Do you believe that one word mistranslated or properly translated will re-shape people’s belief? This word Gamos is used 15X in the Gospel, mostly by Y’shua.
Text – Luqas 12 (Using words intended in Hebraic mindset)
35 Let your loins stay girded and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the [gamos], so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.
37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will gird his loins for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.
The first point I want to bring out is in v.36 (the master comes home from the gamos). In some translations it says he comes home after “the wedding feast”.
So which should be correct?
That is when students of the Word must study context.
Unfortunately “the wedding feast” does not make sense.
Gamos can also mean “the nuptials”, which is an earlier part of the Hebrew Wedding procedure. If your family follows the Jewish wedding process, then you will know the first step is called the Ketubah. A contract (New Covenant) is drawn up between the Groom and the bride.The nuptials are drawn up in the presence of witnesses for a man to marry his woman betrothed to him in marriage. It is the beginning of the wedding procedure where the bride is under legal protection of the promise. Then the bride will go away to get prepared for the ceremony (Chuppah). The couple will not see each other for up to a year.
Y’shua confirms here that he is to be the center of the wedding because it is not another guy’s wedding (v.37). Do you remember Y’shua washed the feet of His 12 disciples at the last seder? He is that Groom.
Many sermons incite that it was the Lord’s “humility” without bringing out the secondary truth that it stands for His wedding feast given as a foreshadow for those of us who want to be present at His wedding to think it over. In v. 37, the washing of the feet will follow Y’shua returning from the gamos. Now you see, how the selection of the “wedding” is putting the cart before the horse in v.37.
Therefore, I appeal to our mishpocha that the proper word of translation in v. 36 is as follows:
And be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the nuptials so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.
The nuptials were fulfilled at the start in Acts 2 during the Feast of Shavuot (Weeks, or Pentecost, 50 days). All this time until 2019 to His Collection of the bride, the bride is getting her beauty spa and treatment. The process is called Kiddushim, which Esther spent a whole year getting her pretty. At some point, the door will close.
First, Ketubah, then Kiddushim, and then Nissuin.
The Nissuin part is the present from the Father to the Son for determining for Him the day and the hour in which He should be dispatched to fetch His girl. Father means it as a surprise! for the girl to get herself ready at any date that Father choose.
Of the day and the hour no one knows but the Father, not even the Son or the angels are given to know. Clearly to those who are in the House of Israel, we understand this is referring to the Nissuin!
Therefore, now we get Y’shua says when He will come. It will be after the nuptials (the Shavuot in 30 A.D.) and He will “knock on the door”. He expects immediate response without delay when He knocks. His servants will open the door for Him to enter.
All this exposition means Y’shua is coming to get His bride and his servants after the nuptials (Ketubah); at the Nissuin (it is up to Father when). Only those who are “awake” (woke) will be blessed, they be going with Him to the wedding table where His feast will be served and He will personally gird His loins, if we gird our loins. This adage was previously used in Exodus. To interpret Scripture by Scripture, we understand that to mean “Be ready to leave the world” as the Israelites girded their loins with their garments ready to run for their lives from the pursuing Egyptian armies on chariots after them. If you do not gird your garments, the baggage will slow you down. You may not escape at all.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
And there the Groom will serve His guests while we recline as the citizens of the Kingdom of God at His table.