Will You Love Me Back......
In Jewish betrothal customs, when a man and woman are to be betrothed the father chooses a bride. During the betrothal ceremony the father offers the son a cup, if the son agrees, he then drinks the cup. After he (the groom) drinks, he hands the same cup to the woman and she drinks of the cup. Though the marriage isn't consummated yet they are in a legal binding engagement.
What did Jesus do when He drank the cup, and He said to the disciples, “Will I not drink the cup My Father has offered to Me” (John 18:11); The father offers the son the cup and he drinks it. Jesus also offers us this same cup.
Ephesians says the Holy Spirit is the ‘siblonot’, the promise and token of marriage. You’ve been sealed with the Holy Spirit, the Promise, until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). The Holy Spirit is that engagement ring, He’s the promise of Jesus' return, He’s the seal of the engagement.
After the betrothal ceremony, Jesus says to them "I’m going to go away and I’m going to be build a house; in my fathers house are many mansions” (John 14:2). He says that He is going away but He will return to us. In Jewish betrothal customs, the man goes away, he builds a home, and the bride does not know when he will return. She’s making herself ready for his return, she has to be ready. Sound familiar? Ten virgins? Five were wise and five were foolish? He returns and he gets the bride.
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