Monday, December 10, 2007

Excerpt from Mayim Hayim Ministries

A Fresh Look At The Jewish Wedding

When studying the Scriptures it becomes evident that intimacy between Yeshua and His E’dah (Congregation), is no better illustrated than in the ancient Jewish wedding customs. The L-rd gave us these things so that we could and would understand His attributes. This is His propose for every Believer. Yeshua, Himself, made several references to the Church, i.e. Congregation, in being like a Bride waiting for her Bridegroom. I will not site them here however they will be found throughout this study. Let's take a look at it:

The marriage consists of two parts. First, the betrothal - Erusin or Kidushin. Then about one or two years later, the second part took place. This is the wedding ceremony called, Nisuin or Huppah.

The betrothal is a parallel to the engagement in most ways except that in the ancient Jewish custom, it was binding! It was so binding that it could not be broken without a orthodox divorce. You were considered bound together from the period you entered the betrothal contract until the wedding day.

Barbara Di Gilio
Mayim Hayim Ministries
P.O. BOX 11911
Phoenix, AZ 85061