Matthew 22:1.  Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.”

A Ketubah is a Jewish prenuptial agreement; a contract for marriage stating what each party will do.  Ketubah is used to describe the covenant we make with God to be his bride.  In fact, the 10 Commandments can be seen as a Ketubah.  People accepted God, and they were given rights that they did not have in Egypt, like a day off, and safety from murder and theft and false testimony.

In my studies, I learned the Ketubah teaching from Ian Clayton.  Clayton gave names to experiences people were having, and brought a vocabulary to the prophetic community.  The Ketubah resonated with me, because I’d already experienced it in an encounter with God.

I saw in a dream that I’d been caught up in an explosion and injured badly.  I found myself quadriplegic in a wheelchair, my hairs singed off, and my face badly burned – and I was a woman.  Someone pushed my wheelchair to a table where a man in his 50s sat across from me and offered me a marriage covenant.  My spirit recognized the man as God.  The man asked me if I would like to do certain things (destiny objectives for my life) and I said that I would.  He then presented a wedding contract for me to sign, despite how badly burned and injured I was.  I was suddenly able to use my arm, and I picked up a pen and signed the contract.  This was our Ketubah.

Some years afterwards, as I got to know Mike Parsons, he encouraged me to write out my own Ketubah, and write down my expectations for God.  I did so.  It’s unique to everyone.  Mike talks about writing his own, and then surrendering it to God, such that he would follow God whether God did those things or not.  My own list is fairly short, because I believe that only a small set of things are truly important.  I can change it I suppose.  But I haven’t felt a need.

My heart’s desire is relationship.  I remember reading the story of Solomon as a kid, and how Solomon was praised because he asked God for wisdom.  Wisdom is a fine gift.  But such things also flow from intimacy with God.  I always thought Solomon erred by not asking for deep and intimate relationship with God.  He would’ve received wisdom too.

Moses asked “teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.”  Exodus 33:13.  Moses went on to spend time with God to the point that his face shown with light.  Exodus 34:30-35.

Jesus taught that we could be joined to God in oneness.  God in us and us in God.  See John 14-15.  Paul described it as a great mystery, with Christ and the church joined as one flesh.  Ephesians 3:4 and 5:31-32.

A marriage covenant with God means putting God first, just as the 1st commandment says.  A person couldn’t stay married if they were entertaining other loves.  Becoming the bride of Christ means being without spot or blemish.

Oneness in Christ is our objective, and my testimony is that drafting a Ketubah with God is an excellent exercise on that path.

 

* The pic of the frozen waterfall is Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride, Colorado.