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Two Hebrew Bride Parables

January 01, 2016

Since the creation of the world God’s greatest desire was to dwell with mankind, but after the fall everything changed. Once separated from Him, God knew that there was nothing we could do to restore that connection with Him or even to relate to Him in the way that was once possible in the Garden of Eden.

From the perspective of mankind, God suddenly became something distant, unknowable and unattainable. God needed a way to relate to us again so He sent Yeshua and called those who believed in Him to be His bride.

The word for bride in Hebrew is “kalah” but this word also means daughter in-law. This means that because of God’s great love, we as a body are not only the “kalah” (bride) of Yeshua, but we are also the “kalah” (daughter in-law) of God the Father. So no matter how you look at it, we are HIS “kalah.” – Shani Ben-Ari

Ezer K’Negdo

When God created the woman for man, He referred to her as “helpmate.” The term in Hebrew is actually “Ezer K’negdo,” meaning “Helper Opposite” or “Helper Against.” The concept is beautiful, that generally a husband and wife have exact opposite strengths and weaknesses. He is strong where she is weak; she is strong where he is weak. They have complementary gifts and callings.

My wife Betty sees details and practicalities, where I see only large picture elements. We couldn’t function without one another. She is like a microscope; I am like a telescope. I write the rough drafts of these articles; she does the proof read. Sometimes this can be uncomfortable, as she always sees my weaknesses (and lets me know of them right away).

Betty is really the perfect biblical wife with the perfect biblical balance: 50% helps me and 50% opposes me! – Asher Intrater

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

Shani Ben-Ari


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