By Zola Levitt
The attractive tale of the marriage customs of Israel in Messiah’s time and the way He fulfilled those traditions in calling out His bride, the Church. A extraordinary and encouraging instance of scriptural common sense and style.
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But then he comes with a shout: And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him (v. 6). We will see by the ensuing verses that only those virgins with their lamps trimmed with oil were able to go with the bridegroom. The others, suddenly realizing that they were not properly prepared, went out to purchase oil, but they were too late: And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Over at the bride's house, things had better be ready! To be sure, the bride would be surprised since the groom would try to come at midnight while she was sleeping. But the oil lamps were ready and the bride had her veil. And while she might be sleeping in her wedding dress, she was definitely surprised. It's a wonder she would sleep at all as the year went on! Now there were rules to be observed in consideration of a woman's feelings. The groom couldn't just rush in on her. After all, her hair might be in rollers!
But she would be returning through these same streets a week later with her groom and then her veil would be off. At the return of the bride with her bridegroom, all the people would know just who got married and they would realize the total significance of this wedding. When the wedding party reached the house of the groom's father, the bride and groom would go into their chamber and shut the door. No one else would enter. The groom's father, meanwhile, would have assembled the wedding guests—his friends—and they would be ready to celebrate the new marriage.
A Christian love story by Zola Levitt