Her nerves are rattled, but happily so. Her day is coming...the day! She is to be married to her love. She must prepare! She enters the mikvah, the ritual immersion, which comes just before the ceremony. Every fingernail is cleaned, every hair combed clean, before she enters her bath. She is to be made clean, before...she is made clean in her spirit.
In Ancient times, and even today, the mikvah (ritual bath) are enjoyed before a big wedding day, before a High Holiday Sabbath, and even before at a conversion. Today, these beautiful pools that kissed with living water provided through special filters to be deemed kosher for ceremonial washing.
Do you remember when Yeshua, Jesus, began His ministry? The Heavenly Groom coming to find His Bride, the Body of Messiah. Picture the Ceremony with new eyes...
King James Version (KJV)
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
The bride in the story above was to prepare for her groom. Our Heavenly groom prepared for us!
Glory to God in the Highest! What a beautiful Wedding you have prepared. Immerse me in your truth and grace today!
I hope you enjoyed our second installment introducing women to their Jewish Roots! The name is in flux right now :) But, for now I am calling it Grab And Go! Jewish Roots Mini Books- The Jewish Wedding! Based on Zechariah 8:23
King James Version (KJV)
23 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We willgo with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
Short and sweet to start your day! Are you interested in subjects like this? If you have a moment drop me a line and let me know!
Evonne Mandella is a Jewish Believer in Jesus! She homeschools her children and with a heart for her heritage and a look to the sky, for the soon return of her Lord. She can be reached between dance steps at email@example.com or at www.wholesomlearningtravel.com