When Jesus taught, He often used illustrations from Jewish life and culture to drive home His lessons. When I discover Jewish culture and lifestyle in the context of His teaching, I get excited. One such example is this passage from John. I’ve read it for years, but when I understood it from the perspective of Jewish culture I was amazed.
In my Father’s house are many rooms: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:2-3
Jewish weddings lasted a week. When the couple exchanged vows, the bride returned to her house and the bridegroom to his father’s house. The bridegroom then built a room onto his father’s house (I go to prepare a place for you). When the new room was finished, but not until, the groom went to the bride’s house (I will come again) and took her back (and receive you unto myself) to his father’s house, where they would live (that where I am, there ye may be also).
His listeners understood His teaching because He used illustrations from their own lives.
Today I am grateful for God’s word.
I am grateful for Jewish lifestyle and culture. Learning more of it shines new exciting light on God’s word.