“Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
(Rev. 21:9 NIV)
When I became ill with fibromyalgia in 2000, the Lord whispered to my heart six months later to write for Him. I have tried my best to do that.
At that time, the Lord led me to research and write on the ancient Hebrew betrothal custom. If you will allow me, I will take you on a journey of discovery to experience the remarkable parallel of how the twelve steps of betrothal correlate to the life of a Christian.
Each step in the process provides insight and inspiration for the pilgrimage to completeness in Christ, revealing how to live the Bride-kind of life.
We’ll journey down the bridal path of the twelve steps and discover a sacred custom that holds profound, spiritual significance for those believing in the coming Messiah.
I pray you will be encouraged, nourished, and blessed. And not miss any. They are so important to our understanding.
So, strap yourself in and let’s go…
Thousands of years ago, the ancient Hebrews originated a betrothal custom consisting of twelve basic steps. Little did they know each step of the process would hold a spiritual application.
From the opening pages of the Bible, God relates to His people in a closeness of companionship so intimate that He compares it to a marriage relationship, for He said, “For your Maker is your Husband.” (Is. 54:5a Ampc)
And in the intervening pages, this thought grew, for the Father sent His Son as the heavenly Bridegroom to woo the heart of the perfect Bride into holy oneness with Himself.
In the closing pages, the relationship has remained paramount. During his latter days, while on the isle of Patmos, the disciple John received a vision from God, which he recorded and, at one point, exclaimed, “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.” (Rev. 19:7 NKJV)
But are we making ourselves ready?
If Jesus died to present the Church-bride to Himself as “a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:27 NKJV), then is she wrinkled and blemished?
When the heavenly Bridegroom comes for His Bride, will she be dressed in an old rag, spotted with worldly residue? Or will she be a Bride beautifully dressed for her Husband in a spotless gown of holiness?
And how’s the Bride’s behavior? Is she a sullen, cranky Bride? Does she behave as though she were betrothed to her Beloved?
Not only crabby, the Bride is also rapidly falling apart. Her eyes have grown dim to right and wrong. She no longer hears all that is said to her. Her mind has fuzzy thoughts. She walks a little crooked. Well, a lot crooked. And her heart? Unfortunately, her heart is divided. *
What are we doing to keep ourselves pure and holy, ready for our Bridegroom to carry us across that heavenly threshold? Will He radiate with delight in us, His Bride?
What do we need to do to ensure we live as the holy Bride?
As we travel along this bridal path, we will discover what God desires of us to be holy before Him.
Are you staying pure for your Beloved Bridegroom?
May you be blessed in the discovery of these spiritual insights…Lynn
*Don’t forget. You are welcome to download my favorite part that was in the book, Ruth: A Story of Redemption. Such a beautiful story. I know you will enjoy it. And if you do, please let me know. I would appreciate the feedback.