The Elect Bride Is "Chosen"
I. INTRODUCTION:In this chapter Abraham is going to send out his most trusted servant to find a wife for his only son, Isaac.
And within this dramatic story we’re going to see a type of how God sends the Holy Spirit to find a bride for His only son—The Lord Jesus Christ. We will also discover many fascinating parallels between Rebekah and God’s Elect. Not only are the two chosen in a similar manner, but they are similar in character, attitude, and personality, as you will soon see.
My friends, some of the concepts in the Bible that are tough to understand like the trinity, Israel and the Church, and a number of difficult prophecies can be figured out just by reading the stories of the Bible. For these stories are more than just history, they are types and examples of great spiritual truths.
Let’s get into the Word.
II. ABRAHAM COMMANDS HIS SERVANTGenesis 24:1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
Though he never owned any of the promise land, he did get to travel and sojourn there. And while he was there, he lived a good life. The LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. He was blessed with a family, riches, livestock, and many servants. He lived in peace. And you know what, we too can live a good blessed life while we sojourn through this flesh age, even though we have not yet received all of the promises of God.
Genesis 24:2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
Genesis 24:3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
Genesis 24:4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
This eldest servant is unnamed, it’s possible that it is Eliezer of Damascus who was called “the steward” of his house in Genesis 15:2, but we don’t know for sure. His job is going to be to find a wife for Isaac. Now, he is given a strict command not to take for Isaac a wife of the daughters of the Canaanites but to go unto my country and my kindred Abraham says. This is such a serious command that Abraham even makes him agree to a solemn oath by saying, put “thy hand under my thigh.” What’s the purpose of that? Sounds kind of strange. It seems Abraham wanted to make a heavy impression upon his servant about the seriousness of this command. Abraham sitting upon his hand would do that.
WHY CAN’T ISAAC JUST MARRY A CANAANITE?The obvious reason Isaac can’t marry a Canaanite is because they were pagans. If Isaac were to marry a pagan, he and any children he may have would risk being seduced into worshipping their false gods. In Deuteronomy 7:3 God said intermarriage with them would result in the sons turning away from him “that they may serve other gods; so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.”
Abraham doesn’t want that!
That’s why it is so important that our sons and our daughters marry other Christians. Otherwise they too risk being pulled into the world to worship its false gods. Abraham didn’t say, “Oh well, if you can’t find a woman from my kindred then go ahead, just find a Canaanite woman for Isaac and we’ll try to convert her.” That would have been a lot easier. A Canaanite woman could be found just miles away. All Abraham had to do was have a talk with the locals.
But this couldn’t be done. And Abraham knew it. God promised to give Abraham’s seed the land of Canaan (Gen. 12:7) as an inheritance, but not until the “iniquity of the Amorites” was full (Gen. 15:16). In other words, Abraham knew God was going to judge the Canaanites for their wickedness and expel them from the land. Had Isaac married a Canaanite then he would have been assimilated into the Canaanite nation and forfeited his land inheritance.
Going the extra 500 miles to find a wife from Abraham’s kindred in Mesopotamia will be well worth the extra effort. And it is well worth the extra effort for our sons to go to the right place to meet the right girl. Taking short cuts can be disastrous and very painful.
THE HOLY SPIRIT SEEKS A BRIDE FOR CHRISTGod’s Word is so complete. In Chapter 22 we were shown a prophetic picture of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross when Abraham was about to sacrifice his only son. In Chapter 23 we had the death of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, who is symbolic of Israel the wife of God under the Old Covenant . After the death of Sarah (Israel), that is to say after the Old Covenant had expired, the promised seed continues on spiritually through the union of Christ and the Church or the New Israel of God (Jer. 31:31-33). In order to put this altogether we must understand that:
1) Abraham is a type of the Heavenly Father.
2) Abraham’s eldest servant of his house is a type of the Holy Spirit.
3) Isaac is a type of Christ.
4) Rebekah is a type of the Bride of Christ.
When reading this story we must understand that the Holy Spirit acts as one who rules over all of God’s Household and is tasked with finding a bride for Christ, just like Abraham’s servant was for Isaac. When this is understood the story comes to life before our eyes! And we will be given great insight into the role of the Holy Spirit and the Godhead. Think about it. This is what the Holy Spirit does. The Holy Spirit is the one who manages all of God’s household. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us gifts and talents to accomplish the Father’s work. It is the Holy Spirit that makes all of the connections. I could go on and on, but we have a lot more to read.
Genesis 24:5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?
Genesis 24:6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.
No doubt Abraham didn’t want his son to go on this trip because of God’s earlier command to leave his kindred and go where God leads him. Had Abraham allowed his son to go back to his homeland he would have risked Isaac wanting to stay there with his wife. That would have made everything Abraham did up to this point null and void. This was too big of a risk to take. Perhaps too much of a temptation for Isaac. Thus, Abraham strictly warned his servant beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.
Interestingly the woman must by her own free-will be WILLING to take a great risk in leaving her family along with everything she knows to be joined to a husband she has never met. This would require a great act of faith. And it is the same leap of faith we made when we decided to be in covenant with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We’ve never seen Him, but we’ve answered the call of the Holy Spirit to leave the things of this world and go out to meet Him. Similar to Rebekah.
Genesis 24:7 The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
That’s faith. Abraham believes since God promised him that his seed would inherit the land, surely God would send his angel to help his servant find a wife for Isaac. There is no doubt in his mind. This is the kind of faith we need my friends. To know that we too have both the Holy Spirit and the angels of God helping us, paving the way for us.
Obviously Abraham believed in the supernatural. He believed in an unseen world.
Genesis 24:8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
Even at this time, there is a separation between the elect bride of Christ and Christ himself. This was at the direction of Abraham and it is our Heavenly Father’s plan.
Genesis 24:9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
When the Holy Spirit uses us as messengers to find souls for Christ, and they are not willing to come, then it is beyond our control. Just like it was beyond Abraham’s servant’s control. We cannot force people to accept Christ. When we’ve done all we can do we have to just let go and leave it in the Father’s hands.
III. FINDING A CHOICE WOMANGenesis 24:10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
Like this servant, all of the goods of the master are in the hands of the Holy Spirit.
But what is the significance of the ten camels? Well, on a basic level he needed enough vehicles to bring back Isaac’s future wife, her belongings, and any others who would accompany her. On a deeper level we might be given a clue as to the mystery of the spiritual bride of Christ. Perhaps each camel is designated to carry each of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel back to God under the New Covenant.
No doubt bringing the ten camels with him also indicated that the messenger’s master was indeed a wealthy man. This was a royal entourage. I’m sure both Rebekah and her family were impressed. And I bet we’d be impressed if we could see the Holy Spirit and the angels of God each time as they go out to call out and awaken one of God’s elect to their destiny and purpose.
Genesis 24:11 And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.
Though God’s angel was with him, paving the way, the servant still uses common sense. He goes to the place where the women will be. Great idea. No wonder Abraham chose him to be in charge of all that he has. Smart guy and obviously a good steward of his master’s time and resources. If you are a business owner or a church leader, this is the kind of guy you want to hire.
Genesis 24:12 And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.
After using common sense and putting himself in the right spot at the right time, he prays. Don’t forget to pray my friends. But don’t forget to use wisdom either. Success in God’s service requires both wisdom and prayer. This man used both.
You know we don’t want to be like one of these guys that waits for the Holy Spirit to direct our every move every minute of the day. You know those types of people, you’ve seen them. That would be foolish and unproductive. This servant first did as he was commanded, he set out on the journey, upon reaching the destination he devised a plan, and then he prayed. If you’re silly enough to think God is just going to do everything for you then you’re not following the examples laid out for us in the Bible. God does not want to control your every movement. He wants you to exercise some free-will. So do what you can do now and then pray. It should look something like this.
1) Pray for wisdom and guidance.
2) Study the Word.
3) Obey the Word by applying it. Do something. Take action!
4) Pray again for help in accomplishing the mission.
5) Patiently wait for God to act, while persevering by faith.
IV. THE SERVANT DEVISES A PLANGenesis 24:13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
Genesis 24:14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.
In addition to this being a sign of the one, this is also a really a good way to test the character of these women. Any damsel who would be this gracious and hospitable enough to offer his camels drink also would definitely make a good wife for Isaac. This scheme is yet another example of this servant’s wisdom. No wonder Abraham was so blessed.
Young men can learn many things from this.
1) Do not marry an unbeliever.
2) Wait patiently for the right woman rather than picking the first one that comes along.
3) Look for good qualities in a woman.
4) Pray. After you’ve done your part in being in the right place and the right time, leave it in God’s hands.
