What does the ancient Jewish wedding have to do with you, a believer in Jesus? Jesus the Bridegroom is coming again for His Bride and He has given the ancient Jewish wedding as a picture of His return!
In this message, I will discuss what the ancient Jewish wedding is all about and what it means for you, the believer!
Jesus the Bridegroom
Throughout scripture, Jesus is illustrated for us as a Bridegroom coming for His Bride. This is no accident or coincidence.
The ancient Jewish wedding is a beautiful and poignant picture for us of not only Jesus’ love for us but His plan to return for us.
And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. ESV
Who is the Bride in the Bible?
The Hebrew word for Bride is “Kallah” and the Bible refers to the Church as the Bride of Christ.
The Bible makes multiple references to us as the Bride:
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Revelation 19:7-9 NIV
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 2 Corinthians 11:2 NIV
For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth. Isaiah 54:5 NKJV
So we, as believers, are His Bride. But WHY the reference to a Bride and Groom?
Jesus the Bridegroom – You’re Betrothed
In the audio below, you will learn about the betrothal process and what that truly entailed.
You will learn that a marriage was in fact legally binding upon betrothal and the couple entered into a covenant relationship with each other at that time. Once a couple was betrothed, the only way to break that engagement was with a legally permitted divorce.
Jesus our Bridegroom has entered into a betrothal stage with His Bride!
Jesus the Bridegroom Goes to Prepare a Place for You
Yeshua our Bridegroom has gone to prepare a place for us!
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. ESV
Find out how this statement Jesus made is full of so much meaning to those He spoke it to.
You will learn exactly why this one statement He makes was so meaningful to His followers, who were Jewish men. They understood the context of which He was speaking!
Jesus our Bridegroom is in Heaven right this moment preparing a place for His Bride. The timeline of this preparation and the time spent with Him at His return is covered in this audio message.
Jesus the Bridegroom and Our Covenant With God
You will learn about the Ketubah or marriage contract and how God the Father and Jesus our Bridegroom have covenanted with us in much the same way it was done in the ancient marriage.
The Bible is our Ketubah! It is our marriage contract with Jesus! It outlines what He will do for us and what He expects from us, just like the Jewish Ketubah!
Jesus the Bridegroom – Gifts of the Spirit
You will learn the significance of the Gifts of the Spirit and how Jesus the Bridegroom gives us His gifts as part of His marriage contract with us.
In the ancient Jewish wedding, upon betrothal the Bride receives gifts from her Bridegroom!
We have been given the gifts of the Spirit! When we accept Yeshua into our lives, when we accept His “proposal”, He then gives us these gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. ESV
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
When Jesus the Bridegroom returns for His Bride and brings her to Himself, there will be great celebrations in Heaven, not unlike the marriage supper that occurs with the ancient Jewish wedding.
However, before that celebration takes place, the Bridegroom and his Bride are sequestered away for a time to become acquainted with each other and formally consummate their union.
You will learn more about this time!
I pray this blesses you and if you would like to see a more in depth message on the topic, please comment below!
Jesus the Bridegroom and the Ancient Jewish Wedding – Audio Message
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