The Mohar is the bridal present given at the time of betrothal in ancient Jewish customs. Now days, the Jews like the rest of those in Western Civilization give a ring, usually with a stone, usually a diamond. However in ancient times it could be any costly jewelry, often mounted coins.
The haggling between families during the marriage arrangements could go one for weeks even months before the final price of the troth was arrived at. Once all is settle the Mohar is given as a promise that the rest will be delivered. Once the woman excepts the mohar the betrothal is set and the only way out is divorce. [Gen 34:12; I Sam 18:25]
We are the bride of Messiah and our Mohar came at Pentecost/Shavout. Rabbinical tradition says that God gave the Torah to Israel on the very first Pentecost, celebrated in the wilderness [Ex 19-24]. And again He gave the Holy Spirit on the same holy day of Pentecost/Shavout. [Acts 2] These are our mohar, the Word and the Spirit. We have accepted them so now we wait for the wedding day. Straining to here the trumpet call. For a Jewish bride is called to the wedding tent i.e. chupah with the sound of a shofar i.e. trumpet.
FYI: Rahab means a broad open space.
And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” And they went, and came into the house of a harlot whose name was Rahab, and lodged there. Josh. 2:1
In the Hebrew she is called a woman before she is designated a prostitute. This is the common word for prostitute and not a temple prostitute.
FYI: In Hebrew there are two words for prostitute, zonah which is an ordinary prostitute, or a woman who sells her body for material goods.
To the choirmaster.
A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.
The Sons of Korah were in charge of what was allowed into the services, and the court of the tabernacle. Many of the Psalms are specifically called to their attention.
Shallum the son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, and his kinsmen of his fathers’ house, the Korahites, were in charge of the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the tent, as their fathers had been in charge of the camp of the LORD, keepers of the entrance. 1Chr. 9:19
This is the only psalm specifically written for women. The Alamot or here Alamoth, these are the women who were seeking the coming Messiah. Obviously this was to be sung in the tabernacle by the women. It was only in the temple of the New Testament that we see a separate court of the women. They were not originally kept out.
- FYI: The reason for the separation is that the Rabbis claimed that it would be indiscreet to ask a woman if she was having her menses and therefore ceremonially unclean. Or what if a woman accidentally started her flow while in the temple, the in tire temple would be unclean. So they just barred them from the area. This is the result of the curse in that men will always rule over women.[Gen 3:16] However when Messiah walked the earth such a woman touched Him. He was not made unclean, she was made clean. [Mark 5:24-34]
1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those maidens rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise replied, ‘Perhaps there will not be enough for us and for you; go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other maidens came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he replied, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. Matt. 25: 1-13
The constipated Baptist church I grew up in taught that the oil was salvation. However that just doesn’t match with the rest of Bible symbology.
Salvation is represented symbolically by virgins wearing pure white robes. And that is the problem with our Ten Virgins, THEY ARE ALL WEARING WHITE ROBES, THEY ARE ALL VIRGINS. Continue reading
Appendix Note A, from the book Song of Songs: Life in the Harem of God
We have been looking at the Song of Songs, but there are other passages throughout the Bible that are the same song, and the same tune. A wondrous love Song hidden in the Bible. Only those who are truly His beloved, can perceive and truly appreciate that it is even there. Even then, sometimes we only catch a whisper of the building crescendo. Other times it can be so overwhelming, that we are engulfed by its overpowering waves, and swamped in a deluge of emotions, that overflow our senses and engulf our minds. Often it is hidden like a precious gift, prepared by a loved one and tucked away, a tiny jewel or gem, concealed where only the lover would think to look. Having found just one, the diligent and attentive lover will search carefully till ALL have been found. Then they will carefully clutch them close to their hearts as tokens of their Lover’s commitment.
Appendix Note 2, from the book, Song of Songs: Life in the Harem of God
To begin an authentic relationship with our Lord we must first discover how we got here. How did we come to be in the Harem of God? Many of us have never thought about it, and have no idea. So lets us look into the mirror of life and discover who we really are to the King.