The next step is the process of finding a bride. It is the Father’s responsibility to make the arrangement within Jewish culture to make the arrangement for the bride. We call God the Creator, the Father, and we call Jesus, the Son. There is a reason for that, they very much have a Father to Son relationship when it comes to the ritual of marriage. It is the relationship of a Father of the bridegroom and the Son who is the bridegroom. It is His Father’s responsibility to find Him a bride and make the arrangements for the Son’s bride.
It is God Himself providing a bride for His son, Adam. That’s what Luke calls Adam, God’s son. God not only formed Eve from Adam, but He Himself brought Eve to Adam. In otherwords, God made the introductions and performed the wedding. We also see Abraham making the arrangement, through his servant, for a bride for his son, Isaac. Her name, of course, was Rebekah. We see it again with Isaac and Jacob. Isaac blesses Jacob and sends him away for a bride. Again it was the father’s responsibility to make that arrangement or see that it happens. Therefore the arrangement for a bride is the duty of the father of the groom.
In John 6:44 it says, ““No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them…”(NIV) In other words, we do not even have the capacity to come to Jesus, our Bridegroom, unless the Father Himself makes the introductions. Yes, God makes all the arrangements to provide a bride for His Son. Then in John 10:27-30 we find, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.””(NIV) Here we continue to see this idea played out in the life of Jesus. Did you see it, “My Father who has given them to me”? This is just one example in scripture of Jesus saying something to that affect. His bride had been given to Him. God the Father had made all the arrangements and arranges the introduction.
In the life and ministry this is seen after His baptism and temptation. Yeshua begins to call His disciples. He is calling His Bride to Himself. His Father has laid the ground work and brought them together, now Jesus only needs to say, “Come follow me”. Whether or not they did was up to them. We definitely see an example in Mark 10 with the account of the young ruler when our beloved Yeshua gives the call to come follow Him and the young man rejects that call.
You might ask how God has laid the ground work and made the arrangements, drawing us to His Son. It is not a complicated answer. He made all of us with a need for Him. He made us in His image. However, our sin has corrupted that image in us and we all know there is a problem. We all seek a solution for the corruption within us. Truth is God made the path to Him very clear. He prepared a people to bring forth His Son and to write down His Word. He has told us that He is the solution to our problem of corruption. He calls us to come and reason with Him, He calls us to wisdom, He tells us of His desire to be our God and for us to be His people, He declares His love for us. He has prepared the way!
Answering Yeshua’s Call,