First off, Yeshua went through what is known as the mikvah.
Mikvah is water immersion of a perspective bridegroom and bride done separately before the Kiddushin (their engagement ceremony). Typically, this is practiced only by the bride, but the bridegroom can also go through the ritual.
For the perspective bride and bridegroom it was a physical representation of them passing from being unmarried to being married.
Now, let’s see Jesus go through the mikvah. In Matthew 3:13-17 it says, “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.””
We call this Jesus’ baptism. He is going though the mikvah. I want to look at the two times in scripture Jesus is actually referred to as the bridegroom because you might be scratching your head saying, “Yah, that’s His baptism, how do you get the fact that that is a Jewish mikvah and that He is going through a mikvah ritual. They did celebrate the mikvah for other occasions as well:
1. A woman would go through the mikvah after her monthly.
2. The High Priest would go through the waters of the mikvah after being in the Holy of Holies once a year.
Yes, there were other reasons to go through the mikvah. These were primarily issues of clean verses unclean. Our purpose here is to take a look at Scripture to see that He is doing this specifically as the bridegroom.
Read John 3:27-29.
“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.”
That of course is John the Baptist speaking of Jesus the bridegroom.
Read Matthew 9:14-15.
“Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.”
That is Jesus referring to Himself as the bridegroom, but did you notice who He was talking to. He’s talking to the disciples of John the Baptist. Both times in Scripture that we see Jesus referred to as the bridegroom it is either John talking about Jesus or it is Jesus talking to the disciples of John. There is a connection between John the Baptist and Jesus and it is part of His role as the bridegroom. For some reason, both Jesus and John seem to understand the baptism of Jesus as a part of His role as the bridegroom, Jesus’ mikvah. They both seem to understand that. That is the one connection they have. He was fulfilling a Jewish wedding ritual.
Thankful for My Bridegroom,
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- From Genesis to Revelation: Jesus our Bridegroom (estherslegacy.com)
We will start by taking a look at Jesus as our Bridegroom. We will do this by studying Jewish wedding rituals and then seeing from Scripture how Jesus life and ministry fulfilled His role as a Jewish Bridegroom. We will be discussing Scripture from cover to cover, from Genesis to Revelation, so keep your hats on, it’s going to be a wild adventure through the greatest love story ever told.
Jesus is revealed in Scripture from beginning to end and many of us have heard many times how the story of Scripture is from garden to garden, but as we will see that is only the place, awesome and wonderful as it is. What we will discover in our study is that it is the relationship in each garden that matters. What is that relationship? That is what we will find so fascinating and thrilling at the same time.
Like I said we are going to be looking at a lot of Scripture. I am aware that many of you know that Jesus is our bridegroom and that He spoke of some of His responsibilities as the Bridegroom such as when He said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” We know that’s there. But I want to show you how much Scripture is loaded with it. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be a lot of information to process, but also very fulfilling in the end, so I am asking you from the start to hang in there to the end because we are headed straight for the Wedding and the Wedding Feast. Are you ready?
We will dive right in tomorrow by taking a look at the first step Jesus took as our bridegroom, continuing, of course, with the rest of the steps Yesuah took as our Bridegroom in the days ahead.
We will then do an in depth study of The Bride, The Unity of the Bride, and The Wedding and The Wedding Feast.
Your Sister in Christ,
We have come to the discussion of the annual celebration of Purim that is celebrated on the 14th and 15th of Adar. For those in the rural areas it is the 14th while for those in the city it is the 15th. This is due to the extra day of fighting in the city of Susa, the city of the king in the time of the events.
They are days of rejoicing and celebration. Life has been granted. Life can once again be lived and lived to the full so there was feasting. God is praised and worshiped. The people once again begin to love, help and look out for each other’s daily needs in life. That is why they share portions of food – a daily need – with each other.
Mordecai then steps in again and with the power and position God has given him writes down the events and also sends a letter to all the Jews in the kingdom of Xerxes, even those in Israel, to instruct them to hold this celebration annually. They were to be remembered as days when mourning and sorrow were turned to gladness. God had given them rest from their enemies, true rest – a Sabbath rest. Yes, God is the one who gives rest, rest from work, rest from sin, rest from our enemies and from death – rest, peace and safety. This rest allowed them (and us) to live life the way God had always intended, truly devoted to Him, loving Him, worshiping Him and loving others. This life put Him and His kingdom first and seeks after His treasures.
The Jews were now free to live that life once again. Mordecai wants to make sure they understand that these days need to be remembered. However, full and complete rest had not yet come, the poor were (and are) still among them so Mordecai also calls on them to celebrate this rests with gifts to the poor.
As for the Jews, they did adhere to the words of Mordecai. They were thankful for his position in the kingdom and they praised God for it. In other words, they were not jealous of the position God had given him. God had done it for a reason just as He had with Joseph.
Judgment came to Haman, the enemy of the Jews, and to his son’s on the authority of the king. Our enemy and all his sons will also be defeated and judged by our King. Just as Haman’s schemes were turned on him so will the schemes of Satan be turned on him. Haman had used the pur, the lot, to decide the time and so the time would be named Purim. Only what the enemy meant for death and distruction would now be used for life and celebration. (Romans 8:28)
So because of what Mordecai had written to them and because of what they had seen and experienced themselves the Jews established and received this celebration for themselves, their seed and for all who allied themselves to them (all those who became Jews – for us this would be all of those brought into the nation of Israel as adopted sons and daughters by the blood of Yeshua our Messiah, our King). They would hold this celebration annually. The days of Purim were not to pass away or the memory of these days and from among their seed.
Then Queen Esther and Mordechai wrote with full authority of the kingdom another letter to the Jews. In other words, this was an official letter of court, of the court of Persia. This official letter was one of peace and truth regarding the events. Notice this, it was a letter of peace and truth, not one of confusion and lies. Yes, there would come a day when some would attempt to rewrite history and tell lies, but Queen Esther and Mordechai did everything within their power to make sure the truth was told all throughout the kingdom of the king.
Also, take note that the days of Purim were also entered into the official court records and that the Queen and Mordechai were not asking the rest of the Jews to do anything they themselves or their seed were not doing. Queen Esther and Mordechai knew these days well and had experienced the full brunt of them. They knew that not only were they now days of celebration, but also that many days of fasting and lamentation had preceded these days of celebration. They had been on their knees before God Almighty and he had heard their cry for help and they also wanted to make sure everyone remembered that as well. That is why they also gave instructions for the Jews to have days of fasting and lamentation before celebrating the festival of Purim, which they still do today. All of these customs for the celebration of Purim were established at the command of Queen Esther and written in the book. I believe the book that is spoken of here is the book we know of as Esther. That’s right, I believe the book known as Esther was written at her command and therefore bears her name.
Epilogue: Chapter 10 seems to read more like an epilogue written after the deaths of Xerxes and Mordechai. It acknowledges both men, but primarily Mordecai and the position he was given by Xerxes, second only to Xerxes, and how he was held in high esteem by his people. Mordecai was always looking out for the interests of his people and they knew it. He loved his nation and they loved him. And let this fact at the very end truly sink in, all these things were written in the annuals of the Kings of Media and Persia.
God be Praised,
The Events of Purim (estherslegacy.com)