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1Nurturing the Nations Reclaiming the Dignity of Women in Building Healthy Cultures The Wedding ofthe Lamb
2The Bible is NuptialAll of human history will consummate in the Wedding of the Lamb.Creation began with the wedding of the Man and his Counterpart.The end of history will be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords marrying His eternal Counterpart.
4The Ultimate Wedding“…our God is a God who pays meticulous attention to detail, who fulfills according to what He has established, who was willing to pay an inconceivably high price to secure a Bride for His Son, and who will not fail to send His Son back to reclaim His Beloved.”Bill RiskThe Ultimate Wedding ibid Risk; pg 1/23
5Seven Elements of a Hebrew Wedding Shiddukhin: The MatchMohar: The Bride PriceMattan: Love GiftsShiluhim: DowryKetabah: The Marriage ContractKiddushin: The BetrothalNissuuin: The Nuptials
6Shiddukhin: The MatchThe Key Idea: The first step of the Jewish wedding was the arrangement.The Hebrew Custom: The father of the groom usually initiated the Shiddukin with the father of the bride (Genesis 34:3-6).The Implications for the Wedding of the Lamb: The Father initiated the proceedings (John 3:16a; 4: 34; 17:4).
8Mohar: The Bride PriceThe Key Idea: the “bridal payment” from the father of the groom to the father of the bride; it was required by lawThe Hebrew Custom: Reflected the value of the bride (Genesis 34:12; Exodus 22:16; 1 Sam; 18:25)The Implications: The Mohar of the Father was the life of His son (John 3:16)The price was required by the Law (Romans 8:3,4)The price was paid as required (1 Cor. 6:20; 1 Peter 1: 18)
10Mattan: Love GiftsThe Key Idea: a “gift” from the groom to the bride; it was a gift of the heart, a romantic expression of love.The Hebrew Custom: There were no laws that governed this practice because it was a gift of love.The Implications:The bride is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)Eternal life (John 10:22-28)The commitment to do anything for His Bride (John 14:13-14)Shalom peace (John 14:27)
11Shiluhim: DowryThe Key Idea: the “parting gifts” given by the bride’s father to his daughter.The Hebrew Custom: The father’s dowry was to help the bride to be equipped to begin her new home and life.The Implications: The Father has given gifts to the Church:The Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17; Ephesians 1:13-14) andSpiritual Gifts (2 Cor. 1:22-23)
13Ketubah: The Marriage Contract The Key Idea: A written document testifying to the Mohar, the rights of the bride and the pledge of the groom.The Hebrew Custom: God married the nation Israel (Exodus 19-24). The Mosaic Covenant is established (Ex. 19:5) and ratified by Israel (Ex. 24:3).The Implications: The New Covenant is the New Testament. Here are found the promises of the Groom and the rights of the Bride and a statement of the Mohar.
14The Ketubah: Marriage Contract Ketubah. Rome, Bridegroom: Abraham Hayyim ben Ephraim Modigliani. Bride: Rosa bat Menahem Modigliani. On vellum. Micrography surrounding the text consists of the entire Book of Ruth. The coat of arms above the text is apparently that of the Modigliani family (ancestors of the famous painter?). (Source: The Yale University Judaica Collection Exhibition).
16Kiddushin: The Betrothal The Key Idea: At the point that the marriage contract is completed the couple is now “legally” married.The Hebrew Custom: At some point in Jewish history, the “cup of acceptance” was instituted. Now the couple prepare for the Nissuuin: The NuptialsThe Kiddushin – The Betrothal: At some point in Jewish history, the “cup of acceptance” was instituted.The groom would pour a cup of wine for the prospective bride. The cup would be blessed, andthe bride, if she agreed to the covenant, would indicate her acceptance by drinking from the cup.This marked the culmination of the Ketubah and the beginning of the Kiddushin. Now the preparation for the marriage would begin.Now the couple is “legally” bound by the covenant. This created a new status. As examples, once a couple was betrothed, the man could not go to war for a year (Deut. 21:7). In the case of Mary and Joseph, Joseph could consider divorcing Mary if she was found pregnant with child (Luke 1:18-19).
