Stages from dating to marriage
After this there was a procession, generally to the home of the bridegroom, where feasting took place that might go on for days.
The processions often took place at night, when torches made for a spectacular display. The ten girls were involved in going out to meet the bridegroom, which makes it appear that they belonged to the brides party.
Next time you are in the back seat of a 54 Chevy at the drive in theatre, think twice before you lift your skirt! Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.
And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.
When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, They have no wine.
And Jesus said to her, Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? His mother said to the servants, Do whatever he tells you. He said to them, Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Notice that Rebekah was asked if she consented to the marriage.
(Song of Solomon 14) If the husband divorced his wife for no reason or "cause", or took a second wife without permission, he must return the bride's entire inventory of assets to her and pay the set "Bride Price" cash to the father of the bride.
They would then have had their place in the procession to the bridegrooms home for the feast." (Pillar New Testament Commentary, Mt 25:1) But after these things they brought word to Jonathan and Simon his brother, that the children of Ambri were making a great marriage, and were bringing the bride from Nadabath with a great train, a daughter of one of the great nobles of Canaan.
And they remembered John their brother, and went up, and hid themselves under the covert of the mountain; and they lifted up their eyes, and saw, and behold, a great ado and much baggage; and the bridegroom came forth, and his friends and his brethren to meet them (i.e.
Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.
Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.