The Jewish betrothal and marriage is a good illustration of our salvation.
The Jewish bride has free will to choose or reject her potential groom.
He chooses her first, that doesn’t mean she will choose or accept him.
He offers himself and the dowry.
It’s still up to her. He cannot force her, or make her decide.
IF she chooses him, and accepts him and the bride price, or dowry, at that point, she is bound to him as long as she lives, she has given up the right of refusal. She is bought with a price.
Even in adultery, only the groom has the legal option to divorce. Like it or not, she belongs to him.1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
We belong to Jesus.
We are bought with a price, the shed blood of Jesus. As part of his body, the bride, we are bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh. Ephesians 5:30 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Jesus is faithful even when we are not. 2 Tim 2:13. If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful, for he cannot deny himself.