by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
CT 506169, Program 181

Series on "The Real Woman"

Four of the ancient Jewish practices for marriage speak of Jesus
Christ. The first thing that happened was that the promise was given.
The promise of the wedding was usually negotiated between parents.
The children had very little to say about it; the parents arranged the
wedding. That may have taken place when they were much younger; the
parents came together and agreed that their children would make a good
match, and that on- some later date, their children would become one.
In the Bible, God made a promise that He was going to send His Son.
He made a commitment that His Son would come and take unto Himself a
bride - which is the Church.
The second thing that happened is what we would call "The Engagement."
It was really a betrothal. Our engagements can sometimes be broken,
but in Jewish tradition, when you made a betrothal, it was kept.
That's what had happened with Mary and Joseph. They were betrothed,
the Bible says, and that means that their union had not been
consummated, but the commitment was so strong that it was akin to
marriage. Betrothal was the next thing to the marriage, itself. It
was not to be broken. Everything connected with marriage took place
in that betrothal except the consummation of that union.
In that betrothal a dowry was given. Jesus Christ came, died on the
cross, shed His blood as a dowry. He paid for us, bought us with His
own blood in order that one day we would be completely His bride.
The third thing that took place was the wedding, a very festive
occasion. After the wedding and the wedding feast, the consummation
oE their union would then take place. Traditional Jewish wedding
customs, such as stamping on the wine glass, reminding them of the
destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. ...

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