“Will Jesus Christ Take You, To Be His Lawfully Wedded Wife?”
Are you ready for marriage? In Matthew 25:1-13, there is a parable that presents a dramatic picture of just what will happen to all professing believers, both wise and foolish, when the Lord returns. But, I would like to ask the question, “Will Jesus Christ Take You, To Be His Lawfully Wedded Wife?” See if you can identify the spiritual symbolisms and implications.
In Middle Eastern customs of engagement, the man and woman would become “betrothed” before marriage (see 2 Cor 11:2). First the bridegroom or best-man chooses a virgin for the bridegroom. Betrothal is similar to engagement except it’s a permanent commitment, even though there is no physical union. Betrothal can only be broken by a violation of infidelity which is also punishable by death.
The bridegroom leaves his father’s house, goes to the home of the bride-to-be and there negotiates a purchase price with her father. In 1 Cor 6:20 the Apostle Paul says, “You are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Once the price is paid, the marriage betrothal is confirmed and the bride-to-be is declared consecrated; meaning sanctified or set apart exclusively for her bridegroom.
A cup of wine is used as a symbol to confirm and consummate betrothal. Both drink from the same cup which represents a covenant relationship of oneness; but not again until the wedding day. Matt 26:29 says, “I will not drink of this fruit from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” The bridegroom leaves the home of the virgin and returns to his father’s house for a waiting period of approximately one year or more. (If she is going to be unfaithful, it’s best to find out now before the wedding.) The bride-to-be only task is to remain faithful, prepare her wedding garment, and BE READY! During the waiting period the bridegroom prepares a dwelling place in his father’s house. John 14:2 says, “In My Father’s house are many mansions…” After the waiting period is over the bridegroom returns, with no warning and usually at night, for his bride-to-be with a great procession preceded by the best-man shouting, “Behold, the bridegroom is coming… the bridegroom is coming…”
After the bridegroom receives his bride, the entire entourage returns to the bridegroom’s father’s house. They are escorted to the bridal chamber, the door is locked, and they perform their vows of matrimony. After days of feasting the bride and groom retire to their chambers in the bridegroom father’s house, and it is there he begins building his own house (Rev 21:2).
Rev 19:6-9 reads, “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.””
Will Jesus Christ Take You, To Be His Lawfully Wedded Wife?” BE READY!
Bridegroom – Christ Himself; 10 Virgins – Believers, professing Christians, professors of all religions, both genuine and false; The Lamp – represent the lives, testimony, witness and the profession of their faith; The Vessel – represents the heart, which is used to carry the oil; Oil – provision of righteousness, the Holy Spirit’s influence, supply of grace that fills the lamp and the vessel.
Kevin O. Barard