The Jewish Betrothal Cup

The Jewish Betrothal Cup

Betrothal CupIn Judaism, the prospective bridegroom pops the question by pouring a cup of wine for his beloved, then anxiously awaits her response to his proposal. If she sips from the Kiddush (sanctification) cup, she shows her willingness to enter this union by saying “yes” to his proposal. Their shared cup of wine at a Jewish betrothal ceremony called Br’it (covenant) symbolizes the sealing of their marriage covenant in blood. The betrothed couple, for all legal purposes, is married.

We see Yeshua (Jesus) drinking from the B’rit cup with His disciples after the Passover dinner, sealing the marriage covenant with His bride. Lifting the cup with His right hand, Yeshua (Jesus) recites the Jewish blessing over the wine. As the True Vine speaks, He blesses the fruit of His Father’s vine and praises the Creator for His bride-His choice fruit. He continues saying, “Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:27-28 KJV).
 
In biblical times, it was customary for an Israelite to pay a mohar, or price, for his bride to her father . . . As His beloved bride, we too have been bought with a price and no longer belong to ourselves. We are His totally. Treasure the priceless gift of Yeshua’s (Jesus) love; Hold it close to your heart. He paid it for you!

For that solemn night in the Upper Room in Jerusalem, Yeshua (Jesus) knew that in just a few hours He would not be lifting up a cup of wine to share with His bride, but a heavy cross that only He could bear. It was for us, His bride, that He drank this cup of suffering. And now, as only we can, we accept His marriage proposal and drink from His cup.

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