Talmud, Marriage and New Life in Messiah
As a Messianic Jewish leader, one of my greatest joys has been participating in Jewish Weddings, where as the L-rd’s people we are called to witness a man and woman joining as echad (or, one) under the Chuppah in marriage before Adonai! Most notably however is this imagery of how G-d as a husband, has sought out Israel, and in covenant relationship made œher (us) his bride. As Messianic believers, this takes on an even fuller dimension, for as stated in 2 Corinthians 11:2, we are presented as a pure virgin (or kadosh) to our one husband – Yeshua ha Mashiach!
In essence, through trusting, we become the Bride of the Mashiach!
How many times have we been around older married couples that not only complete one another’s sentences, but at times even seem to know what the other person is thinking before they even say it? Some have even confessed that they have a hard time telling where they personally end and their spouse begins!
In essence, they are echad!
In reviewing such imagery, I recently uncovered an amazing Tractate of the Talmud, where our Sages in Sanhedrin 14a, (in referencing Yevamot 63a), state that a man who lives without a woman is not an man (or Adam) at all, for it says male and female he created them, and He called their name Adam, therefore [after marriage] he is as if he is a new entity and therefore his sins are forgiven [meaning] one who converts [to Adonai] is as if he was Born Again as they saith, A convert is like a newborn child!
As per the Rabbi’s, as with this imagery of marriage, Coming in faith (or in Conversion) to Adonai is therefore a transformational event, which leaves the individually eternally changed! To this end, the Rabbis remind that when a person comes to faith in the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, it is not just a legal stipulation which he/she is now following, but in that new relationship with G-d they are transformed as seen in their receiving the mikvah and accept Torah (or the instructions of Adonai)! As such the Rabbis conclude that coming to faith is transformational in nature because it is grounded in an atonement, which G-d alone can provide, by which the adherent is “Born Again”!
Is it therefore any wonder that in Yochanan (John) chapter 3 in the Newer Testament, that Yeshua told Nikdimon:
Unless a person is Born Again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of G-d indeed, I tell you that unless a person is born from water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of G-d. What is born from the flesh is flesh, and what is born from the Spirit is spirit. Stop being amazed at my telling you that you must be Born Again from above!
So, this day when you recall the time you came to faith in Messiah Yeshua, be reminded that on that day you were likewise were married to Him in grace and sealed in Him forever; and that in love your are His, saved forever and NOTHING can ever snatch you out of His hand!
Likewise, if you are Jewish and have never heard this before, be reminded dear friend that to accept your Mashiach and believe in Him is the Most Jewish thing you could ever do! For as Yeshua stated, “No greater love then this that a man lay down his life for his friends” (Yochanan 15:13), and therefore in demonstration of that love, by bearing the judgment of your sin Yeshua took upon Himself that punishment for sin which the Torah required, so that you might receive the benefit of his atoning work as our Passover Lamb! (Isaiah 53)
By Mark Rantz, Intern Rabbi
Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue
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