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The Marriage Contract (Ketubah)

Reading the KetubahIn a traditional betrothal, the engaged couple enters into a covenant with the signing of the ketubah. In this marriage contract are the terms of their agreement, such as the bride price and provisions the bridegroom agrees to make. It also names the wife as the heir to the estate, should he die.

It is for this reason that they have a wedding ceremony-to sanctify and bless the contract. Properly signed and witnessed, the document is given to the bride, and she is instructed to keep it with her at all times, since there can be no marital relations if it is lost or destroyed.

Rich in commitment, the ketubah is read aloud for all to hear of their mutual devotion toward one another. The custom of reading the ketubah aloud is rooted in the great wedding between God and Israel, when Moses received the Torah. In Exodus 24:7 it says, “Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, We will do everything the Lord has said; We will obey.”

Just as a bride cherishes her beautiful ketubah for its rich promises, the Bride of Christ must cherishes her ketubah, the Torah & B’rit Hadashah (New Covenant or Testament), which is full of promises from our Bridegroom,Yeshua (Jesus). If we do not keep our covenant, we will be as like the foolish, unable to enter in and consummate the marriage. For there can be no marital relations if it is lost or destroyed (not fulfilled).