Throughout the gospels, the kingdom of God is compared to several things. It is like a seed sown in a field, leaven that spreads imperceptibly, hidden treasure that must be discovered, a pearl of great price that has been purchased, and a king who came to settle accounts. Central to the theme of this class, Jesus also said that “the kingdom of heaven is like…a wedding” (Matt. 22:2, NIV). Among the many metaphors of the kingdom, we see that the kingdom of God is also like a marriage arranged by our heavenly Father for His Son. This session sets the stage for the bridal paradigm in the scriptures and establishes the idea of the believer as a bride for Christ as a central theme of Scripture.