17The Groom Prepares the Huppah – the Bridal Chamber The groom would depart to prepare the huppah – the bridal chamber at his own father’s house.The father of the groom would determine when the huppah was fit for the bride.It is at that point that the groom could go to fetch his bride.The Huppah: It would be beautifully decorated and provisioned for the time of the consummation of the marriage.
18The Bride Sets Herself Apart Milkveh – The Purification Bath For the bride this was a time of purification and eager expectation.Purified: The bride would complete a purification bath – MikvehMarked: She would mark herself as promised, by wearing a veil in public. This reminds other men that she has been bought with a price and that she is set apart for the bridegroom.Anticipating: The bride did not know the exact time that the groom would come for her. The surprise was part of the wonder. She would have her lamp trimmed and ready, in case the groom came for her at night.
19Kiddushin: The Betrothal Implications for the Wedding of the Lamb Set # 1: Matthew 26: 27-28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26Set # 2: John 14:1-3; Mark 13:32-33Set # 3: Ephesians 5: 25-27; Revelation 19: 7-9Set # 4: John 17: 15-19; 2 Corinthians 11:2Set # 5: Matthew 25: 1-13Small Group WorkDiscussFeedback:Set I The Cup of AcceptanceSet 2 The Groom’s PreparationSets 3-5 The Bride’s Preparation
24Kiddushin: The Betrothal: The Bride Sets Herself Apart - Milkveh
25Kiddushin: The Betrothal: Waiting for the Bridegroom
26Nissuuin: The Nuptials The Fetching of the BrideThe CeremonyThe Wedding FeastAt Home with the Bride (Dwelling Together)
27Nissuuin: The Nuptials: The Fetching of the Bride The Key Idea: The groom goes to fetch his bride for the wedding and to take her to her new home.The Hebrew Custom: The groom and his groomsmen would travel to the home of the bride.Often at nightOne of the groomsmen would shout, “Behold, the bridegroom comes!”Often one in the wedding party would accompany this cry with the blowing of the shofar.
28Nissuuin: The Nuptials: The Fetching of the Bride The Implications for the Wedding of the Lamb:This will be a time unknown to the Bride and revealed by the Father in Heaven.Jesus will fetch His Bride (Matt. 25: 10-12; Luke 17: 34-36; I Corinthians 15: 51-58; I Thes. 4: 16-18; Rev. 14: 14)
29Nissuuin: The Nuptials: The Ceremony The Key Idea:As the bride and groom are already legally married (Ketubah) andAs they have prepared themselves (Kiddushin)Now the groom takes his bride to the place he has prepared (huppah) to consummate the marriage by becoming one flesh.While this is occurring in the privacy of the huppah, the public celebration of the wedding feast begins.
30Nissuuin: The Nuptials: The Ceremony The Hebrew Custom:There would be a marriage procession back to the groom’s home (Jeremiah 7:34).There the bride and groom would be elaborately dressed (Song of Solomon 3:11; Isaiah 61:10)The ceremony was conducted in the groom’s home with only the immediate family and a couple of witnesses.The groom would take his bride into the huppah, symbolizing that the bride was coming under the authority and protection of her husband. It was in the privacy of the huppah that the marriage would be consummated.The bride and groom would spend a week together.
31Nissuuin: The Nuptials: The Ceremony The Implications for the Wedding of the LambFor the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”The New International Version, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House) 1984.
32Nissuuin: The Nuptials: The Wedding Feast The Key Idea: This is the public celebration of the mystery of the one-flesh.The Hebrew Custom:While the wedding ceremony was a tight circle, the wedding feast was open to a much wider circle of friends and family.This celebration might last for a day (Gen. 29:27) or it might last a week (Judges 14:12) while the guests waited for the bride and groom to return from the huppah to participate in the public gathering.
