The Great Banquet
Wedding preparations and celebrations in biblical times were even more ______________ and involved than those of today and they also _________ __________. Biblical weddings consisted of three stages:
The first stage was the _____________________ .
- It was a marriage contract signed by both ________________________.
- It was legally ______________ and could only be broken through _______________.
- The parents of the bridegroom or the bridegroom himself would pay a ________________ to the bride or her parents.
- Example in scripture (Matthew 1:18; Luke 2:5)
The second stage of the a wedding was the _____________________ .
- A time of ___________________ just before the actual ceremony
- Groom and his attendants would ________________ the bride and her attendants to his father’s house
- This custom is the basis of the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1–13.
The presentation led up to the third stage which was the _______________ _________________ .
- Which might go on for days, as illustrated by the wedding at Cana in John 2:1–2.
- Vows were exchanged and after the ceremony would come a final meal.
- Followed by the consummation of the marriage
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
The church’s betrothal was signed in __________ ________ when the Father promised the Son a redeemed people and wrote their names in the Book of Life. Ephesians 1:3-5, II Corinthians 11:2
The dowry paid to God the Father for the bride was the _______ of Christ _______ on the Bride’s behalf. (Ephesians 1:7)
The presentation symbolizes the ____________ of the Church, when Christ comes to claim His bride and take her to the Father’s house. (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The marriage supper then follows as the third and final step. (Revelation 19:6-10)
True love does not exist in the __________ of _________ ; true love only exists in the ___________ of it.
Step of obedience: