Sunday, January 2, 2011

Our First Fellowship Betrothal

Well, it has been a few years since several of us started living here on the land. When we first got here, all of the children were just that -- children. But, after five years, as you would imagine, that's not exactly the case for all of them any more. In fact, one of our young misses just recently became betrothed -- our first betrothal on the land!

Webster's 1828 dictionary defines "betroth" as the following:

BETROTH', v.t. [be and troth, truth, faith. See Truth, and Troth.]

1. To contract to any one, in order to a future marriage; to promise or pledge one to be the future spouse of another; to affiance; used of either sex. "The father betroths his daughter.'

2. To contract with one for a future spouse; to espouse; as, a man betroths a lady.


"Betrothed?" you might ask? Yes, betrothed. The ideas of "romantic love" and engagement, or even "courting," are foreign to the Bible; not that there can't be romance, but it is not the main driver or motivator behind relationships; and in fact, betrothal is what is prescribed in the Bible. Why might it be important to have betrothals instead of typical engagements? First, the Bible prescribes it as the only pre-marriage methodology; and second, it was set up as a picture or "type" of the relationship between Christ and His bride-to-be. In this current reality of time, Christ's chosen bride, the elect from the foundation of the world, is not married to Christ yet -- that happens at the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:6-9). His chosen is betrothed, or espoused, as expressed in 2 Cor 11:2 - "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." God instituted the "type" of betrothal to show the unbreakable bond of His chosen bride to Himself based on His volitional, self-sacrificing, and unconditional agápe love.


Betrothal of Mark Contra and Tracy Bunker

With Mr. Bunker, Miss Bunker's father, making the original offer to Mr. Contra, and with Mr. Contra accepting, Mr. Bunker and Mr. Mark Contra formed the contract for Mr. Contra to marry Miss Bunker, with various other agreements between Mr. Bunker and Mr. Contra. Although not absolutely necessary, since an older and hopefully wiser parent, with God's help, should be able to determine which man would be good for a daughter to marry, Mr. Bunker did first allow for Miss Bunker's approval of the gentleman in question; and she did approve. :)

And so without further ado, here are some moments from Mr. Contra's and Miss Bunker's betrothal party:

Mark and Tracy Betrothal Party


Mr. Contra and Miss Bunker:

Mark and Tracy at Their Betrothal Party


Supper time:

Supper Time at Mark and Tracy Betrothal Party


And don't forget the desserts!

Desserts at Mark and Tracy Betrothal Party


Here are a few more pictures of the fellowship time, starting with the new couple:

Mark and Tracy Around the Supper Table at Their Betrothal Party
Fellowship Around Supper Table at Mark and Tracy Betrothal Party
More Fellowship Around Supper Table at Mark and Tracy Betrothal Party


Here are some sights and sounds:

videoFellowshipping During Mark and Tracy Betrothal Party


And some more, including Mr. Bunker's discussion about the betrothal ceremony and some important parts of the ceremony itself (please forgive the quality of the video as our camera doesn't film well at night):

videoMark and Tracy Betrothal Ceremony


We are thankful here on the land to be able to be a part of a couple joining in the way the Bible prescribes. We pray for many more, as the Lord wills, and that He continue to grant us understanding of His revealed will as described in the Bible.

-- David

6 comments:

Ryan and Kara Powers said...

How beautiful and unique! The means of the world are so ugly and pointless in comparison. The Lord keep and bless the couple. Thanks for giving us video of the occasion.

Ryan Powers

Ante Zivkovic said...

Have a blessed 2011, if that's all right to say, I dunno. May Lords mercies and grace ever abide with you David and Susan, regardless of the year. Beautiful betrothal. Great of you to put it up.

alc said...

Thank you for sharing this joyous occasion with us. It was very enjoyable and educational to watch. Many blessings to the happy couple.

Al

Anonymous said...

I was hoping that you would have some video to post of this beautiful evening. thank you so much. - Todd

David and Susan Sifford said...

Thanks for saying hi, all. Glad you all enjoyed it.

Ryan and Al, amen!

Ante, thank you much, and to you too.

-- David

rob said...

Thank you for sharing this blessed occasion