "word-pictures" that are meant to be engrafted
into our thinking...as mental pictures do control our thought-life.
where the "imagination" gets involved. The imagination allows mental exploration of the past,
present, future. It is the ability to see pictures and images in the
"movie theater" of the mind. The imagination is the "workshop" of the
human mind. It is the only thing in the world we have complete control
over. That's why GOD takes great interest of what goes on there, and judges what we allow to grow there - Genesis 6.5
"Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
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."
We need to learn to adapt
We must always be willing to change what we always do, in order to be considerate and adaptable in each occasion
Be careful of complaining about what others do or are not doing - when we may not have all the facts of what and why something is happening...
Certain events, like a wedding here, may require a review - are we willing to change so we may participate in the joy of His presence?
Children of the Bridechamber
Not everything continues on the same schedule we may be used to. We can miss our best use of time and talent and prayer, if we are unwilling to adapt.
Be aware of what is legitimately happening around us especially when we are to be aware of the presence of the Lord in the midst...
old or established way or acts of religious activity can sometimes find
it hard to accept anything new or unknown, "Why do your disciples NOT
fast? Could this attitude be construed as being legalistic?
We have an inbuilt or inherent resistance to change what what we
love and feel comfortable with - even if we know that the new might be
Fasting still has a part in a well ordered life - but to boast on it and complain when others are not fasting, seems to be almost judgmental... the "we fast, you don't!" accusation.
The message brought by Jesus is one of joy and freedom. Fasting may be inappropriate at a special times and occasions. Such as in this wedding setting...