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"THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER RECORDED IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND"

 "THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER RECORDED IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND"

"The Greatest Love Story Ever Recorded In The History Of Mankind" is outlined in detail throughout the Besorah (Gospel), yet the majority of those who read the Bible have no clue about. Most believers understand the death of Yeshua as the ransom (Ex 30:11-16, Mark 10:45) payment that brings us atonement.  Countless more however have no insights on the death of Yeshua as the Husband that had to die (Deut 24:1-4, Rom 7:1-4) in order to “remarry” the House of Israel (Rev 19:9) that He previously divorced.

YHVH Split Israel into two Nations, the House of Israel and the House of Judah (1 Kings 12:20).  In this article we will examine the death of Yeshua, in regards to the House of Israel.  We will study how the Torah deals with marriage, divorce, and remarriage, and we will connect these Torah principles with the House of Israel.

The Law of Marriage

YHVH Marries Israel at Mount Sinai on Shavuot (Ex 19:7&8; Ex 24:7&8; Ta’anith 26b).  YHVH divides Israel into two camps, the House of Israel and the House of Judah (1 Kings 11:29-32).  The House of Israel begins to change the Feast days of YHVH (1 Kings 12:32), ordain non Levites into the priesthood (1 Kings 12:31) and they began to incorporate idol worship as a method to worship YHVH (1 Kings 12:28).  For these things they become an unfaithful bride, and consequently YHVH divorces the House of Israel (Jer 3:1-8)

Rom 7:1-4 Brothers and sisters, all of you understand the law (Torah) of Moses. So surely you know that the law rules over people only while they are alive. For example, a woman must stay married to her husband as long as he is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from the law of marriage. But if she marries another man while her husband is still alive, the law says she is guilty of adultery. But if her husband dies she is free from the law of marriage. Then if she marries another man, she is not guilty of adultery.

The Key to understanding the death of Yeshua for the House of Israel is called the Law of Marriage (Deut 24:1-4).

Rom 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law [of Marriage] through the body of Messiah, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.

This scripture tells us that because of Yeshua’s death and resurrection believers are dead to the Law of Marriage.  We are not dead to the Law (of Moses) which is the Torah; we must read this in context to understand what is being taught by Paul.

The next thing we must realize is Paul expected the Roman congregation to have knowledge that comes from studying the Torah.  He writes “Brothers and sisters, all of you understand the law (Torah) of Moses” (Rom 7:1).  In this passage Paul is teaching from the Torah where YHVH gives very detailed instructions on marriage and divorce.

Deut 24:1-4 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give [it] in her hand, and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s [wife]. And [if] the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth [it] in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her [to be] his wife; Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled;

Moses lists these three things that must done in order for the divorce to be legitimate according to Torah.  Write the divorce document, deliver it to the wife and send her out of His House.  As we will soon discover YHVH did all three of these things to the House of Israel.

The majority of Protestant Christians miss many of the concepts Paul is teaching because they have not been taught the importance of studying the Torah.  Without a “Hebraic Lens” as we study Scripture we cannot fathom the depths of Yeshua coming for “the lost sheep of the House of Israel” (Matt 15:24).

The New Testament Scriptures tell us of the believers who prepare themselves as a bride for her wedding day. The ecclesia / ‘the called out ones’ (both Jewish and Gentile believers) are the bride of Messiah. We too are in a covenant relationship, awaiting Yeshua the bridegroom to come and fetch us and take us to His home where the marriage feast will be celebrated!

So much of the prophecies and poetry of Scripture deals with the marriage theme. Hosea’s life was an illustration of God’s relationship with His people. Hosea was told to marry a prostitute, who would be faithless and leave him. The pain of his family life allowed Hosea to feel the Father’s heart for His people when His People went after foreign gods. But God commanded Hosea to love his wife as He loved the Israelites.

The pattern of our life with Yeshua is based on the betrothal customs of ancient Israel. This ancient ritual prophetically points to the coming of the Messiah and the great celebration of the marriage supper of the Lamb.  It also teaches us unique lessons about YHVH’s covenant love for His people.

One would be hard pressed to find an occasion more joyous than that of a Hebrew wedding.  In Hebrew, it’s called a simcha (a joyous occasion).

 “Yet in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted, inhabited by neither people nor animals, there will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom.”  (Jeremiah 33:10–11)It is thus important to our understanding of Scripture to understand the marriage traditions.

