When the bride accepted the proposal by drinking from the cup, the couple was betrothed and would need a divorce to separate. Immediately after the bride and groom drank from the cup sealing the betrothal, the groom and his father departed. As he left the home of the bride’s father, the groom would turn to the bride and say: “I go to prepare a place for you.” The groom would immediately begin building a home or bridal chamber for his bride on his father’s property, often by adding an apartment onto his father’s house. This is what Y'shua alluded to when he said: “In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3 NIV)
During the time of her betrothal, the bride was known as “consecrated” (i.e. set apart) and “bought with a price”. She wore a veil to signify that she was no longer available from the day of her betrothal until her husband revealed his bride to the community on the seventh day of the wedding feast. This is where the veiling custom of current day brides originated. Y'shua’s disciples understood the spousal nature of their relationship with Y'shua. Understanding the Jewish backdrop against which Y'shua taught enables us to understand as well. More in my next post on the wedding tradition of Y"shua's day.