This Series of Rosh Hashanah:The Wedding of the Messiah has 12 Steps
The Selection of the Bride - Step 1
We are taking a deeper look at Rosh HaShanah and the scriptures surrounding this fall feast. Because one of the names for Rosh HaShanah is “the wedding of the Messiah”, this study is about the Jewish wedding ceremony. These customs were given to the Jewish people by God to teach them about the wedding of Messiah. As so often is the case, God is teaching us by painting a picture for us. As I indicated in the last study, there are 12 steps in the customs, service and ceremonies that take place. We will examine them more thoroughly in this two part study. Each step will give a brief description of that part of the Jewish wedding and then we will go on to relate how each step is a foreshadow of the “Wedding of the Messiah”.
Gen 24: 1-7 (NKJV) Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac." And the servant said to him, "Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?" But Abraham said to him, "Beware that you do not take my son back there. The LORD God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, 'To your descendants I give this land,' He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.
Abraham may very well have sent Eliezer to find a wife for Isaac, however his role is that of what is called “friend of the bridegroom”, which we will be looking at next. What we need to see in this account is that Abraham knew that the angel of the Lord would go ahead of Eliezer to select the bride for his son. The angel of the Lord is in Hebrew mal’ak yhwh. Therefore I believe it was Yeshua in His pre-incarnate form that chose Rebekah for Isaac.
In ancient times, as well as today in the Middle East a bride was chosen from within the family blood line and often times the relatives chosen for marriage would be cousins. This was the case with Rebekah and Isaac as well as Jacob and Leah and her sister Rachel.
Rebekah consented to marry Isaac even before she met him. Isaac chose to love his bride and lavished his love upon her and she returned her love to him. In the ancient days love for each other was expected to happen after marriage not before. However, often a young man would fall in love at first sight, which was the case with Jacob when he first saw Rachel.
This then is a picture of God our Father sending the Holy Spirit (His agent) to convict the world to become the bride of the Messiah. We consent in faith to become his bride even though we have not yet met him. His love is so lavished upon us that our natural response is to return our love to him. We love Him because He first loved us.
In His Service,
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The selection of the bride.
The Father of the bridegroom would in most cases select the bride for his son.
He accomplished this task by sending out his agent to find the right woman for his son.
An example of this is found in Genesis where Abraham sends his servant Eliezer to secure a bride for Isaac.