We start off thinking we are unknown to our creator but He tells us that we are part of His plan-
Jer 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
Ps 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
We cannot hide from God
Jer 23:24 Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD
The Lord pursues us and woos us to Him. We love, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
Jesus is wanting to start a relationship with some of you today – like first love.
From Genesis to Revelation, Pappa has written us a love story. If we understand the Ketubah and the symbolism, we will understand the wooing of our bridegroom to where we become His triumphant bride.
In Genesis the Katubah is violated and judgments systematically fall on mankind for violating God’s ‘Ketubah’. The Ketubah was simply a Jewish wedding contract, and it’s structure and content happens to be reflected throughout scripture. Most Christians understand the concept of the ‘Wedding Supper of the Lamb’, where we find Jesus Christ as the groom and the Church as the bride. But rarely have we heard of the Jewish wedding contract that provides the basis for this future marriage. So the first thing we need to is examine the basic tenets of the typical Ketubah, because one day soon this divine contract will determine who is at the Wedding Supper, and who is not.
Ancient Hebrew Betrothal
In Western culture, the marriage process is typically preceded by an ‘engagement’, which is the promise of marriage at a later date. This concept springs from the ‘betrothal’ process that has been conducted in the east for thousands of years, although engagement and betrothal are not necessarily synonymous. Betrothal actually takes on many additional legal ramifications, and forms one basis for the entire New Testament. Then, the book of Revelation describes the culmination of that process in the future ‘Wedding Supper of the Lamb’;
Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Rev 19:9)
Because of the importance of this process and how it relates to the message of the New Testament, and therefore the Revelation, it becomes essential to learn how the ancient Hebrew betrothal process unfolded.
As you may already know, most ancient marriages in the east were arranged by the parents of the bride and groom. The parents, particularly the father, had to approve of the prospective spouse before betrothal could take place.
The Father Decides
When the groom’s father decided the time was right to make the marriage proposal, the father and son would go to the prospective bride’s house. When they arrived, the prospective groom would stand at the door and knock. This in itself constituted a formal marriage proposal, as modeled by Jesus in Revelation 3:20;
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock……….”
Opening the door alone did not denote a marriage, it was merely an agreement to pursue the terms of a prospective marriage. But the proper terms would first have to be negotiated before any legally binding contract could be made.
It’s an interesting commentary on Jewish culture that while this process was legally binding on the groom at this point, it was not legally binding on the bride. In fact, the bride could legally withdraw from the betrothal at any time throughout the entire process, including right up until the time of the actual marriage ceremony. Notice the ramifications this has with Jesus and His betrothed bride, the Church.
Opening the Door
When they heard the prospective groom’s knock at the door, the bride’s father would look at his daughter for a sign of her approval. If she agreed to this arrangement, he then opened the door and allowed the groom and his father inside. By opening the door, the bride was announcing her intent to marry the groom. But again, a proper legal arrangement would first have to be made. At this point, the marriage was far from a done deal.
CUP 1 – The Cup of Sanctification
As soon as they were invited inside, a 1st CUP of wine was consumed by the groom and his father, along with the bride and her entire family. This could be a rather large group, since her entire extended family was generally in attendance, having been warned ahead of time.
This first cup was called the “Cup of Sanctification”. The Old Testament equivalent was known as a ‘blood covenant’, which we will refer to in later lessons, and it was a literal covenant that each family was making to serve the other. This was no small promise, since servanthood demanded responsibilities from each party involved, and there were legal remedies if the various parties did not perform these duties.
First stage of our Covenant
Slaves, bondservants or servant
Once we accept Jesus and His salvation we start a journey of servant hood and deliverance. God is our Master and we serve Him. We feel in the beginning that we need to follow rules but as we walk with Jesus so our love and relationship grows.
Throughout the New Testament, the word bondservant, slave, or servant is applied metaphorically to someone absolutely devoted to Jesus. Paul, Timothy, James, Peter, and Jude all describe themselves as “bondservants of Christ” (Romans 1:1; James 1:1;2 Peter 1:1
Paul and Timothy, servants1 of Christ Jesus,
1 Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and abrother of James
We are called to be bondservants or slaves of Christ (1 Corinthians 7:22;Ephesians 6:6;2 Timothy 2:24). He is our Lord, and our allegiance is due to Him alone. As bondservants, we renounce other masters (Matthew 6:24) and give ourselves totally to Him
Being a bondservant of Christ is not drudgery. His “burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). Also, we have this promise:
“Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life”
We enter situations thinking like a slave and reacting like a slave. The biggest contributor to not progressing to the next stage of our covenant is Fear.
Fear, in humans, goes back to the Garden. Fear started there and has actually been encoded onto our DNA ever since… so dealing with it simply in the here and now will only have results up to a point…
What would you say was the first consequence of Adam and Eve eating from the tree in the middle of the garden?
Normally we would say that it was that they were banished from the Garden.
In Gen 3:8 we see their first reaction: “And they heard the voice of the LORD God and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord”.
