September 12, 2013

The Biblical Feasts as a Demonstration of Marriage

Yom Teruah is the announcement that the king or bridegroom is drawing near. It is the time when the preparations end, and everyone is excitedly gathering to welcome him.

Yom Kippur is the day he comes through the gates. He has arrived. That’s the day we wait in line to be received and meet with the king or bridegroom. We wait together, yet individually, to hear his judgments.

Sukkoth is a celebratory wedding feast. Everyone gets to enjoy the party, but only the Bride spends the week in intimacy with the king. It’s a time to be joyful and worry-free, building up to the last day.

The Eighth Day is the last great day. It’s the end of the feast. But it is also the day when the bridegroom brings his bride out of the bridal chamber to celebrate in exultation with their guests. It marks the beginning of the bride and bridegroom’s new life in covenant together.  

The spring feasts represent the beginning stages of a betrothal relationship leading up to the fall feasts. But they also represent a continuation of the marriage relationship after the wedding feast. They demonstrate the provision and effort put into each other. The feasts represent the best that a couple can give to each other, the gifts and sacrifices they are willing to make.

Pesach is the groom laying down his life for his bride.

Unleavened Bread is the expression of the bride’s commitment and willingness to suffer for her groom, to follow his lead; and her rejoicing that he rose again, or survived his brush with death.

The festivals of first fruits are the giving of our best. In a good marriage, neither party should offer anything less or their relationship not be the best it can be.

Sabbaths are times of intimacy, special dates, weekly times to put aside the cares of the world and enjoy time with the king. It’s the highlight of the week. It’s a continual reminder of who we live for, and what is most important.

All of the feasts are collective, and all of the feasts are personal. As the body of Messiah, it is important for us to enjoy these feasts together in unison. But it is also important to remember that if we as individual parts of the whole are not in a strong relationship with the head, everyone will be affected by that. We need to focus just as much on our personal relationship with the bridegroom. Just as a bride and groom work better together if their hearts are right individually, if we are healthy as a member of the body, it will cause less strain in working together as a whole.

2 comments:

  1. What about Shavout; the offer of the marriage covenant?

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  2. Shavuot was the offering of the marriage covenant, but it is also a time of renewing that covenant every year. It is also when the Set Apart Spirit was released to once again dwell with the believers. It's an anniversary.

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