Monday, January 12, 2009

We Walk with Him

We Walk with Him

Isn't God wonderful? I mean the more I learn about Him in his Word, I am so utterly amazed. Last night at church we had a guest speaker- a minister to Israel and through his work with the hebrews there he shared about the traditional Jewish wedding traditions and how they relate to scripture pertaining to the Bridegroom/ bride theme. The bridegroom decides to take a bride so he goes to her father and sets a bride price. Then he goes to her and discusses the bride price, but also establishes her rights with her then he offers her a cup from the vine to drink a covenant with her- this is the formal proposal. He then gives her a special gift- something which will make her the best bride she can possibly be.
Then there is a time of separation as he goes to build a home for them. During this time she is responsible to learn as much about her bridegoom as she can, trying ever to improve herself to be a wonderful bride and she is to keep tabs on when the bridegroom might be ready to call her unto himself. She will send friends out to check on the building of their new home. For just at the moment the new home is finished the bridegroom will come in the night and snatch her unto himself. He with a lighted torch will come right outside the house and call her to come out and meet him and then they will go off together. Now his torch will not be large enough to light the way back, so she will be ready due to her spytaking and will be waiting with her lamp filled so they will have plenty of light for the return trip. When they arrive in their new home there will be a great 7 day feast of celebration for the marriage couple. The bridegroom's father will have invited guests from near and far.
There are so many spiritual truths in this tradition it astounds me.
The brideprice is Jesus's death on the cross~ a ransome for His bride.
The cup ~he offered to his disciples in the Upper room and again later that night, He besought His Father in agony saying, "let this cup pass from me, but neverthe less..."
The gift is His Holy Spirit which he gave to make us the best bride we can be.
The separation is His ascension when He said, "I go to prepare a place for you, but I will return and draw you unto myself that where I am you may be also."
He is right now preparing mansions in heaven for His bride!WOW!!
The bride should be studying the Word learning about her betroved, looking at the signs of the times looking for and anxiously awaiting the return of the groom. Her lamp should be filled with oil as she waits. The oil is the evidence of her anointing- kingdom awareness and life she has been living in anticipation for the return of her groom. Growing in holiness and deep communion with her lover through the Holy Spirit. Many of her friends' lamps who wait with her will not be filled and when they rush out to refill their their lamps they will miss the bridegroom's coming. For He will come as a thief in the night. He will stop short of the door and call out to His bride and she will meet Him in the air. The question is: do we keep our lamp filled with oil? are we striving to know the bridegroom more. Will we expectantly be ready when He comes. It may be sooner than we think!
Oh, who will the guests be? Abraham, Isaac, Moses, David, to name just a few!

4 comments:

  1. Wow! Thank you for sharing this - I got the chills - and no it wasn't the snow :o)

    I put your post on the Mr.Linky for today my dear - have a great one!
    http://scrappingservant.blogspot.com/2009/01/therefore-repent-and-live.html

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  2. Her lamp should be filled with oil as she waits. The oil is the evidence of her anointing- kingdom awareness and life she has been living in anticipation for the return of her groom. Growing in holiness and deep communion with her lover through the Holy Spirit.
    amen amen amen..this is SO powerful...

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  3. What a lovely lesson. Thank you for sharing.
    Roberta Anne

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  4. I enjoyed reading this post and am enjoying your blog! Looking forward to my next visit.

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