There have been a few times I have asked a family member to tell me a word to write about it. Usually a word is all it takes. I can go on and on about the simplest words. From bus to violin, from dish to ice, a simple word will lead to a devotional that I pass on to others. This week I asked my son for a word, he said, "the." There was no interest in actually assisting me in my writing. "The" was just the first word that came to mind. No effort had been put forth to think of "the." I myself got nothing from the effortless thought of the word "the" and forgot about it. The next day, I asked someone else in my family to give me a word to write about, he said, "the." Since two people told me the same word, I decided I should think of "the" and what God would have me write about it.
The word "the" is defined by Webster as a definite article used as a function word to indicate that a following nor or noun equivalent is definite or has been perviously specified by context or by circumstance. The word "the" has a specific function in our language and is definitely used a lot by all of us.
I didn't get a whole lot from the definition other than thinking we all have specific purposes. I thought God might say, "Thee should do as I say definitely." With that it occurred to me there is another "the." The the "the" which I perhaps should have been thinking of was "thee." It certainly sounded more like devotional material. Thee sounded Biblical even.
The word thee can be found in the Bible 2,736 times. It is found the first time in Genesis 3 and the last time in Revelation 21. In Genesis God asked Adam, the first man, "who told thee, thou wast naked?" In Revelation, John was told in his vision, " I will shew thee the bride, the lamb's wife."
So it seems the first and last "thee" in the Bible were in some way, directly or indirectly, related to a bride.
When Adam answered God, he told Him, that the woman, Eve, his bride, which God had given him, had given him fruit from the tree of life and he ate "the" whole thing. When John was told to come and he would be shown the bride of Christ, he went to a high mountain and beheld God's glory.
The first time "thee" was used in the Bible led to a man, Adam, being removed from the garden, from the fullness of God's glory. The last time "thee" was used led to a man, John, beholding God's glory.
We each have a definite purpose. We should long to be in the presence of God and behold His glory.
Some day Jesus is going to return for His bride. Will we be found ashamed and naked, or will we be found ready to behold all of His glory?
The choice is ours. I pray 'me 'and "thee" will be found ready.