It is a serious and wonderful thing.the institution of marriage. GOD has ordained marriage from the beginning. The institution of marriage is important to us and it is very important to Him.
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:21-23
God made Adam and Eve one flesh as soon as Eve was created. To create the first marriage on earth GOD caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam. In the scriptures sleep is synonymous with death. In other words sleep is a picture of death. During Adam's sleep a rib was taken from his side. From this rib his wife, Eve, was fashioned. To get this rib Adam's blood had to be shed. Adams flesh was opened, blood was shed, a rib was taken, Eve was made, and GOD Himself closed the wound in Adam's side. This first marriage is a picture of Jesus the Messiah and His marriage to His bride the church.
Jesus died at Calvary (he slept). After his death a centurion pierced the side of Jesus with a spear.
But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they broke not his legs; but one of the soldiers, with a spear, pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. John 19:33-34
With this spear Jesus' blood was shed. Adam was wounded in the side. Jesus was wounded in the side. From the blood shed by Adam his bride, Eve, was created. From the blood shed by Jesus, His bride, the church, was birthed.
Do the events of the birth of Eve and the birth of the church allegorically overlay each other by coincidence, or did GOD intend for one to be a picture of the other? Was the marriage of Adam and Eve somehow prophetic for the future marriage of Jesus and His church? During the time that Jesus was on earth, what were the marriage customs that were practiced by the people of Israel? Could any of customs practiced in those times have any bearing on our marriage to Jesus as his bride, the church?
The marriage customs of Jesus' day were different than are generally experienced in the United States today. Most are familiar with American customs regarding marriage, but many know nothing about the customs practiced during the lifetime of Jesus. Some of these customs just may have something to do with us, and our relationship to Jesus, our bridegroom.
The first thing to be done in accomplishing a marriage, during the lifetime of Jesus, would be the selection of the bride. Unlike our culture, the bridegroom's father chose the bride for the bridegroom. The father would send a trusted servant as his agent to search out a bride.