Let’s take a look at the Jewish wedding customs of Y'shua’s day, specifically the Bride price and the covenant. In Y'shua’s time, there was no dating. When a young man was ready to marry, his father would take him to the father of the bride who had been chosen for him, with a marriage covenant and bride price in hand. Sons remained with the family, ran the family business and cared for their parents in their
old age. It was felt that the father of a well raised young woman should be rewarded or remunerated by the family of the groom for his efforts and expenses in raising a bride without spot or wrinkle. Therefore a covenant or marriage contract obliging the groom’s family to love and care for the bride was presented to her father along with a substantial sum of treasure called the bride price. If the contract and the bride price were acceptable to the father of the bride, the groom proposed to the bride.
Paul was alluding to the bride price when he said: “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor; 6:20 NASB) Y'shua alluded to both the wedding covenant and the bride price when He said: "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it,in remembrance of Me." (1 Corinthians 11:25 NASB) In my next post, I will explore the significance of “the cup” in the Jewish wedding tradition of Y'shua's day.