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June 1, 2017

Synopsis of October 03, 2013….. Wedding Vows At Mount Sinai

After reading this synopsis, I highly recommend you read the Full Text of this teaching.

Are the Ten Commandments a list of do’s and don’ts? A list of rules to follow? Was the gathering at Mt. Sinai where the Hebrews placed themselves under a burdensome yoke? Perhaps, perhaps not. Let us examine this gathering from a different perspective; the perspective of a marriage and the taking of wedding vows.

The Courtship
After four hundred years of slavery in Egypt, Yahweh began to prepare the Hebrews to leave Egypt. To do so, Yahweh first vanquished ten of the Egyptian gods (Exodus Chapters 7 to 12): Hapi, god of the Nile, Heqit; goddess of fruitfulness; Lel, god of the earth; Khepera, beetle god; Apis/Hathor god of cattle; Nut, goddess of heaven; Iris, god of water; Serapia/Sebek god of insects; Ra/Re, sun god; and Pharaoh, considered to be a son of the gods.

After vanquishing the Egyptian gods, Yahweh next performs numerous miracles (Exodus Chapters 14 to 17):  The Hebrews walk through the Red Sea on dry land, but the Pharaoh and his army drowns. The bitter water at the well of Marah is turned into sweet water. Manna and quail are provided for the grumblers to eat. Water from the rock is provided for the grumblers.

The Wedding
Exodus 19:5 – “If you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples.”
Finally the Hebrews arrive at Mount Sinai, also known as Mount Horeb or Jebel al-Lawz. This mountain, contrary to many who place it in the Sinai peninsula, is in Midian, or Saudi Arabia, the land of Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro (Exodus 3:1). It is here that the actual wedding ceremony takes place.

The Four Necessary Items
At every Jewish wedding there are several items that are part of that ceremony. We find these four items at Mount Sinai (Exodus Chapters 19 to 21): a mikvah [מקווה – H4723] (a place of cleansing and preparation), a ketubah [from kathab כְּתָב- H3791] (a written contract or marriage agreement), a chuppah [חֻפָּה‎ – H2646] (a covering or canopy), and a sign (a visible, tangible expression of the love).

The Wedding Vows
The first seventeen verses of Exodus Chapter 20 give us the Ketubah – the marriage contract. Each of the Ten Commandments is an expectation of the behavior that describes a person’s behavior once they are married. An interpretation of these “commands” as wedding vows is below:

Commandment One: The expression, “took . . . to be his wife”, is used throughout scripture to describe a marriage and the attendant ceremony and taking of vows. Yahweh has just vanquished all of the Egyptian gods, whom he calls “other lovers”, then brings the Hebrews out to Mount Sinai, and says in effect: “Remember what I’ve done for you. Put me first. Have no other lovers (gods) before me, for I have taken you to be my bride.” Yahweh is clearly described as the Hebrew’s true husband (Exodus 19:5-6). The Hebrews are clearly described as taking Yahweh as her husband at Mount Sinai (Jeremiah 2:2). In the same way, Yeshua is the true husband of the Bride of Christ.

Commandment Two: Yahweh then says in effect: “Now that I’m your number one lover, don’t dwell on your former lovers. In fact, don’t make statues of them, don’t keep paintings of them on your walls, don’t listen to them, don’t even talk about them!”

Commandment Three: Yahweh then says in effect: “When you take my name as your name, don’t do it lightly or in vain.” In a Jewish wedding ceremony, once the groom had established and paid the purchase price for the bride he would then offer the Cup Of Covenant to his prospective bride, thereby pledging his life to and for his bride. If the bride accepted this promise, she would then drink of the cup confirming that she, too, would pledge her life to and for her betrothed. This was never done lightly or frivolously – from this point on the bridegroom and bride-to-be were considered married, and all the covenants, privileges, and duties of a fully married couple applied.

Commandment Four: Yahweh then says in effect: “Spend quality time with me. Let’s meet together every Sabbath and get to know each other more intimately.”

Commandment Five: Yahweh then says in effect: “Have respect for your parents and each other.”

Commandment Six: Yahweh then says in effect: “Don’t murder each other. Life is precious and is not to be taken.”

Commandment Seven: Yahweh then says in effect: “Don’t take other lovers. I am your true husband.” It is only in this physical life that Yahweh allows a man to have a wife and a woman to have a husband. In essence, the seventh commandment states: “I, Yahweh allow each man to have only one woman as his lover until your physical body becomes a spiritual body. Likewise, women, I allow each woman to have only one man as her lover until your physical body becomes a spiritual body.” Once we are resurrected, and are given our spiritual, immortal, incorruptible bodies, we are no longer given nor taken in marriage. When we are resurrected, we will have only one “husband” – Yahweh/Yeshua.

Commandment Eight: Yahweh then says in effect: “Don’t take each other’s belongings. I will supply all your needs.”

Commandment Nine: Yahweh then says in effect: “Don’t lie or tell each other tall tales. Speak only the truth.”

Commandment Ten: Yahweh then says in effect: “Don’t crave another’s spouse, possessions or servants. I will supply all your needs.”

Conclusions
The Ten Commandments, are indeed a list of do’s and don’ts, a set of rules to live by, but are not a burden to bear. Just the opposite – they are a written testimony to the sacrament of marriage and are a joy and a gift of love from a husband to his wife, and from a wife to her husband.

The event at Mount Sinai was clearly a wedding ceremony. That the Hebrews were called to be Yahweh’s bride is attested to in many scriptures. Yahweh called the Hebrews to be his bride and he is their only true husband. After the Millennial Reign of Yeshua, the marriage between Yahweh and the Hebrews will be finalized. It is Yahweh who gave the Hebrews bread and water in the wilderness. It is Yahweh who calls the Hebrews his peculiar treasure, his Cĕgullah, a kingdom of priests.

In heaven, after the resurrection, there will be no marriage between humans, just as there is no marriage between angels even now. Yeshua has called upon us to be his bride and he is our only true husband. The marriage between Yeshua and his bride will be finalized, and the marriage supper will be celebrated at his second coming. Yeshua is our living bread and our living water. Yeshua calls his bride a peculiar treasure, his Cĕgullah, a kingdom of priests.

Again, after reading this synopsis, I highly recommend you read the Full Text of this teaching.

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