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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:30

The Gospel and the Christian Family Lesson 5

The Gospel and the Christian Family

Wedding

Announcement–Then and Now

Then
The best man was sent out by the bridegroom sometime after sundown to announce the coming of the bridegroom.  The bride and her friends would gather to prepare for his coming, which could be at any moment.  At the time of his choosing, the bridegroom would come, take the bride to the courtyard of his father’s house where the wedding would take place.

In what ways, if any, did this reflect what happened in the marriage covenant of salvation?

Now
Wedding announcements are made by invitation or in some form of media.  They are technically made by, or in the name of, the parents?

In what ways do wedding announcements express our faith?

What was yours like, or what do you hope it will some day be like

The Ceremony–Then and Now

Then
The wedding ceremony was very simple.  The groom would bring her into the courtyard of his father’s house, where there would be a ceremony under the stars in remembrance of the promise to Abraham “so shall your descendents be” (Genesis 15:5).  The groom would promise to marry himself to her, would drink of a cup of wine, smash the container, and they were married.

In what ways, if any, did this reflect what happened in the marriage covenant of salvation?

Now
The bride comes in, dressed in white, and joins the groom.  They make vows to God and each other to be faithful in their relationships, and are declared married.  These vows are preceded by the reading of God’s Word, which establishes God promises, and the service is concluded with prayer and the benediction.

In what ways, if any, do these practices reflect the marriage covenant of salvation?

Would you change present customs in any way to make them a greater reflection of this marriage covenant?

The Feast/Reception – Then and Now

Then
After the ceremony, the wedding feast would begin.  The whole town was invited to join the wedding feast.  Attire was provided by the father of the groom.  The feast would last up to a week.  The groom would take the bride into the bridal chamber where he would consummate the marriage.  He would then go back and forth between the bridal chamber and the feast,celebrating the feast, and bringing the fruits of the feast to her in the bridal chamber.  Near the end of the celebration she would come out to the feast to join the final celebration.

In what ways, if any, did these practices reflect the marriage covenant of salvation?

Now
After the wedding, a reception of some kind is held to celebrate the marriage with family and friends.  This celebration has taken various forms over the years and varies now from cake and punch celebrations in the church to large dinners at a reception hall.

In what ways, if at all, do these customs reflect the marriage covenant of salvation?

What did/do you plan and why?

 

 

 

 

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