Zohar speaks of a mysterious divine wedding that takes place on Shavuot:

Shimon was sitting and studying the Torah during the night when the bride was to be joined to her husband. For we have been taught that all the “members of the bridal palace,” during the night preceding the Shekhinah’s espousals are in duty bound to rejoice with her in her final preparations for the great day: to study all branches of the Torah… for these represent her adornments. The bride with her bridesmaids comes up and remains with them, adorning herself at their hands and rejoicing with them all that night, and on the following day She enters the chuppah in their company. (Zohar I, 8a)

 

This beautiful text describes the heavenly purpose of the leil tikkun: the practice of staying up all night to study Torah before the story of the revelation at Sinai is read on Shavuot morning. The Torah, who is the Divine presence (Shekhinah) on earth, is imagined as a bride, and the students of Torah are the bridesmaids who prepare her to marry the heavenly Divine. By studying Torah, they partake in the magic of the Divine wedding. This is one Jewish version of the hieros gamos or sacred marriage, which represents the union of opposites and the oneness of the Divine. Just as nature is engaged in fertility, blossoming, and reproduction at this time, so too our souls give forth new Torah.

Yeshua Messiah is the Word made flesh, which could also be translated as the Torah made flesh, who came to dwell or tabernacle among us. This helps us understand this excerpt from the Zohar, where the Torah is described as a lover who reveals herself beneath her veils only slowly, as the student of Torah comes to understand her secrets:

So it is with the Torah, which discloses her innermost secrets only to them who love her. She knows that whosoever is wise in heart hovers near the gates of her dwelling place day after day. What does she do? From her palace, she shows her face to him, and gives him a signal of love, and forthwith retreats back to her hiding place. Only he alone catches her message, and he is drawn to her with his whole heart and soul, and with all of his being. In this manner the Torah, for a moment, discloses herself in love to her lovers, so as to rouse them to renewed love. […] And when he arrives, she commences to speak with him, at first from behind the veil which she has hung before the words […]. Then she speaks to him behind a filmy veil of finer mesh, she speaks to him in riddles and allegories […]. When, finally, he is on near terms with her, she stands disclosed face to face with him, and holds converse with him concerning all of her secret mysteries, and all the secret ways which have been hidden in her heart from immemorial time.” Zohar II, 99

 

The Bridal (Marriage) Covenant at Mount Sinai Between YHVH & Israel

The event at Mount Sinai was clearly a wedding ceremony that took place on YHVH’s Holy feast day called Shavuot or Pentecost. The fact that the Hebrew Israelites were called to be YHVH's bride is attested to in many scriptures. YHVH called the Hebrews to be his bride and he is their only true husband.  The giving of the Torah, His Mitzvot (Commandments), was on the first Shavuot (Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost, on Sivan 6), seven weeks after the children of Israel left Egypt on the first Pesach (Passover, on Nissan 15). I will try to put it in comparison with the customs of the modern Jewish wedding. 


Negotiation of the Dowry or the Bride Price

The father of the soon to be Groom would formally go to the house of the girl and a bride price would be negotiated.

We see that Moses was sent on behalf of His Father YHVH, to negotiate with the father of the bride (Pharaoh) for release of the bride. Eventually the Pharaoh was so desperate to release the bride that he put up the bride price himself. Then YHVH comes at night and steals His bride from the adoptive father's house.

(Exo 12:40-42 Now the sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. {41} And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years; on that very same day; it came to pass that all the armies of YHVH went out from the land of Egypt. {42} It is a night of solemn observance to YHVH for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This is that night of YHVH, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations.

Dowry Found In The Dead sea scrolls

This is a marriage covenant dowry found in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

An important fact I would like to point out, which is often overlooked and misunderstood, was that the bride had to agree of her own free will. Many people are under the impression that like many eastern countries, that the ancient Hebrew wedding was an arranged marriage ,but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Both the Bride and the Groom had the could bail out and decide they didn’t want to go through with the marriage up until the point that they said “I do”. 

 

Walking In The Covenants of Elohim as believers (The Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic and The B'rit Chadasha [New Covenant]), Entering In Through Messiah Yeshua, Who Is The Door:

This is important because it also shows us that we have the choice to change our minds, deciding we don’t want to enter into the Marriage Covenant with YHVH, up until the time that Yeshua Messiah returns.  Salvation is the free gift of YHVH, but it’s up to us to enter in through the door and actually listen to the terms and conditions of the Bridal Covenant, which are outlined in the Mosiac Covenant. Unfortunately many people stop at the door, never entering in through it, these are those whom have never matured in their walk and relationship with Elohim. 

