Let me first begin this blog by urging my Christian brothers and sisters to encourage one another through words and deeds, because doing so, will feed inspiration needed to carry out the Lord’s works! It was through a personal conversation with a dear sister concerning the Holy Spirit and the use of the Jewish wedding as an analogy that motivated me to research more on this topic and thus, this blog. Thank you, my friend!
Like man is made in the image of God, the earth too is but a small mirrored image of Heaven. The Jewish people are the chosen people from the Old Testament, and it is through their bloodline that Jesus came into this world. Upon studying 1Kings 6 and reading Revelation 21 regarding the “New Jerusalem”, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the temple in Jerusalem and that of Heaven’s. If God gave so much attention to inanimate objects on earth to mirror that which is in Heaven, what about the animate (the living)? With my limited human abilities, I hope to accomplish explaining this deep topic. My focus is the relationship between Jesus, his bride (the church) and the importance of Holy Spirit in that sacred relationship. This topic has been spoken and written hundreds of times over, and I’m absolutely sure what I am sharing may be old news to some. However, by studying the Jewish wedding ceremony, I learned something new regarding Holy Spirit that sheds even more light of understanding to me, and I am not one to keep such a beautiful and important thing to myself…it would be wrong!
In a Jewish wedding there is the “shomer”, the “best man”. Shomer means watch or guard, guardian. The shomer is the groom’s (Jesus) closest friend and represents as an overseer making sure the most important rites of the wedding will be followed. A one particular ritual that must be carried out before the actual wedding nuptials is called the “Mikveh Mayyim”. Mikveh Mayyim means “living waters” (baptism). This sacramental bath is to be done BEFORE the wedding vows are to be spoken. Both the groom and the bride separately, MUST perform this ceremony. There is fasting and prayer in this phase, preparing the wedding couple for their holy union. Through John the Baptist, Jesus actually received the Mikveh Mayyim before he began his ministry and claimed his bride. That is the reason Jesus told John the Baptist, “Let it be so now, it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Matt. 3:15. (NIV). This is also why Holy Spirit appeared “as like a dove” over Jesus after he was baptized. Even though at this time there are some Jewish worshipers who do not recognize Jesus as their Messiah, their religious practices unwittingly witness about him! Amen.
God does not always rely on man’s spoken words to witness for him but may also use symbols or actions. There are THREE objects that must be present in the Jewish wedding ceremonies. In these wedding ceremonies, it is vital to have present the “Ketubah”, the written document stating that the couple are now legally bound, (a wedding license). Looking at this through Christian eyes, I see the Ketubah as God’s word. Where God’s word is present, so is God. Through God’s approval are his people (the church) written in The Book of Life. Consequently, this is the LICENSE to enter Heaven. Next, there is the ring which is but a small token of a sacred union that has an astounding meaning both to the married couple but most especially to God. This ring (the cross/Jesus) in the Jewish faith, symbolizes that the groom (Jesus) has fulfilled his financial responsibilities in order to have his bride. When Jesus was nailed to the cross, he paid-in-full for our sins, so that we could become his bride. So there lies the trinity, Ketuba (God), Ring (Cross/Jesus), Shomer (Holy Spirit). What about the bride (the church), the one that all guests look forward to seeing in all her splendored beauty? She has a very important part in the holy matrimony. On behalf of the groom (Jesus) and herself (church), she is to confirm VERBALLY to the public, that the Shomer (best man) were their choice. As the bride (the church), our free will was in choosing Jesus and publicly announcing our choice to follow him; whereby, the Shomer (Holy Spirit) takes up residence inside the bride (church), keeping guard over her (church) while also giving council, and comfort until the day the groom (Jesus) returns to once and for all, receive his bride. Amen.
~ “…while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:13, 14 (NIV). Amen.
~ “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26 (NIV). Amen.