Unfortunately, I’m afraid that it is merely the traditions that are passed but seldom the meaning behind the traditions. Let’s take a look at why we do some of the things we do and remember, our body is the temple of God. You will see from the Scripture that many of the symbols come directly from the requirements God ordained for the original temple of the Old Testament. The man represents the high priest of the Old Testament. The woman’s body represents the temple. Bearing this in mind will help you to understand why certain symbols apply more to one gender than to the other.
“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” (Revelation 19:6-9)
“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:23, 24)
“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.” (II Corinthians 11:2)
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2) “For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.” (Isaiah 62:5)
“And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty…even of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.” (Exodus 28:2, 8c)
“And thou shalt make upon the breastplate two rings of gold, and shalt put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate…And they shall bind the breastplate by the rings thereof.…” (Exodus 28:23, 28a)
“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.” (Isaiah 61:10)
“He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.” (John 3:29)
“And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah…And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me, for surely I have hired thee with my son’s mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.” (Genesis 30:14, 16)
• The wearing of white symbolizes purity and holiness of body. The bride’s dress is to be clean and white because it represents the righteousness of the saints. It is a statement of virginity; that the wearer has been faithful and has kept herself pure for her spouse. (For a girl to walk down an aisle wearing white, having by her own choice become impure through fornication and not having sought forgiveness for that sin, makes a mockery of all God calls pure and holy. I believe when a young man or young lady makes a conscious decision to sleep with someone before marriage, then he or she has forfeited the right to use symbols that do not represent the truth of those symbols before an Almighty God.)
This series is an excerpt from Mrs. Hooker’s book Your Body Is Not Your Own Volume 1.