Elijah Bowen on marriage

In ancient hebrew culture, when committing to marry someone, the man would leave the woman he was now engadged to, to go build their house and make it ready. This could take months or years sometimes. The bride didn’t know exactly when to expect the groom but was to be watching and ready, then the man, when it was done, would gather his party and go get her and take her and her group back to the house for a celebration and wedding. These parties could last a week or more. This is what Jesus has done. Now we wait for the groom to return for his bride the church to take us all back to the house he has prepared for us.