God – The Matchmaker

God – The Matchmaker

betrothal ceremonySince ancient times, the significant role of the Shadkhan (matchmaker) can be seen from its root word, shidukh (match). Its Aramaic translation, sheket (silence) implies tranquility, or peacefulness. The matchmaker’s lineage traces back to God Himself. Though it was customary for the father to choose the bride for his son, in many cases the father relied on the services of a matchmaker to help him choose a person of the highest virtue and integrity. For marital unions between men and women, arranged or not, are ordained by God and indisputably earn the motto Match Made in Heaven.
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From the beginning, God acted as the first Shadkhan, creating Adam and Eve and commanding them to cleave together as “one flesh.” Eve, taken from Adam’s body, became the first bride.
 
We read in Genesis 24 how Abraham’s servant Eliezer (God’s helper) acted as a matchmaker modeled after the Divine and found the suitable bride for Abraham’s son, Isaac. Abraham, having realized the Canaanite women were morally unsuitable, sent Eliezer to find the perfect match from among his own family and of his father’s house. In the same way, God the Father has sent His helper, the Ruach Ha Kodesh, or Holy Spirit, to His family and body of believers to take a bride for His son, Yeshua.
 
God has chosen you to be a part of the Messiah’s bride. Do you sense the Ruach Ha Kodesh wooing you to draw closer? His invitation is for all who are members of His family. Yeshua’s bride will be taken out from His body of believers, just as Eve was taken from Adam. However, not everyone who has received the gift of salvation will RSVP. Believers who continue to live a worldly, or carnal lifestyle will not be ready to meet the Bridegroom because they lack the purity of a spotless bride. It is for this reason that God designed the bond of “oneness” in order for us to grow and deepen our relationship with the Savior during this time of preparation. Come away with the lover of your soul now and make yourself ready for His return!
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We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 KJV)

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