Yeshua tells us that he is the gate or the door in John 10:9 I am the gate! If anyone comes in through Me, he will be saved. We see that a gate or door is called a mezuzah in the Hebrew. We find the word Mezuzah used in the book of Exodus, when describing the doorpost of the Isralite’s house, when they were living in Egypt. The mezuzah was where the blood was applied at the first Passover, which was used to save them from the angel of death as he passed over them. When we understand that it was the blood on the doorpost, which saved the Israelite’s from death and it is the blood of Yeshua Messiah, which saves us from the lake of fire, so if one never enters in through the door (Yeshua), then how can the blood of Messiah Yeshua cover them or atone for their sins?  It can’t!  So it’s cruscial for us as believers, to not stop at Salvation or the Abrahamic Covenant, but to continue in through the door, which is Messiah Yeshua, progressing on through the Mosaic Covenant, where we learn the terms of the Marriage Covenant and what YHVH expects of His Bride.

 

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

 

Promises To His Bride

begins wooing with promises. 7 bold “I wills” made by YHVH to Israel. Nothing so far from Israel as far as any commitment on their part. It is all YHVH. Exodus 6:6-8

 

“Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am YHVH (יהוה); I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your Elohim. Then you shall know that I am the YHVH (יהוה) your Elohim who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the YHVH (יהוה).’ ”

Marriage Proposal

YHVH calls Moses to the mountain and announces His intention to make a covenant with the people (Exodus 19:3-6) “Moses went up to God, and YHVH called to him from the mountain saying, “Say this to the house of Jacob, and tell Bnei-Yisrael‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to Myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.” 

YHVH’s deep desire for Israel was that they would be His Chosen People/Bride, who would be a shining light among all the nations. YHVH was calling Israel to be to be a kingdom of Kohanim (Priests), who were set-apart in Him, living holy and righteous lives, glorifying their Him to the surrounding nations. For that is what it means to be a priest and a member of YHVH’s Royal priesthood: to represent God’s heart and nature to man, not only in word, but in our every-day lives, by walking in righteousness, becoming set-apart from the world, seeking the coming kingdom and glorifying our Elohim. As kingdom of Kohanim (Priests) we are called to stand between YHVH and man, reconciling man to his Maker.

 

Marriage Contract (Ketubah כְּתוּבּה *)

 Torah תּוֹרָה (His Covenant; His Commandments) is the contract and the Bride would read through the contract and decide whether she agree or did not agree.

Ketubah* “Ketubah” כְּתוּבּה  : It’s root word is  כ.ת.ב, means “to write.” In the rabbinic tradition, it is a prenuptial contract by which mainly the groom is bound to some obligations that protect the bride, such as providing food and clothes, and monetary compensation in case of divorce. It is an integral part of the Jewish marriage, and it is usually decoratively printed and displayed in homes. It has become largely a symbolic act, but it is still enforceable legal document. A quick learning is provided here.

Of course, the faithfulness of the bride and the groom are the foundation of the marriage contract. In Torah, the Husband’s faithfulness is repeatedly mentioned and fulfilled, and He is still faithful never forsaking His wife. It is the wife’s faithfulness that is in question.

On the Side Note: Torah was given on the first Shavuot (שָׁבֻעוֹת) <H7620> after the exodus. It is the plural form of the word, שֶׁבַע, “shevaha” <H7651> meaning “seven” or “week.” But also, another primitive root word for “Shavuot” is related to שָׁבַע “shavah” <H7650> meaning “wear” or “take an oath.” Therefore, “Shavuot,” שָׁבֻעוֹת, has at least a double meanings, which are “weeks” and “swearing”, or you could say signing a contract (covenant). The vowel symbols may be too small to recognize the difference, but the most important thing here is to recognize that spelling of the syllables is the same: shin–beit–ayin.

Hebrew letters are all syllables, and vowel symbols (nikkudot) were created and added by the Masorets, who faithfully kept the Word of God, after approximately 500 AD

 

Bride says "I Do"

After the bride accepted the terms of the marriage proposal, bread and wine would be shared in a festive meal. The groom’s father would pour a cup of wine and his son would offer it to the bride saying, ‘By offering this cup, I vow that I am willing to give my life for you’. The bride would drink indicating that she was willing to give her life for him too.

We see that Israel agreed to the Ketubah or the Commandments of YHVH and — All Israel says “Yes.”

Exodus 19:8

(8) Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.*” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD.

* “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” — The Israelites said this two more times when sealing the Covenant in Exodus 24:3; 24:7.

Hebrew Marriage tradition of gift giving 

The mixed multitude that came out of Egypt agreed to the terms of the marriage covenant by saying, “All the words which the Lord has said we will do.”  Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up the mountain, saw God, and ate and drank. (Exodus 24:3, 9-11)

 

Betrothal included the giving of gifts by the bridegroom to his bride. Abraham’s servant Eliezer brought ten camels laden with gifts when he went to find a bride for his master’s son: “Then the servant brought out jewelry of silver, jewelry of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah . . . “ (Genesis 24:53). (When Rebekah had volunteered to water the ten camels, she had no idea that the camels and their precious cargo would soon be hers, nor that one of these camels would carry her to her bridegroom.)

