What is a spouse? A bible study

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Why does the Bible mention a spouse? What is the meaning for believers?

Jewish weddings

Jewish weddings today still retain some of the traditions of yesteryear, such as two witnesses signing the ketubah and the groom giving his ring to the bride under a wedding canopy, and like many weddings today , the Jews also considered the wedding ceremony to be a sacred event. this act is done before God and many witnesses. One thing that differs between a non-Jewish wedding and a Jewish wedding is that the bride and groom are not allowed to see each other for seven days, not just on the wedding day as in traditional weddings. This means that the bride and groom will have spent a week without seeing each other, and only then, after the start of the wedding ceremony. On the Saturday before the wedding, the bride organized a bridal party where only women were invited. These women included those close to the bride like her family and friends. They were there to give him moral and physical support. If she needed anything, they would provide it. This is what the wedding guests (the church) should do today; serving the bride as the body of Christ, but also seeking others to attend the wedding feast before the doors are closed and the wedding has begun (Matthew 28:19-20).

Why do the Jews prevent the bride and groom from seeing each other for a week?

Do you view marriage as a sacred event or agreement (or both)?

What traditions do you think are present in non-Jewish weddings?

The groom

The Christian recognizes that Jesus is the Bridegroom, and not just from the Book of Revelation. In fact, Jesus revealed the identity of the Bridegroom when John the Baptist’s disciples asked him why his disciples did not fast like them. Jesus replied, “Can wedding guests cry as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. » (Matthew 9:15). Jesus’ point was “Can you get wedding guests to be quick while the groom is with them” (Luke 5:34), which means He was with them right now! After Jesus was taken away from his arrest on false charges, tried illegally, suffered an unjust crucifixion, and did not deserve death, they finally fasted. The “young married man” has been “carried away”. Right now, with Jesus here, it’s a time of feasting, not fasting. At this time the Bridegroom (John 2) is preparing a bride for himself, and the bride of Christ is the church. Even though the church was in its infancy with the disciples (Matt. he church is the bride of Christ, and Jesus is the Bridegroom. The disciples of John the Baptist would have known that Jesus is the Bridegroom because John knew that “He who has the bride is the groom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the voice of the bridegroom. Therefore, this joy which is mine is now complete “ (John 3:29). John’s mission has been fulfilled. He was beheaded, and right after that Jesus began his earthly ministry (Mark 1:14-15).

Why do you think John the Baptist’s disciples fasted?

Do you think these verses command fasting?

Who was this “friend of the bridegroom”?

The invitation

Long before a wedding, invitations are sent out and the guest can come. In a parable about a wedding feast, Jesus was showing that the “wedding feast” must seek others to bring to marriage, and in this context He said, “The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who gave a wedding for his son and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding, but they would not come. He again sent other servants, saying, “Say to those who are invited, ‘Behold, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fattened calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast » (Matthew 22:2-4). Just as today, many “did not pay any attention” (Matthew 22:5), but they still sought others as “These servants went out into the roads and gathered together all whom they found, wicked and good. The wedding hall was filled with guests. (Matthew 22:10). The servants are the children of God, and since Jesus is the head of the church, he commands the members of his body to go and do as he pleases. They (we) serve him and these servants seek others to invite them to the wedding feast to receive eternal life. However, there are limits, because “When the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who had no wedding garment. And he said to him: ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, “Bind his hands and feet and cast him into outer darkness.” There, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:11-14). Either you have his righteousness (2nd Cor 5:21) or you have his wrath (John 3:36b; Rom 2:5-6). Jesus invites everyone to come to Him, believe, and receive eternal life (John 3:16; Rom 10:9-13). When God brings a person to repentance, which means he forsakes his sins and then trusts in Christ, he is already brought into the kingdom (Eph 1; Rom 8), even if he is not there physically.

Does this invitation show that some will not be welcome?

What are the conditions for attending this wedding feast?

How many times have you invited new “guests” to the wedding feast?

Conclusion

The marriage between Christ and the church was truly a marriage made in heaven because it was of the will of God. When Jesus returns for his church and then brings them to him, the joyful occasion is the wedding feast between the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ and the church. The apostle John wrote about this time, writing “Let us rejoice, exult and give him glory, for the wedding feast of the Lamb is come, and his bride is made ready” (Rev 19:7) . We get a glimpse of the coming kingdom of God in the book of Isaiah, and particularly where it writes, “For as a young man marries a young woman, so your sons will marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you” (62:5) and God rejoices in all His children, but for the unsaved He calls them “children of wrath” (Eph 2:3). For each child of God, the apostle Paul writes to “you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience – among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of body and mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind” (Eph 2:1-3).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Editor of What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.


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