THE MYSTERY OF THE CHUPPAH

No one has ever gazed upon the fullness of God’s splendor except the uniquely beloved Son, who is cherished by the Father and held close to his heart. Now he has unfolded to us the full explanation of who God truly is!John 1:18 (AMP)

The chuppah is associated with weddings, specifically it is the structure where the bride and groom tie the knot during their wedding ceremony and declare their vows to each other. Wedding originated from God, it was His idea and He officiated the first marriage in the garden of Eden between Adam and His wife, who was created from his rib.

And the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man He made (fashioned, formed) into a woman, and He brought her and presented her to the man.(Gen. 2:22) 

Similarly, we, the bride of Christ Jesus, were birthed from His side, after Christ had died on the cross, a soldier thrust a spear into His heart. Blood and water miraculously poured forth (John 19:32–35). Blood and water are present at a birth. Spiritually the event signified the bringing forth of the bride of the Lord Jesus as God formed Eve (a type of the bride) from the opened side of Adam (a type of Christ) (Gen. 2:21–22; Rom. 5:14).

In ancient Israel, it was the tradition that the bridegroom had to prepared a place in his father’s house for the couple to begin life together. This place was symbolized by the chuppah which is a large, square piece of cloth held up by four poles. The bridegroom enters the chuppah first and the bride comes in later . This custom began at the very first wedding. God fashioned Eve and brought her to Adam who was already in the garden. Likewise Jesus Christ, our bridegroom and forerunner is already in heaven preparing a place for us and we will join Him later when the church is raptured.

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me,” Jesus said (John 6:37). The Father “gives” or betroths His children to His Son here on Earth at the time when each one is born again of the Spirit and enters the kingdom (John 3:3, 5–6).

For the Christian the chuppah is “in the bosom of the Father” Himself. Basically the chuppah represents our Heavenly Father. The Lord calls this “My Father’s house” where His own on Earth are to abide in spirit even now (John 1:18; 14:2–3; 17:24; Col. 3:3).

At Jewish betrothals, the words “Blessed is he who comes” are chanted as the bridegroom approaches the chuppah. These same five words were shouted by the multitude of disciples who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem (Matt.21:9). This verse is part of the song to accompany the procession to the chuppah. In Jewish ceremonies it is a custom to play music that is chosen with great care as the bride is led to the canopy. The music is meant to exalt God.

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