The bride’s veil of holiness. To separate. To consecrate.
Veiling the bride was part of the Hebrew betrothal tradition.
At some point in the marriage process, the veiling of the bride took place. Sources differ as to when it took place with some saying it occurred at the time the groom left to build their home.
After the signing of the ketubbah, the groom stood in front of his bride, gazed into her face, and confirmed her as the woman chosen for him to marry.
He then lowered a veil over her face, and said, “Our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of myriads.” This is the blessing bestowed upon Rebecca by her family when she departed to marry Isaac.
Called bedecken or badecken, the veiling marked the bride’s modesty and subjection to her lord, her husband.
The veiling custom was established and symbolic of the story of Jacob. Laban, Leah and Rachel’s father, deceived Jacob into marrying Leah instead of Rachel, Jacob’s true love. So, to avoid this kind of misfortune again, this custom arose. Some resources say he placed a full-length veil over the bride’s entire body.
Some sources also say that the bride kept herself veiled the entire time the bridegroom was away, which proclaimed her espousal and was a sign of commitment and consecration to her bridegroom.
During that time, her behavior was to be above reproach. She lived in a state of purity and preparation for the day of her snatching away. Living according to her marriage agreement, the ketubbah, she behaved in a Godly manner.
The Bride’s veil of holiness. To separate. To consecrate.
Likewise, as the Bride of Christ, we are, in essence, veiled or separated unto the Lord, displaying our modesty and subjection to our Lord, our Husband.
If we live in agreement with our ketubbah, the Word, we will keep ourselves separated from the way of the world by living a Godly lifestyle that honors our Bridegroom.
As Paul quoted, “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” (2 Cor. 6:17 NKJV)
Holiness is not an option, for without it, we will not see the Lord, as Hebrews tells us, “Seek to live a clean and holy life, for one who is not holy will not see the Lord.” (Heb. 12:14 TLB) And as God said, “For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy.” (Lev. 11:44a NKJV)
Purity is more than just sexual piety; it involves all areas of our lives.
Though God fills us with His holiness through Christ’s salvation, the upkeep of holiness depends solely, and soully, upon us. Paul persuades us to “Pursue a godly life” (1 Tim. 6:11a NLT), for “God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.” (1 Thess. 4:7 NKJV)
If we live according to the Word, we will continually flush ourselves of impurities. Therefore, Paul says, “Dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Cor. 7:1 NKJV)
God made each of us as a precious being with a body, soul, and spirit needing special care. His intention was that we preserve the purity of our minds, hearts, and bodies, protecting them from anything that would harm the integrity of His creation. It was His gift to each of us.
How hard do we work to keep ourselves from inappropriate contaminants that throw mud on our purity?*
Are we willing as the Word says, “Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the Lord?”
(1 Chron. 29:5 NKJV)
Therefore, let us “Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, that He may bestow on you a blessing this day.”
(Ex. 32:29a NKJV)
May you stay pure for the love of your life, your Beloved Lord and future Husband… Lynn
If you’d like to follow the series:
Come…I will show you the Bride
The Bride of Choice
The Price of the Bride
Two bound together as one
that which is written
Being Called by That Name
What is the Bridegroom’s Gift?
And the Bridegroom Departed
The Bride Needed Cleansing