Getting Hitched… part 1
Much controversy has been made over the topic of marriage and who has the right to be married. I see so many people posting on social media about their own situations, mostly being alone and wanting desperately to share their life with another.Having been married now for more than 24 years to the same gal I feel like I know a little about it. She may say differently…wink wink. YHVH knows all about marriage.
The “theme” of the Bible can be directly related to marriage, from the joining of Adam & Eve, to the covenant at Mt. Saini and finally at the Revelation when Jesus returns for His bride. Jesus manifests his first miracle at the wedding in Cana and His two most significant parables are about weddings.
We know that Yeshua represents the perfect husband. Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”. So what does the role of the bride look like. Genesis 25 tells us of the story of Rebecca and it examples the bride that Yeshua is seeking.
Parallels in this Chapter: Abraham ~ YHVH, Servant/Eliezar ~ Holy Spirit, Isaac ~ Yeshua, Rebecca ~ the bride of Christ, 10 camels ~ 10 tribes of Israel, Laban & Rebecca family ~ much of Christendom. This will help to example the difference in being the bride of Christ to that of the wedding guest.
Lets look at the parable of the 10 virgins and the difference between getting the invitation and actually going into the ceremony.
Matthew 25:1-12 “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”
When we look at the image of a lamp we must consider Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” As we know from John 1:1 “word” has two meanings: both revealing Jesus. The vessel of the human body must contain both “words”, that being, the Holy Spirit by way of Salvation through Jesus Christ and the written word or Torah. This combination makes the scripture “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” become manifest.
If we do not possess both versions of the “word” then we are left without oil and thus without light and moreover we are outside the door. That door is the most important of all doors according to Revelation 3:8-10 “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied [contradict] my name. [character] Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews [true believers], and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep [guard] thee from the hour of temptation [tests and trials], which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”
By verse 9 we see the instructions of Abraham to Eliezer and the oath to carry out those instructions. “And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.”
What does this “hand under the thigh mean”? …this is a Hebrew idiom; and it is referring to Abraham’s genitals. It is in the male genitals that the sign of the covenant with YHVH is carried; that being circumcision. Genesis 17:11 “And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.” It has been less than 40 years since this covenant was established and as such it is very much in their memory. This odd action is seen as petitioning the power and presence of God as the One who created the covenant, and also the One who guarantees the oath.