The Marriage Covenant
My son, Caleb, and his fiancée, Emerald, will be getting married in six months to a year. We are all looking forward to this. Caleb has seemed to settle down and lose his adolescent adolescence since having been involved and engaged with Emerald. He has grown up. He has begun to understand the need he has to protect and provide for the woman who will become his wife, and then for the children of their marriage.
Caleb and Emerald have started discussing various venues and ceremony options; although, she did disclose her colors to me already. They have their rings, which they were really excited about. And, they have recently started putting a budget to paper, not just for their marriage ceremony expenses but for their life. They are becoming life partners.
A Covenant of Marriage with Yeshua ha-Meshiach
Mattityahu (Matthew) 26:28 says, and this is Yeshua speaking, “This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the remission of sins.”
A covenant or a contract is an agreement made between two parties. The first party will agree to his or her part of the contract based on the conditions the second party must fulfill on his or her part. As the days, months, and years progress, certain aspects of the contract may be amended, either by one party or the other, either for greater clarity of the contract or to state further bonuses that may or may not be collected. These amendments do not take away from the contract, they merely add to the contract.
“Of the new covenant” does not mean a whole new contract has been made. It does not induce visions of a new set of rules. Yeshua never changed the rules, He only settled the matter of sacrifice by becoming the Lamb of Elohim. Yeshua never abolished (as we know abolish to mean through the evolution of language; to do away with) the Law, He abolished (meaning to complete) the law of sacrifice. Likewise, He never did away with the Law or any of what the Prophets spoke from Elohim to the people, He added to it, made an amendment, that now tells the world He is the One Who saves. If the Law of Sacrifice could save the people, they would not have had to continue to make sacrifices after the first sacrifice. Yeshua’s sacrifice was the last sacrifice because Yeshua told His disciples that the covering of His blood, not the covering of the Ark by the blood of a lamb, is salvation for all people.
When YHVH covenanted with Avraham, part of that covenant was a physical cutting of a man’s flesh, circumcision. When Moshe, following YHVH’s leading led the Israelites out of Mitzrayim (Egypt), a covenant marriage took place between YHVH and the Israelites at Mount Sinai where there were additions (amendments) made to the Avrahamic Covenant. The Moshe Covenant did not “abolish” the Avrahamic Covenant; the Law never changed, it was made more clear. Afterward, the Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years, during which time no circumcisions took place. Before marching on Jericho, every male in the Israelite congregation, whether natural born or foreigner, was circumcised. The Law was kept because the Law never changed. The covenant between Avraham and YHVH held the same importance as the Covenant with Moshe. When David ha-Melech ruled in Yisra’EL, YHVH made a covenant with Him that would establish David ha-Melech’s throne forever. This Davidic Covenant did not replace the Avrahamic Covenant nor the Moshe Covenant, it added to it, or gave an amendment to it. And when Yeshua gave “the new covenant” to His disciples, He did not do away with the previous covenants, He added to them, amended them, to state that only through Yeshua can man(kind) be saved. In Yochanan (John) 14:6, Yeshua says, “Ani ha-derekh ve ha-emet ve ha-chaim.” (“I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.”) Not in anything that Yeshua said did away with the Law because the Law never changed.
In the Ancient of Days ...
What do the covenants have to do with Caleb and Emerald’s engagement and upcoming nuptials?
There was a tradition in ancient Yisra’EL that brought families together in preparation for marriage. The man who was to be the husband offered his hopefully-soon-to-be-bride a cup of wine. If this woman drank from the cup offered to her by the man, she agreed to marry him. This was the sign of the betrothal, it was the sign of an engagement, it was making a contract to covenant in marriage. If, though, the woman refused to accept the proffered cup of wine, there would be no future marriage.
When Yeshua told his disciples, “This is my blood of the new covenant.”, He was offering Himself as the cup of wine to covenant Himself as the groom to His people as the bride. If we accept Him as our salvation, we betroth ourselves to Him in a covenant marriage, and as He states His intentions as our Husband, to protect and provide, we also state our intentions to love, honor, and obey Him- obey the Law that was set before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:20).
Are you (plural) ready to drink from the cup that the Groom has offered to you? Do you wish to covenant yourself to Yeshua ha-Meshiach? Are you ready to accept the responsibility of being His bride.?
Drinking from the Cup
Mattityahu 20:22--”Yeshua answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink and be immersed with the immersion that I am immersed with?’ They said to Him, ‘We are able.’”
Yakobos’ (James) and Yochanan’s (John) mother requested of Yeshua that her sons be seated to the left and to the right of Yeshua in His Kingdom, and Yeshua responded with His question in Mattityahu 20:22, “Are you able to drink from the same cup I will drink from?” (paraphrased). Their reply was that they were able, they wanted to, they would do what they had to do to become betrothed to their Adonai, they wanted to be with Him and go with Him wherever He went. They did not know exactly what this marriage contract would mean, though. They did not stop to think about what was entailed in the covenant. Ostensibly, they knew what the marriage covenant meant, they knew the Law, they were Jewish, they grew up in a Jewish synagogue listening to the Law and the Prophets.
Yakobos and Yochanan did indeed drink from the marriage cup. Yakobos was the first disciple to be martyred; he was killed by beheading at the hand of King Herod. Yochanan was poisoned, vomited, and lived, later exiled to the Island of Patmos, where he lived to be approximately one hundred (100) years old; but, watched with great suffering as the world celebrated apostasy and the persecution of Believers.
Are you (plural) ready to drink from the cup that the Groom has offered to you? Do you wish to covenant yourself to Yeshua ha-Meshiach? Are you ready to accept the responsibility of being His bride?
Part of partaking of the proffered cup of the new covenant, Yeshua’s shed blood, is that you (plural) will suffer. We will experience persecution, our faith will be tried, our endurance and patience and perseverance will be put to the test. We drink of the cup, promising to fulfill our part of the contract- obedience to the Law- understanding that by grace we receive salvation. We drink the cup and become identified as the bride. And we wait, ready and prepared, for the time when we partake in the Wedding Feast of the Lamb that will be the joyous celebration of our covenant marriage with Yeshua ha-Meshiach, Melech ha-olam.
Romans 8:16-17--”Ruach HaKodesh Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of Elohim; and if children, then heirs; heirs of Elohim and joint heirs with ha-Meshiach, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified with Him”
Baruch Ata Adonai, Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, asher natan lanu et derekh ha’yeshua ba’Meshiach Yeshua. Baruch hu. Amein.
Blessed are You O LORD, our G_d, King of the universe, Who gave to us the Way of salvation through the Messiah Yeshua. Blessed be He. Amen.