Welcome back for the 3rd part of the series “The bride and her covenant”
In this portion we will complete the 12 steps as well as taking a look back over each of them briefly.
11. The bridegroom would return and it was generally in the middle of the night. He would claim the bride and they would go to the bridal chamber where the marriage would be consummated. They will stay in that wedding chamber for seven days and at the end of the seven days, the bride and groom will come out from the wedding chamber. When the bride and the groom initially went into the wedding chamber, the friend of the bridegroom stood outside the door. All the assembled guests of the wedding gathered outside waiting on the friend of the bridegroom, our current day ‘best man’ to announce the consummation of the marriage which was relayed to him by the groom.
John 3:29 “The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands by and listens for him, rejoices greatly when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my joy, and it is complete.”
The validity of the bride’s virginity and her purity was confirmed as well as her faithfulness was found to be complete. This will be ours to insure as we wait upon the return of the bridegroom Jesus. There are others that will be in attendance, the guests, they too are to have their preparedness for the grooms return. We see this with the 10 virgins, some had the oil and some did not.
Matthew 25:10-12 “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.”
The “church” today says that the requirements of Torah are done away, yet the scripture clearly shows that there will be those that are turned away for their disobedience to the Word of God.
Revelation 14:12 bears witness to this fact, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” The word for ‘saints’ here is G40 ἅγιος hagios and it means ‘clean’, ‘blameless’ and ‘Redeemed Kinsman’ this is the role of those who want to be found in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Further confirmation can be seen in Revelation 12:17 “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Here we see that Satan is sooooo irate with the people that adhere to the Torah that he declares war on them. This should be the goal of all believers…. To be so focused on the things of God that Satan declares you an avowed enemy!
Now then, before you derail the train here over the “613 laws”, please note that we will discover these in another teaching. Just know for now this; there are within those instructions, ones that are just for men, ones just for women, ones just for the Levites, ones just for farmers and ones just for keepers of livestock and so on.
We have to stop looking at these as “laws” with penalties and start looking at them as instructions from a loving father to protect his children. Who would send their 10 yr old out into the neighborhood without instructing them to get their shoes on, or put on sunscreen, or use the mosquito repellant before heading out. How about looking both ways before crossing the street, or, wearing your helmet while biking?
This is the exact meaning of the “613 laws”, they are instructions on living well with each other and for protecting them from disease or death. Following scripture we can see that 2 or 3 witnesses establish a matter, Deuteronomy 19:15 and Matthew 18:16.
Finally as our 3rd witness to the matter of keeping the instructions of God, we see Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” This city is the New Jerusalem or what we have labeled Heaven.
Now for step 12. The Wedding Supper.
This was an incredible feast started at the announcement of the consummated marriage. This too would last for several days, after which the bride and groom would go to their forever home.
Isaiah 2:2 tells us where that home is, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills and all nations shall flow unto it.”
Also we find in Hebrews 12:22 “But you are come unto the Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels.”
Lastly as a third witness we see Revelation 21:9-10 “Then one of the seven angels … saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb!” So he took me away in the Spirit to a huge, majestic mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.”
The goal of every professed Christian I have ever met was:
1. to be like Jesus. To do that one must follow the instructions as he did this very thing.
1 Peter 2:21-22 “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth”
1 John 3:4 “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness (void of Torah); indeed, sin is lawlessness. (living without Torah)
2. They are trying to get to Heaven and abide with YHWH.
We just heard Rev. 22.14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
Recalling the moment my bride walked down the aisle, my heart beating out of my chest, her eyes like deer in the headlights. About a third of the way up the aisle we make eye contact and the smiling face and sparkle of her eyes returns. My heart briefly stops and then proceeds to melt. The collective “ahhh” emanates across the room from the guests as the most beautiful gal on the planet floats towards me.
A few days later I would discover the entire time my wife and her father were in the back of the church waiting, as well as the trip down the aisle, he was cracking jokes and it was all she could do to keep a straight face. It probably wasn’t until my own daughter was born that I realized how much that moment was bearing down on my soon to be father-in-law. The fear of my failing her, the uncertainty of our futures all at risk with this unknown and untested young fellow.
1 Peter 1:7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
This is my hope for you, that you will be ready for the glorious Day of the Lord. That these 12 steps of the wedding will move you to seek out the truth of YHWHs word.
Luke 12:35 tells us “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning.”
Are you entering into your relationship to YHVH willing to separate yourself from the world? I am not talking about working for your salvation, I am saying, are you willing to follow the marriage covenant of YHVH? Saying yes to Yeshua for salvation is the engagement, walking out the commitment and living the rest of your life in His house is the marriage.