Summary: We have been invited to share in the great wedding celebration of Jesus and his bride. This lessons looks at the Wedding Party - People as well as the Wedding Party-Celebration.

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1. Wedding Traditions

Everyone is familiar with our wedding traditions like tossing the bouquet and the throwing of rice/bird seed, but what about traditions from other countries and cultures?

* The Blackening of the Bride: Scotland

The bride and groom are slathered from head to toe in every disgusting substance their friends can get their hands on. Curdled milk, rotten eggs, spoiled curry, fish sauces, mud, flour, sausages, every nasty thing you can imagine. As if that weren't enough, the couple is then paraded about, with well-wishers making as much noise as possible.

* Daur Chick Liver Tradition: Inner Mongolia, China

To select a wedding date, the young couple must take a knife and together slaughter a chick. The date is then divined by the appearance of the chick's liver. If the liver has an unfortunate appearance, they must keep killing chicks until they find a good one.

* Bathroom Moratorium: Tidong community, Indonesia/Malaysia

After the wedding, the bride and groom are not allowed to use the bathroom for three whole days. They cannot leave the house, clear their bowels or urinate. The couple is watched over and are allowed minimal amounts of food and drink. If the custom is not practiced, they believe it will bring bad luck to the couple, with consequences such as a broken marriage, infidelity or death of their children. After three days, the couple is allowed to return to normal life and begin their marriage.

* Spitting on the Bride: Massai nation, Kenya

At a wedding ceremony held by the Massai people, the father of the bride blesses his daughter by spitting on her head and her body. She then leaves with her husband and does not look back for fear of turning into stone.

* The Kissing Tradition: Sweden

If the groom leaves the room for any reason, all the other men at the wedding are allowed to kiss the bride. The same goes for the groom and female guests if the bride should leave the room.

* Cut Off Socks: Denmark

The groom and/or bride cut off the toe of their sock so that no other women or men will be attracted to them.

2. The Beatitude of the Wedding of the Lamb -- Revelation 19.6-9

I. The People of the Wedding Party

A. The Bride -- the Church -- Ephesians 5.32 . . it refers to Christ and the church.

1. The Bride is normally the center of attention at weddings -- All brides are beautiful -- at great expense!

2. Readied through Preparation -- Matthew 25.1-13

3. Fine Clothes -- Isaiah 61.10

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful head dress,

Contrast with the Harlot of Revelation 17.4

The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality.

a. Magnificent Wedding Dresses -- Princess Di; 2006 -- Designers most expensive wedding dress "Diamond Wedding Dress" -- $12 Million of diamonds

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