But why did they hide?
Gen 3:10 says “And he (Adam) said, I heard Thy voice in the garden and I was afraid”
I would like to propose that first consequence was fear. But more than fear it was dread
In fact, the “fear” Adam and Eve would have felt would have been akin to a devastation. It was actually traumatic if one considers their intense closeness/intimacy with God up to that point.
It is that feeling of having “fallen from grace” and not knowing what to expect now. Fear and dread intermingle and you have a sense that something been lost, somehow nothing will be the same again and you feel devastated because now God or someone close to you will look at you differently. Not with the same unconditional love and acceptance, it feels to you, and there is a very real sense that they will now SEE you differently… And you feel devastated!
Their absolute devastation. Going from the ultimate intimacy to hiding from God and being put out of the Garden… I do not think we can begin to imagine the devastation and the trauma they must have experienced and then the dread, facing the unknown without the close intimacy with Pappa that has been their reality up until that point.
Scientists are finding evidence that fear can indeed change our DNA and allow for it to be transferred to our offspring.
Fear is an emotion, an unspoken memory, stored in special parts of the brain. It provokes rapid, almost instinctual reactions.
It appears that a major portion of the genetic contribution to human fear and anxiety involves neuro-transmitters and their receptors. Scientists say it is quite possible that we as humans have also inherited generations of fears and experiences. Studies on humans suggest that children and grandchildren may have felt the epigenetic impact of such traumatic events such as famine, the Holocaust and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
When Adam and Eve experienced that dread, that devastation, it would not have happened in isolation. They would have started thinking and believing certain lies – otherwise why did they hide?
So let’s discuss some lies that would have entered:
Or if you are more brazen:
Fear robs our minds of peace, it distorts our understanding, it magnifies our problems, it breaks our relationships, it ruins our health, it goads us into foolish, impulsive and sometimes violent action and it paralyses our thinking, trusting and loving.
It is obsessive and distorts reality in 3 ways
What the lies of the enemy does
Fear, stress and anxiety
Greatest cause of all illness today:
When you don’t feel loved and secure you fight for survival. Rejection brings fear, you’re always checking over your shoulder. Extreme or chronic stress trigger a wide set of body functions eg blood pressure and blood sugar levels are constantly raised so that the body can cope with emergencies. As a result Cortisol is excreted for long periods which starts to destroy the immune system. Your body starts to attack itself.
As the person lives in fear and self-rejection the body takes on a profile of death. When you deny your existence as God sees you and reject yourself in creation, a spirit of death comes to agree with you.
2 Tim 1:7
Antidote to fear is fellowship with the Godhead “God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
Love=God the Father
1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
John 14:27Amplified Bible (AMP)
27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
Prayer for DNA (modified)
I repent for all ungodly beliefs by me and my family line that has allowed ungodly inscriptions to be written on any of my genes and within the DNA base sequence.
I ask Lord that You would go into the enemy’s library and destroy all books that contain the enemies inscriptions written on my DNA, RNA and proteins.
I ask Lord that You go into the righteous library and search for the original design of my DNA, RNA and proteins and imprint it on my DNA, RNA and proteins.
Lord please clean off all ungodly paths connected to my DNA, RNA and proteins and restore the original paths. Please correctly connect each gene to the righteous lines.
Lord please remove all ungodly inscriptions on any altars or in any covenants.
Please remove my DNA, RNA and proteins from the ungodly length, width, height and depth.
Please correct the sound, resonance and frequency of each strand of DNA in each chromosome. I ask you Lord remove the enemies resonance of evil.
I ask Lord that you can disconnect each base from any ungodly moon, star, star system, zodiac, constellation and galaxy.
I ask you to redesign the inscription on my genes to Your original blueprint and intent. I ask Lord that You will remove any gene out of any ungodly time lines. Lord, as You pick up each gene, I ask You to clean it and then put it back in the correct location.
I ask Lord that You will cancel all blood, salt and threshold covenants in my family line that have corrupted each DNA, RNA and protein.
I ask You to heal all of the mitochondria.
I shut each door that has been opened to evil that has allowed evil to affect each base, base pair, gene chromosome and all my DNA. I ask that You will open all doors that should be opened to each base, base pair, gene, chromosome and all my DNA so the righteous gate cannot be closed.
I declare the correction of each base, base pair, gene, chromosome and all my DNA is accomplished by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Lord I ask that You will remove any foreign DNA and RNA from any captured part that is still stuck in any ungodly dimension and/or ungodly grid.
Lord please disconnect me from any ungodly entities and their ungodly belief systems.
Jesus I thank You that ________________ is restored to his/her original design and blueprint in You.
(Copyright Aslan’s Place and modified by Access41)
Fear and lack of identity keep us as slaves believing that we only deserve our salvation, of which we often are not sure. We can’t accept that Pappa can love us no matter what and even if we never did anything to please Him, He would still love of exactly the same as His love is totally unconditional.
Written by Claudia Purser