When the joyous wedding procession arrived at the bride’s new home where all the wedding guests were gathering, the groom would take his bride directly to the bridal chamber. It was the responsibility of the Best Man to stand outside the door of the bridal chamber anxiously awaiting the announcement of his friend that the marriage had been consummated. Upon hearing those words from the groom, he would joyously announce the news to the assembled guests and only then would the feast begin. It was this custom that is alluded to in John 3:26-29 which says:
“They came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan--the one you testified about--well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.’ To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.' The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.” (NIV)
Once we know the Jewish customs and heritage against which these teachings of Y'shua Paul and John the Baptist were taught, do they not take on a richer meaning?