 

Gifts for the Bride (The Ruach HaKodesh)

Many times a bridegroom gave a coin or other object of value to his betrothed bride – something that would help her remember him while they were apart. Eventually the customary gift became a ring. The giving of the ring to the bride constituted the main feature of erusin (betrothal). The real focus of the gift giving was not the gift, but the giver. The object of value, whether a ring, coin or whatever, made the bride think about her bridegroom. Today young men usually give their fianceés a diamond engagement ring. When the young woman looks at the ring she is reminded of the one who gave her the ring. In much the same way, YHVH has given multiple gifts to His bride, such as the Holy Spirit, Which writes His marriage Ketubah on our heart, betrothing us as His bride under the New Covenant and His Shabbat or Sabbath is our spiritual engagement ring which allows the rest of the world to know that we are set-apart to YHVH as His Bride. The Ruach Ha Kodesh or the Holy Spirit, which was gifted to us by Messiah Yeshua giving up His life on the stake (2 Corinthians 1:21-22) tells us that YHVH has given us the Spirit in our hearts as a deposit – a token of our bridal inheritance. Through Him we receive many gifts: 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 mentions some of them: “For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

What bride would say to a bridegroom who comes to her with a gift: “Oh, you shouldn’t have done that! You know you can’t afford that. Why did you get me that gift?!” And yet, the bride of Messiah does this with our Heavenly Bridegroom. So many of us don’t know how to receive from Him!! Today is the day to begin to change. Our God is a giver. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17). When “ ...He took the cup after supper ... ” Luke 22:20 12 we receive gifts from God, we give Him pleasure. His gifts, given through the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), are meant to be shared (not consumed on our own lusts). If we are willing to be vessels through which the bridal gifts flow out to touch the lives of others, God will give us as much as we can receive. God, the Great Giver, is looking for receivers! Some more gifts that Messiah’s bride receives include: eternal life, forgiveness of sins, prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, ruling, mercy (Romans 12), and faith.

We also see the Israelites were given gifts as YHVH free them from Bondage in Egypt.

Exodus 3:22  Every woman is to ask her neighbor and the woman who lives in her house for silver and gold jewelry and clothing. You will put them on your sons and your daughters. So you will plunder the Egyptians.”

 

Sabbath a Sign a visible, tangible expression of the love

Another amazing Gift, we have received is the Sabbath, which just as the Ruach HaKodesh indwelling in us, produces good works, which bares great fruit, so too is the Shabbat or the Sabbath a sign for the rest of the world to know that we are the Bride of YHVH, who have become set-apart for Him and Him alone.

Exodus 31:14-17Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to Yahweh: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

 

Groom prepares a place for the Bride

The groom would go home to prepare a home and build a special chamber for his new bride. (‘In my father’s house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself that where I am you may be also.’) He would work day and night but this might take many months. Even the groom did not know when the wedding would take place. He like his bride, waited patiently thinking about and praying for his bride.

The bride would prepare herself focusing on her personal preparations:  wedding garments, lamps, etc.

 Although the bride knew to expect her groom after about a year, she did not know the exact day or hour.  He could come earlier.  It was the father of the groom who gave final approval for him to return to collect his bride.

 For that reason, the bride kept her oil lamps ready at all times, just in case the groom came in the night, sounding the shofar (ram’s horn) to lead the bridal procession to the home he had prepared for her.

 In the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1–13), Yeshua (Jesus) likened the Kingdom of Heaven to this special period of erusin, when the groom comes for his bride:

 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom!  Come out to meet him!’  Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.”  (Matthew 25:6–7)

 

 Land of Milk and Honey

Promise of the Land — Restated Covenant with Abraham (Ge 15:17-21), and YHVH promises to give the children of Israel the Land of Canaan. And, Jerusalem is the “home” He will prepare for Him and His Bride to live.

Genesis 15:18

(18) On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates–

Exodus 23:20-21

(20) “Behold, I send an Angel* before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. (21) “Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him.

* This “Angel” who has YHVH’s name in Him, is actually the pre-incarnate Yeshua our Messiah Himself.

