Beriyt Marriage Ministry
What is Beriyt?
The Hebrew word Beriyth/Beriyt translated as “covenant” has several meanings: (1) to eat with, which suggests fellowship and agreement; (2) to bind or fetter, which means commitment; and (3) to allot, which suggests sharing. When Yah makes a covenant, He enters into an agreement to commit Himself to give what He promises.
Beriyth describes a compact made by passing between pieces of flesh. Covenant is a solemn, binding arrangement between two parties and entails a variety of responsibilities, benefits and penalties depending on the specific covenant which is being studied. OT covenants were made between Yah and man and Husband and Wife.
Beriyth is used in the context of marriage…
Yet you say, ‘For what reason?’ Because Yahuah has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant (Heb = beriyth; Lxx = diatheke). (Mal 2:14)
Then I (Yah speaking figuratively to Israel, personified as a woman, specifically a woman He took as His wife - see other OT ref = Isa 54:5, Je 31:32; Ho 2:19) passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness (Note: Ancient custom that is tantamount to a "marriage proposal" - Ruth 3:9). I also swore (Literally "sevened" ~ like repeating a declaration 7x) to you and entered into a covenant (Heb = beriyth; Lxx = diatheke) with you so that you became Mine," declares Yahuah. (Ezekiel 16:8)
The Great Awakening Beriyt Marriage Ministry believes that no firmer guarantee of legal security, peace or personal loyalty than that found in the covenant of Marriage. In the ancient Hebraic world the greatest tool for covenant making came to be the written document (ketubah) on which the words of the covenant, its terms in the form of promises and stipulations, were spelled out, witnessed to, signed and sealed.
The meaning of the Hebrew word for covenant is illustrated in Genesis 15, the first use of the Hebrew phrase "cut (Heb = karath) covenant (beriyth)" (often translated in English Bibles by the Hebrew idiom "make [made] a covenant").
Statement of Purpose
I.To provide a support ministry to married and engaged couples in developing healthy relational skills and in building spiritual, emotional, and physical intimacy in their marriage.
II.Through example, teaching, mentoring, activities, and workshops, we will strive to build and strengthen marriages.
III.To Promote Yah's plan for marriage through teaching married couples what the TANAKH (old Testament) and the Brit hadasha (New Testament) teach concerning Hebraic marriage;
IV.Betterment of marital and family communications;
V.Take proactive steps to prevent marriages from reaching a state of distress and to revive those that are already in distress.
VI.Fostering of fellowship, witness, and deep interpersonal sharing in Relationships via virtual platforms.
VII.Providing methods and tools for couples to improve their relationship with each other and with Yah;
VIII.Assist and inform married and engaged couples on how to be free from anything in their lives that hinder marital bliss.
Virtual Fellowship Dates
Nehemiah and Alyssa Payne have been married since 2014. Together they have been committed to working toward improving their community by serving and advocating for marginalized populations. Nehemiah and Alyssa have diverse backgrounds, including experience in the arts and mental and behavioral health fields. During the past decade, they worked in many facets to educate people on how to establish a healthy lifestyle by highlighting the need for trauma-informed care, nutrition, counseling, and coaching.
Nehemiah and Alyssa are most passionate about building a sustainable and thriving family and raising their 2 incredible sons. Alyssa is a creative problem solver who promotes healing with an emphasis on Torah as the ultimate guide, alternative medicine, and talk therapy among other tools. Alyssa attended the Ohio State University where she earned her degree in Social Work with a concentration on family and childhood development. During her academic studies, she spent time volunteering and interning to immerse herself in the current challenges faced by impoverished and underrepresented communities.
Alyssa attained her license in social work and over the last decade has spent time working with children and families in crisis. Nehemiah Payne is a deeply creative thinker that loves to correlate together seemingly unrelated themes to master challenges. Nehemiah has won many workplace awards and promotions because of his diligence, care, and support for both consumers and co-workers.
Nehemiah obtained a bachelor of science degree at Full Sail University, where he graduated salutatorian of his class. He later used his creative abilities to implement strategies for effective change with youth in central Columbus. Currently, he works as a program director assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Nehemiah and Alyssa are thrilled to be facilitating the Beriyt Marriage Ministry and are honored to contribute to a ministry that has greatly impacted their marriage. They understand in order to grow our community it is essential that there are healthy thriving marriages. They aim to host a safe and transparent environment that fosters healing and growth in marriage relationships. They invite you to come to be inspired and to inspire others in an environment that is pro-covenant, pro-healing, and pro-growth.