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Marriage Ceremony in the Bible Times

May 4th, 2005 Visited 1791 times, 2 so far today
This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Biblical Roles of the Sexes

Happy CoupleAnother glossed over concept from the Bible is just how people got married. There are a few things to consider when looking at courtship in the Bible compared to it in the current culture.

First, parents were very involved– in some cases choosing the mate early in the person’s life. In this scenario, the parents get to use their non-emotional decision capabilities rather than basing everything on a feeling. In today’s culture, the entire emphasis is upon “love”, and not the committed kind, but the feeling kind. We then wonder why “love” doesn’t seem to last, and we have people divorcing because they no longer “love” each other.

Second, there was a long period of time for betrothal, during which the husband was getting a place ready for the wife, and he was also securing himself financially and with a job. During this time, the couple may not have much if any contact. During our courtship and dating process, the person in the relationship can spend a lot of time, feelings, and money on someone who they will not marry. In this case, they expend a lot of things that would be “firsts” for their new spouse on someone who turns out is not.

Third, the marriage ceremony itself could take days. Family was invited, the couple threw a big party that the whole town could come to. They consummated their marriage during that week. It was a time for celebration. Nowadays we try to limit the number of people that attend a dinner because of cost, and the couple races away at the first chance they get to start their “new life”.

I’m not saying that you should start saving up cattle, or consider a block party for days for your wedding, but I am saying that the thoughts and principals of these early weddings had in mind what God intended– a picture of Him with His bride (the church) and His love was about more than feeling– His love is a commitment.

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  • Mary says on: August 25, 2006 at 9:47 pm

     

    Also, didn’t the groom take a year off to devote to his new wife/marriage? Now that’s an idea to run with! :O)

  • MInTheGap says on: August 25, 2006 at 10:07 pm

     

    I knew he took the year off from battle. The pastor that did premarital counselling with Virtuous Blonde and myself used this principle to try to get us not to get too involved in church, etc. It didn’t work as well as it should have.

  • Mary says on: August 26, 2006 at 9:24 am

     

    Okay, I’m biting, why didn’t it? If you can share, that is.
    At any rate, that was a wise pastor.

  • MInTheGap says on: August 26, 2006 at 10:48 am

     

    Well, I’m the kind of guy that wants to get involved with a local body of believers, and with the talents God has blessed me with, and not a lot of people to work with, it’s not easy to say no.

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