 

Friend of the Bridegroom

The next step in this marriage process took place when his father agreed that the house was ready and the groom would go to fetch his bride. This often took place at night after the harvest had been completed so the bridegroom and his friends would be free to leave

Moses is a friend of the Bridegroom

         He represents the Bridegroom to the Bride:

                  Exodus 19:17 “And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet Elohim”

The groom was escorted to the bride’s home by the best man (aka friend of the Bridegroom) and the other close friends. These ‘friends of the bridegroom’ were the witnesses. Part of the preparation was to ensure there was enough oil for the lamps to guide them in the darkness. Their procession usually left at night by light of a lamp. As they approached, the bride (and the whole town) would hear the sound the shofar and a loud shout and know the groom had arrived. The entire wedding party then left together for the bridegroom’s house. Now the bride belonged to the groom, forever! The bride would have a new name!

 

Mikvah, a place of ceremonial cleansing -

Preparation of the Bride. Traditionally, in preparation for the betrothal ceremony, the bride (kallah) and groom (chatan) are separately immersed in water in a ritual called the mikvah, which is symbolic of spiritual cleansing.

 Exodus: 19:10-11Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow*, and let them wash their clothes. 11 “And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the LORD will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.

In Matthew 3:13–17, we read that Yeshua has already been immersed (baptized) by Yochanan (John) in the waters of mikvah at the Jordan River.

 

As the Bride-to-be, we are also asked to be immersed.

“Whoever believes and is baptized [ritually immersed] will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”  (Mark 16:16)

After the immersion, the couple entered the huppah (marriage canopy)—symbolic of a new household being planned, to establish a binding contract.

 

Chuppah a place of covering, a canopy

 Exodus 19:17-18 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. (18) Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke*, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly

 

* This “smoke” is represented by the canopy, “Chuppah” חוּפָה, that is used in every Jewish wedding. There are many variation of the design, but it is a covering, which is placed over the bride and the bride groom, usually made of some whitish decorative fabric supported by four pillars at the corners.

On the Side Note: It is a tradition in Ashkenazi Jewish weddings that the bride circles around the bridegroom seven times at the end of the officiation, then the bridegroom breaks a glass by stepping on it, and celebration continues on. There are a few interpretations of these prophetic acts I have heard of, but they are clearly alluding to the 7,000 years given to men on this earth and the destruction of the enemy at the end. The bridegroom is the picture of the Messiah, and the bride His people. At the end of the bride’s circling around the bridegroom seven times, the bridegroom steps on a glass and crashes it with his foot. Sounds familiar?  Please refer to the account of the “Jericho March” inJoshua 6:1-21, where the children of Israel, led by Joshua (“Yehoshua,” or “Yeshua” in Hebrew), circles around Jericho wall once a day for six days, then seven times on the seventh day. At the end of the seventh round, they shouted at the top of their lungs along with loud trumpets blown by the priests, and with the great trembling, the wall of Jericho came crashing down. The Jewish people have been doing this prophetic act at every wedding for hundreds of years!

 

Consummation — Before the Presence of All the Twelve Tribes.

Exodus 24:3-5 So Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the LORD has said we will do.*” (4) And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars according to the twelve tribes of Israel. (5) Then he sent young men of the children of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD.

Covenant and Betrothal Sealed With Blood

Exodus 24:6-8 And Moses took half the blood and put it in basins, and half the blood he sprinkled on the altar. (7) Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the LORD has said we will do, and be obedient.*” (8) And Moses took the blood, sprinkled it on the people, and said, “This is the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you according to all these words.**”

* Notice, this is the second and the third time (the first was in Ex 19:8) that they said this for confirmation.

** The term, “the blood of the covenant” is very significant. If it is broken, one of the involved parties must die. And, this is “the Blood of the Covenant” He will renew by shedding of His own blood (Mt 26:28; Mk 14:24). See section “Grace” below.

 Now, the marriage is complete. Everything He has, including His life, is hers, and everything she has, including her life, is His. That is the meaning of the “blood covenant,” in this case: a marriage.

So now that we understand this was a Marriage Covenant between all 12 tribes of Israel and YHVH the Elohim of heaven and earth.

There are many passages in the Bible where YHVH treats Israel as His wife, you may be thinking of some of them already. But for the main purpose of this series, we will now focus on “divorce” first. Yes, “divorce.” You may say, “They have just gotten married . . . , already divorcing?“ Yes, I know . . . But, the fact of the matter is that the all Israel was never a faithful wife to YHVH.

 The betrothal was sealed when the elders and the priests joined him to fellowship with the LORD. For six days the cloud covered the mountain and on the seventh day Moses went back up the mountain and stayed their forty days and forty nights. During this time the LORD gave   Moses commandments concerning the construction of the tabernacle and the holy furniture in it. These regulations are presented in Exodus 25 to Exodus 31.

 

 

 

 

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