Alas, today is not a good day to write. So, I pulled out of the archive a rather old post, actually two, and dusted them off and smushed them together. May it be a blessing to you…
Thousands of years ago, the Hebrews observed a betrothal of marriage custom that consisted of twelve steps. Much of this custom is still observed today.
According to the custom, a Hebrew father thought it his duty to provide a bride for his son in imitation of God, as Father, Who provided a wife for Adam. He almost always chose the woman from his own clan. Sometimes the father and mother together chose the bride, but only rarely did the parents allow their children to make their own choices.
After all the betrothal steps had been completed, the Law legally bound the man and woman together in covenant and regarded them as husband and wife, as one entity. Though considered married, the covenant forbade them to live together physically until the marriage ceremony.
While the betrothal normally lasted about one year, the bridegroom left to prepare a place for his bride, usually within his father’s compound. During this time, there was no contact between the espoused couple.
Therefore, all communications were made through an intermediary, or as we might think of him, a best man. He was the one who interceded, relaying messages of love from the groom to the bride and from the bride back to the groom. Throughout their relationship, they were entirely devoted to one another, even though distance separated them.
When the bridegroom was finished with the home, he still could not leave to snatch away his bride. He never knew the day or hour for he had to wait until his father gave his approval, saying all was ready and it was time to go.
As the father in the tradition arranged the marriage for his son, God the Father arranged the marriage between His Son and the church as His bride.
Just as the Hebrew couple was considered one unit, the same truth exists when believers accept Christ’s proposal, receiving Him as their Savior and Bridegroom, for they become a part “of His body, of His flesh and of His bones,” (Eph. 5:30b NKJV) as a divine oneness.
Christ went ahead to prepare a place for His Bride within His Father’s compound. He told the disciples, “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.” (John 14:2b-3 NKJV)
When Jesus left this earth, He asked the Father to send another parakletos, meaning another of the same sort as Him, one called to one’s side, an intercessor, advocate, or comforter. This was the friend of the bridegroom or the best man. The Holy Spirit was sent to be the communicator for Him.
Now, the Holy Spirit woos the heart of Christ’s intended, to passionately whisper in Her ear and delicately relay the Bridegroom’s messages of love to Her heart.
Take time to listen. Don’t miss out.
Listen closely for those precious whispers of love from your Beloved Bridegroom.
Blessings of love messages…Lynn