by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
If you are not familiar with Jewish tradition, this is fascinating. There are two principle figures in the ancient Hebrew marriage. The "Khatan" is the Bridegroom and the "Almah" is the virgin who becomes the bride. Almah also means the veiled one, the one who keeps herself hidden, the one who separates herself. This is a profound picture of us spiritually — born to be the Bride and joined to God — but keeping ourselves distant from Him, hidden and veiled. The beautiful thing is, though the Almah means one who separates herself, Khatan, the Hebrew Bridegroom, means one who joins himself.
Despite our distancing ourselves, He still comes near. God is the Khatan, the One who joins Himself to us, who joins Himself to our sorrows, our burdens, our sins, our separation.
Remove your veils, unlock your doors and open your heart and your life today to the Khatan. The presence of Heaven is knocking at the door of your heart. Open up. Don't fear. You may be the Almah…but He's the Khatan.