Posted by: forfreedomalone | 03/08/2019

Two questions, part 2.

Further to the previous post, the second question was, “Is it true that He is fasting for us in heaven, until the time He returns?”

We established that the Lord’s Supper is really Pesach, but with understanding of the true, higher, spiritual meaning of what happened on that fearful night in Egypt.

However, there is another level of understanding in this meal and it is the understanding of the ancient Jewish meal of betrothal.

When a young man wanted to ask a girl to marry him he would go to her house, with his father, and knock on the door. If the door was opened to him it was the sign that she has accepted his proposal.{1} Of course, there would be a bit of history in their relationship before this time. He would have some reason to hope that his proposal would be accepted, otherwise, he wouldn’t go in the first place.

Having been admitted to the house he and his father, along with the girl, her father and her whole family would take a glass of wine. Then the boy and his father would sit down to a meal with the girl and her family and during the meal the terms of the marriage would be debated and finally agreed. What would he bring to the marriage? What would she? How much money would she be given to make the household goods women made? How would they resolve disputes? With what would he provide her? So many questions had to be agreed.

When this was all sorted out they all drank a second cup of wine.

Now the boy and his father would return home and prepare a home for her. The father would grant the boy a piece of land attached to his own house for the boy to build a home for his bride. {2} When this was done he would return for the girl and the marriage would take place. In the meantime, she had duties to perform too. She was expected to remain chased, to invest the money hse had been given and to produce goods to furnish their home. She was by no means expected to be idle. {3}

Before the boy left the two of them would drink a third cup of wine and then neither would drink it again until the day of their marriage. {4} Then the wine would seal their agreement and the glass would be broken, so that no one could ever drink from it again, so sacred was the union.

So what does all that have to do with the question?
Well, Jesus said, “I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until the day when I drink it anew with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

He took the third cup with them, his bride, his chosen, his elect ones, at the Pesach supper and he would not touch it again until he returned as the Groom for his Bride.

The Lord’s Supper is not just a commemoration of the Passover, it is also the table of betrothal. The moment when the Groom proposed to his bride and the terms had been agreed. He would now return to his father house to prepare a place for her and will return to collect her. He expects to find her pure, chased and in white linen when he returns. Then they will drink the fourth cup together in eternal celebration.

I am not sure if or how one drinks wine in heaven, but, at least symbolically, Jesus is fasting from it until he returns for the marriage of the Lamb.

{1} Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if any man hears my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him and he with me. (Rev 3:20)

{2} In my Father’s house are many mansions…. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)

{3} Almost every one of Jesus’ parables cover this.

{4} But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. (Matt 26:29)

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