FOUR COVENANTS IN KETUBAH
Part 3 Inheritance and Sonship

Sons inherit, we are all sons as daughters don’t inherit

Eph 1:17-23  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spiritf of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Sons walk into the house of God and open the fridge. Sons go into the courtrooms of heaven

Jer 23:18

But which of them has stood in the council of the Lord

to see or to hear his word?

Who has listened and heard his word?

And 22

But if they had stood in my council,

they would have proclaimed my words to my people

and would have turned them from their evil ways

and from their evil deeds.

Story of angels in heaven making way for us as family.

CUP 3 – The “Cup of Inheritance”

Assuming that the negotiations were ultimately succesful, the bride and groom alone would consume the 3rd CUP, known as the “Cup of Inheritance” however it essentially served as the ‘inheritance covenant’ between the parties.  This Cup signified that the bride now had a shared inheritance with the groom.  At this point, if either of the betrothed parties died before the wedding took place, they would still inherit from the other’s estate.

Hopefully another antennae is going up in your mind when you read this, because in our betrothal with Jesus Christ, well…….we have to note that He did in fact die before His wedding took place, because our inheritance in Jesus’ kingdom is still legally binding as His ‘betrothed’.  

Sandals?
The concept of inheritance has an interesting symbol in the Old Testament that applies to the betrothal process. If you’ve spent any time reading the Old Testament stories, you may recall several instances where sandals were taken off and given to others when land deals were made, or when people inherited or redeemed property, just know that sandals were always used to symbolize inheritance in ancient cultures. 

This concept is what Jesus was presenting to the disciples in the upper room before the Last Supper. Jesus was taking off their sandals and washing their feet, signifying their inheritance in His Kingdom.  But this was not understood by the disciples, and Peter initially balked at the idea;
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”…..

But Jesus knew that unless Peter took part in this ceremony, he could not inherit in His kingdom.  So Jesus made it quite plain to him with His reply as recorded in John 13:8;

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” 

Jesus was essentially entering into the ‘inheritance covenant’ with Peter and the disciples, which Peter was unknowingly rejecting.

The ‘Ketubah’

Okay, back to the betrothal.  Once the 3rd CUP had been consumed and this was finally considered a ‘done deal’, the fathers would call for a Scribe. This was often a Priest, and the Scribe/Priest would record all of the details and terms of the agreement that they had reached during negotiations. The resulting wedding contract was known as a’Ketubah’. 

The In-Laws

Once the Ketuba was signed, the bride and groom were now legally bound, and all that remained was for each to fulfill the requirements of their contract.  The groom’s parents now legally had a ‘daughter-in-law’, the bride’s parents had a ‘son-in-law’, and the two sets of parents were ‘in-laws’.  This legal arrangement was illustrated in the account of Lot in Genesis 19:14;

“So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters.” 

Although Lots daughters were not yet formally married, Lot had two sons-in-law because they were formally betrothed.  This concept stands in stark contrast to our western culture, where this legal arrangement does not actually occur until the wedding day.  But keep in mind that throughout this entire process, the bride could still withdraw at any time, even though the groom was still legally bound to continue.

As sons we are betrothed to Jesus and we are legally His heirs. The marriage has not been consummated yet but we function with full inheritance rights.

During the writing and signing of the Ketubah we receive our title deeds to our inheritance.

TITLE DEED


This is to certify that _____________________________is a son of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  (Galatians 3:26)

Because you are His son, God has sent the Spirit of His Son, Jesus, into your heart, crying out, Abba Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir to God through Christ Jesus.  (Galatians 4:6-7 NKJ)

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom you cry out “Abba Father”.  The Spirit Himself bears witness with your spirit that you are a child of God, and if a child, then an heir of God and joint heir with Christ. (Romans 8:15-17a NKJ)

He has predestined you for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will – to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given you in the One He loves. (Ephesians 1:5-6 NIV)

As an overcomer, you shall inherit all things, and I will be your God and you shall be My son. (Revelation 21:7 NKJ)

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We need to begin the process of expectation. We are worthy to expect and receive. This is where the poverty spirit gets dealt with.

1 Corinthians 2:9 says:

“But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’”

And then James 1:17 says: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

And: “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit (Psalm 51:12).

Then there’s Jesus: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

And how about: “And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.

The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.

And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them” (Deuteronomy 28:11-13).

Yesterday and tomorrow are memories or dreams. Don’t try to live there. We often try to recreate a memory instead of asking Pappa what He has for us which would probably be so different and so much bigger but in His time. Do we have the patience and discipline to wait? Can we say no to ourselves?

Start to call in provision. Call in what you see in the Spirit because you have that authority, you are in the family business.

Written by Claudia Purser

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