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 presence.
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 of Messiah has also been purchased:
very high Mohar was paid for us" the blood
of Y'shua 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,
Da'at: Is the consent literally means -
"I do" Gen.
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
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
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)
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 come.
Other cited references are to Jamie and Neil Lash’s televised series on "The Jewish Wedding:"
Jewish Jewels. 2000.