One of the greatest things about other cultures is it gives us insight into things that we could not know because of the limitations of our own culture. As American Christians, we are limited to our culture in our understanding of the word of God, so we miss many of the jewels that are locked within, because Jesus was Jewish and the Bible was written in another culture. As we make the time to seek understanding, we gain wisdom into the wonder of the word of God.
While taking communion the Lord began to share with me about the price He paid for our lives. I Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23 says, “For you were bought with a price…”. Many of us acknowledge that Jesus death on the cross bought our lives, but do we realize the significance of this statement? Living in a culture that does not pay a dowry or bride price, it can be easy to miss the security that is given in the bride price being paid.
In the Jewish tradition, the rabbis in ancient times insisted on the marriage couple’s entering into a marriage contract, called a ketubah. The ketubah provided for an amount to be paid by the husband in the event of a divorce or by his estate in the event of his death. This amount was a replacement of the biblical dower or bride price, which was payable at the time of the marriage by the groom. It may also be noted that both the dower and the ketubah amounts served the same purpose: the protection for the wife should her support (either by death or divorce) cease (www.wikipedia.com).
Jesus’ death on the cross was the bride price He paid to be in a covenant with me, with you, with the church. We are the bride of Christ and He, our bridegroom, paid the bride price which was His life. His death on the cross not only brought us into relationship with Him as our husband/bridegroom, it is a protection of our ever ceasing to be supported. Do you realize what this is saying? Jesus’ death, which was the bride price for our life, takes away all reason to fear!
When He says, in Matthew 6:25, “I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life…” or in Matthew 6:34 where He says, “So, do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow…” The bride price paid for our continual protection and provision. He bought us with a price, we are protected by the bride price. This is so liberating, communion is a reminder, that He paid a high price for us, He is not going to forget us, leave us, or neglect us. How do we know with such certainty, the bride price!