The Jewish Wedding
The core chapter is Genesis 24 which contains many types and shadows of Messiah as the bridegroom of the church. But we must also study the Jewish wedding for the full picture.
5.25 Paul first explains this relationship.
Abraham sends a trusted servant (Eliezer) to find the bride.
is a type of the Holy Spirit. The HS is at work wooing and drawing
the bride to the bridegroom. He is the one who nudges our hearts as he
did with Rebekah. Becoming a believer depends on our being wooed. We are
pursued by the lord for quite awhile before we begin to acknowledge his
Genesis 24. In this chapter will be found many types and shadows of Messiah as the bridegroom of the Church. But we must also study the Jewish wedding for a full picture.
What standout scriptures are found in Genesis
What types are readily apparent to you? Notice all of the actions of
Rebekah and see if you can see Rebekah as a type of the church?
1 John 4.19 We love the bridegroom because
He first loved us and chose us.
Mohar: The price paid for the bride" money was paid to the
father as well as to the bride.
The Bride of Messiah has also been purchased:
very high Mohar was paid for us" the blood of Yeshua himself. The
bridegroom wrestled with that price in the Garden of Gethesemane"
- -"Father do you know what they are asking for her" (Jamie
Lash). 1 Cor. 7.23 Phil.2.5 Lk 22.19-20
(Jesus mentions the Bride Price) 1
Peter 1.18 Hebrews
12.2 Jesus paid the price for: The joy that was set before him.The
joy of seeing each one of us redeemed.
The Betrothal Ceremony
The B'rit Kidushin: The Betrothal is for 12 months during this time the bride is set apart for sanctification and beautification. This engagement covenant is binding and they are considered legally married except for the union. At The Betrothal ceremony a Ketubah was presented to the father.
The Ketubah: Ketubah comes from - -"kadosh" meaning holy. The B'rit Kidushin is holy. This contract is altogether in favor of the bride. The bridegroom promises to work for, honor, support and maintain his bride in truth, provide food, clothing, necessities and to live with her after the ceremony. The bride is promised that she will be cared for in every way. All of her needs will be fulfilled by the bridegroom. This contract is read and signed before 2 witnesses if the Bride agrees.
The Holy Scriptures are Our Wedding Document.
Matt. 6.28" Phil 4.19 Look at any scripture and know that the scripture is the holy covenant and inalienable right of the believer. - -"God is not a man that He should lie." He will never break the covenant. This Ketubah was read publicly. Today, the reading of our Ketubah takes place during Christian services.
ketubah elevated the woman to a new status in society. Our Ketubah gives
us rights and privileges that are found in no other religion or philosophy.
Why would we reject our heavenly Ketubah, our holy scriptures, the Bible?
Da'at: Is the consent literally means - "I do"
may say the following and thereby give your consent or da'at:
1st cup of the Covenant
The blessing of the cup of wine is an important element of the ancient and modern Jewish wedding. The Bride and groom share the cup, symbolizing the shared life that would be theirs. A second cup of wine will be shared many months later. This is the cup of joy! According to Mayim Hayim, this cup is lifted UP in the right hand (signifying power) and parallels the forthcoming lifting up of Jesus on the cross.
Luke 22.30 - -"Likewise He also took the cup after supper saying, this cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you." Yeshua and His disciples were celebrating the anniversary of God's wedding to Israel (the Exodus). He is telling them that the New Marriage Covenant (the one promised in Jeremiah 31) would be sealed in his blood. Yeshua and His disciples drank from a common cup in an upper room in Jerusalem. They became one as they drank wine together.
When we partake of that cup at the Lord's Seder (communion) we remember our Heavenly Bridegroom, the mohar paid for us, and our covenental relationship with Yeshua. Just as two cups of wine were used as part of the ancient Jewish wedding, the second at the actual homemaking of the bride, Messiah's bride will one day drink a cup with Yeshua in person at the second part of our marriage ceremony. Matt 26.29
Until that day we have the communion cup to remind of our covenant with our Heavenly Bridegroom. We are to remember his love more than wine. Song 1.4 We need to drink often of the cup and remember our engagement to the king of Kings.
Gifts: begin to flow even before the da'at and the betrothal. Gen.
24.53 We have already studied the gifts of the Spirit. The Holy
Spirit is the great gift that Jesus gave to us during our betrothal
period as we wait for his return (2 Peter 3.3).
James 1.16" Cor. 12, Romans 12.
Chadar: The departure of the groom: After the Betrothal Ceremony,
the groom left to prepare the Chadar (chamber).The bridegroom in ancient
Israel left his beloved to go to his father's house to prepare a Chadar.
1. Israel returned as a nation in 1948.
Hebrew bride (Ka'lah in Hebrew) was set apart, consecrated, separated
from her bridegroom while he was away preparing her wedding chamber.
Bridegrooms return: The Trump of God
The Second Cup:
Isaiah 26:20-21 tells us of this time: "Come my people, enter our chambers and shut the door behind you, hide yourself as it were, for a little moment until the indignation is past. For behold the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity." While the wrath of God is poured out on the earth, the bride of Christ will be hidden away with her Bridegroom.
Revelation 19:6-9: "And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, 'Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.' Then he said to me, Write: &lsquo"Blessed are those who are called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!' And he said to me 'These are the true sayings of God.'"
like the ancient Jewish wedding, there will be shouts of joy and dancing.
The time of the second cup will be a time of great joy. Our intimacy
with our heavenly bridegroom is complete and eternal. The Bride will
dance for joy with her Bridegroom/King, Yeshua. (Jesus) We will rule
and reign with Him for 1,000 years during the millennium! For those
of us who look forward to the marriage supper of the Lamb, we must go
out to the highways and byways and extend an invitation to others to
From Marvin R. Wilson: “In modern
Hebrew, nissu’in is one of the several words translated “marriage.”
Nissu’in and the related form nasu, “married,” derive from the verb
“nasa, “to lift up”, “to bear,.” “to carry.” Nissu’in suggests exactly
the opposite of putting someone down. Indeed, marriage is graphically
portrayed as lifting the other up. This concept is beautifully dramatized
at traditional Jewish Weddings. After the wedding ceremony, the bride
and groom are lifted up on chairs by their guests to the accompaniment
of exuberant singing and dancing. Furthermore,’nissu’in recalls a period
in Jewish history when the people of a town would carry (nasa) the bride
on a carriage from the home of her parents to her new home with her
groom” (Our Father Abraham. Erdmans: 1989, p. 213).