The next step in "The Theme of The Bride" is the "Written document, A Covenant." The written contract states the Bride price, the promises of the groom, and the rights of the Bride, and for record keeping. For every Bride and Groom, there was a written record made of the marriage, and registered with the priests. In this way, they were able to trace the lineage of the Lord Jesus Christ through both the male and female sides of His family.
Nehemiah 7:5 - "And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them which came up at the first, and found written therein."
Malachi 2:14 - "Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant."
A divorce required a document in writing as well:
Mark 10:4 - "And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away."
Matthew 5:31 - "It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:"
Matthew 19:7 - "They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away."
Our "New Covenant" filled with promises is the written Word of God, the Bible, also called the "New Testament."
Hebrews 12:24 - "And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel."
2nd Corinthians 1:20 - "For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the Glory of God by us."
In the next post on "The Biblical Theme of The Bride, we will deal with the sealing of the Covenant.