33Nissuuin: The Nuptials: The Wedding Feast - Isaiah 25:6-8 “On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and the finest of wines.On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever.The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth.The LORD has spoken.”The New International Version, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House) 1984.
34Nissuuin: The Nuptials: The Wedding Feast The Implications of for the Wedding of the Lamb:It marks the climax of human history.It is the consummation of the purposes for which God made creation.This wedding was pre-figured in the garden with Adam and Eve.It is manifest, in all its glory, when God Himself takes a Bride – the church, to be with for all eternity.
35Nissuuin: The Nuptials: The Wedding Feast – Prophecy Fulfilled Set # 1: Psalm 47; 72:8-17; Psalm 117Set # 2: Isaiah 25:6-8; 26:2Set # 3: Isaiah 60:1-13Set # 4: Isaiah 62:1-3; 66:18-20Set # 5: Revelation 21: 22-26Small Group ReflectionEach group read a set of verses.Write down the key elements of the images.(If time) Write a song, draw a picture, develop a skit to manifest the message of the passages
36Nissuuin: The Nuptials: The Wedding Feast “The age-long preparation of the bride of Christ (the church!) is finally complete and He takes her arm, as it were, and leads her to the table. The marriage supper of the Lamb has come. He stands at the head of the table and a great silence falls over the millions of saints. And He says, ‘This, my beloved, was the meaning of marriage. This is what it all pointed toward. This is why I created you male and female and ordained the covenant of marriage. Henceforth there will be no more marriage and giving in marriage, for the final reality has come and the shadow can pass away.”Pastor John Piper Ibid Piper; May 14, 1989; pg. 3 of 5.
38Nissuuin: The Nuptials: At Home with the Bride The Key Idea: following the feast, the bride and the groom dwell together in Holy MarriageThe Hebrew Custom: After the consummation of the marriageThe Bride and Groom join the wedding feast to receive their gifts.Following the feast they establish their household and begin their family.The Implications
39Nissuuin: The Nuptials: At Home with the Bride The Implications for the Wedding of the Lamb: 1 Thes. 4:17“After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”The New International Version, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House) 1984.
40Nissuuin: The Nuptials: At Home with the Bride The Implications for the Wedding of the Lamb:Rev. 21: 1-4: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
41The Divine Romance Gene Edwards “Every angel was now remembering that unforgettable moment when, during the creation of Eve, the glory, the light, and the revelation of God overwhelmed all creation. It was a thing that, until now, they had never understood. Now they knew! When the Lord created Eve, He had been “seeing” someone else, and had fashioned Eve in her image.That someone now stood before them. She had emerged, in a vision, before their very eyes. There was no question, Eve was but the foreshadowing of this one. Before them stood a woman of incomparable glory and beauty, made up of unnumbered millions of portions of God’s own being; portions of God chosen – before the foundation of the ages – to be the composite of her being.Here, at last, was the mystery who had been hidden in God!They hardly dared to look upon such terrible beauty, yet they dared not do otherwise.Here was a woman, robed in the brightness of God, with a beauty defying their comprehension. She was like Him, yet female! A loveliness so tender, a countenance so full of love, a creature so pure, that angelic eyes shone with awe and terror seeking to take it in.Her hair was black as ravens, her youth had inspired a creating God to fashion springtime, her features were composed of the highest beauty of every race and tribe and kindred of womanhood from all times past and all times future.Mercifully, the vision of the glorious woman began to recede. Once more there appeared before the angels the scene of the all of God. Exhausted, they fell prostrate upon their faces.‘No suitor, no rivals, no enemies,’ one whispered.‘The mother of Eve,’ responded another.‘A new Jeru,’ declared yet another in soft delirium.One of the angels stood, still half blinded by glory, and uttered aloud the thoughts of all.‘A counterpart for our Lord.’‘The bride of God’” ibid, Edwards; pg
42All of heaven and earth join with the Bride and Spirit and cry out: The Bride is Ready!All of heaven and earth join with the Bride and Spirit and cry out:“Come, Lord Jesus!”