The Hebrew Wedding Traditions
Prophesy the story of Jesus Christ and His Bride (the Church)
It is a story of the love between a groom and his bride. The different aspects of the courtship, betrothal and ultimate marriage portray the deep love Jesus Christ has for the church (His bride). The Jewish people didn’t understand this back in the ancient days. However, Messianic Jews do understand completely.
The believers in Jesus Christ (whether Jews or Gentiles) were bought with a great price. He loved us so very much that He was willing to die for us. We are His. In return…….we adore Him with a great abiding love. Jesus is everything to His bride. She waits for Him to return to her and take her with Him to dwell forever. She prepares herself and adorns herself with purity and holiness. Her eyes see no other but Jesus. She is faithful to her love! How beautiful it will be when Jesus Christ returns in the clouds and calls her to come up to Him! The Lord and His Bride will enjoy the Marriage Supper and celebrate their wedding for seven years. What joy! ____________________________________________________________
Below are the Hebrew traditions (given by God) and their prophetic meaning in the story of Jesus Christ and His Bride!
Shiddukhin – The selection of the bride. In the old days, the father chose the bride. God the Father chose the people that would accept His Son. They are the Bride of Christ.
Ephsians 1:4-5 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.
______________________________________________________________________ Mohar – The bride price. The groom pays a price for his true love. She has great value to him. Jesus paid the ultimate price for His Bride (the Church). He died for her!
1 Peter 1:18-19: “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from our aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” I Corinthians 6:10-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
_________________________________________________________________ Ketubah – The Engagement – The engagement was so binding that it took a religious divorce to end it. Only the groom could do this. What Takes Place During the Engagement: 1. The Ketubah (marriage contract) is presented by the groom to the bride. This contract contains all of the groom’s promises to her. She holds this dear in her heart. Jesus made a covenant (contract) with His Bride. He sealed the contract with His own blood! The word of God tells of the promises that the Bride of Christ can claim as hers! _____________________________________________________________ 2. The Bride’s Consent is given. The marriage contract is entered into by both groom and bride. She only has to accept Him as Her groom. The Bride of Christ accepts Him as their Lord, Savior and Husband. We happily agree to the marriage contract with Jesus! ________________________________________________________________________ 3. The Cup of the Covenant. A cup of wine is shared to seal the marriage covenant. The next cup of wine will be shared at the Marriage Ceremony. Jesus drank a cup of wine with His disciples at the Last Supper. He was sealing His marriage covenant with His Bride. He said He would not drink of the cup again until He was reunited with us!
Matthew 26:29 Jesus said, “I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”
4. Matan – Bridal Gift. The groom has to go away to prepare their new home together. He gives his betrothed a valuable gift to show her how much he loves her. This gift can remind the bride-to-be of how much her future husband loves her and that he WILL return for her. The Bride of Christ is given many gifts by Jesus! The gift of eternal salvation, the gift of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, and many more! ________________________________________________________________________ 5. Mikveh – Ritual Immersion. Both the groom and the bride went through an immersion in water that signified spiritual cleansing. Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and then His ministry became official. His bride follows Him in baptism to testify to the world of her death to sin and that she has been reborn in Jesus! __________________________________________________________________ 6. Departure of the Groom. The groom leaves His Bride-to-Be and goes to prepare a place for her at His father’s house. No one knows when He will return for his bride except the groom’s father. Jesus left us and went to heaven to prepare a place for us there. He said no one knew the day or hour of His return except the Father.
Matthew 9:15 Jesus said, “Can the friends of the Bridegroom mourn as long as the Bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the Bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.” John 14:2: “I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2-3 Jesus said “In My Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
7. The Bride Waits for the Groom’s Return. The bride prepares her wedding clothes and other things she will need for her marriage. She waits for her true love, pines for him and remains faithful.
The Bride of Christ waits for Jesus to come for her in the clouds! She adorns herself with good deeds and faithfulness to Him. She loves Him and waits eagerly for His return!
8. Huppah – The Hometaking. The groom returns unexpectedly for his bride. He takes her back to His father’s home. They spend seven days alone in their wedding chamber He has prepared for her. The Huppah is a canopy signifying the wedding chamber in more recent times.
Jesus will return soon for His bride. He will call her with a shout to meet Him in the clouds. Together they go to their wedding chamber for seven years. The Bride of Christ will dwell there in the love and safety of the Lord. This will be during the time of the seven-year Tribulation. That will be a time of great sorrow and destruction for the world below!
Isaiah 26:20-21 “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.”
I Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.
9. The Marriage Feast. After the seven days alone…..the groom and his bride join their guests for a wedding feast. It is a great celebration with food, music and dancing.
The Lord Jesus (the Lamb of God) and His Bride will celebrate their marriage feast! It is called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
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: ‘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.'”
Read here to learn more about the Church as the Bride of Christ! Suggested Reading: The Song of Solomon _________________________________________________________________________