IS IT OK TO ASK GOD FOR SIGNS?Now, this is something you don’t want to do every day. We don’t wake up and ask God to show us specific signs before every move we make. That would be a little nutty. But it is ok to ask God for signs or for direction when making big decisions. I’ve made similar prayers before and have gotten answers from God.
I can remember several times asking God to put road blocks in my path if I was about to make a decision that was bad for me, or if the decision was not in His will. And almost immediately, my prayers were answered. At times God put huge undeniable roadblocks up to protect me, and other times He immediately opened the door wide for me and paved the way.
The key is, I believe, when asking for a sign, is to at the same time be willing to submit to God’s will, whatever the outcome. Remember, Abraham told his servant that he would be clear from this my oath if he did what he could but was unsuccessful.
Genesis 24:15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
Here she comes. Amazing! God answered his prayer even before he had done speaking it. This is an illustration that God knows what we need before we even ask (Matt. 6:8).
V. THE FAIR VIRGINGenesis 24:16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
Remember, this beautiful damsel and virgin is a type of the Bride of Christ. You are viewed by Him in this way, even with your faults, because Christ has made you pure.
Genesis 24:17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.
Genesis 24:18 And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
Genesis 24:19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.
Genesis 24:20 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
Hasted…ran again- Rebekah didn’t linger. God’s elect don’t linger. They get the job accomplished. And do it joyfully.
Genesis 24:21 And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.
She passed the test! She did exactly what the servant had prayed for by giving the camels drink also. This is the one! Rebekah had the heart of a servant. This is the kind of person the Holy Spirit is looking for to be the bride of the Son. At one time Jesus said, “he that is greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23:11).
Genesis 24:22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;
Ten shekels of gold- Very generous gifts bestowed upon her by the messenger. Upon accepting Christ we too our endowed with gifts, gifts from the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12), as a down payment for our faith.
Obviously, earrings and jewelry are ok for women to wear today if they were okay for Rebekah to wear. Don’t let the self-righteous hypocrites tell you differently. They are just out to take away your freedom in Christ and to steal your joy.
Genesis 24:23 And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in?
Genesis 24:24 And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.
Exactly as Abraham had requested, that Isaacs wife come from his own kindred. Nahor was Abraham’s brother and Bethuel was Abraham’s nephew. Rebekah was Isaac’s first cousin once removed. Interracial marriage was not on the table.
Genesis 24:25 She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.
Genesis 24:26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.
When God answers are prayers, our first response should be worship, as it is here.
Genesis 24:27 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.
Praising God and testifying that The LORD led him to this exact spot and the exact right time. He knew this was no accident. Only God could accomplish this.
VI. EXCITEMENT OVER GOD’S PROVIDENCEGenesis 24:28 And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.
She seemed very excited about all of this too as she ran to tell her family! Thus it is with God’s elect who discover their destiny in Christ, they too run with excitement to tell others of the Good News!
Genesis 24:29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.
Genesis 24:30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.
Was he excited for his sister or was he excited knowing this was a man who represented his wealthy great uncle? We know how greedy Laban was in his dealings with Jacob later on.
Genesis 24:31 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.
Genesis 24:32 And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him.
Men’s feet that were with him- No doubt the messenger had these men with him to help with the move and provide security for the entourage on their way back. If this messenger is a type of the Holy Spirit then these men may be a type of the Angels of God. In Matthew 18:10 Jesus says, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”
Genesis 24:33 And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
I will not eat until etc.- This man was diligent. No problem with small talk and enjoying himself, but he must first complete the task he was sent to accomplish. He was mission focused. Another great quality of this man whom Abraham put in charge of his entire household. He put his master’s will before his own.
VII. THE SERVANT’S TESTIMONYGenesis 24:34 And he said, I am Abraham's servant.
Just as Abraham’s servant will testify for Isaac the Holy Spirit testifies of the Son. “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” (John 14:26).
Genesis 24:35 And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.
Make America Great Again! Haha. Just had to throw that in.
Genesis 24:36 And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath.
Just as father Abraham had given Isaac all that he hath, John 3:35 says, “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.”
Genesis 24:37 And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:
Genesis 24:38 But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.
To my kindred- When picking his bride, Jesus also told the disciples to go unto his own kindred. “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 10:5-7).
Some could look at this as a command to go to the 10 Lost Tribes who were “scattered abroad” (See James 1:12). It is interesting that the virgin bride of Christ depicted in Revelation 14 is made of from all the tribes of Israel.
VIII. SUBMITTING TO THE WILL OF GODGenesis 24:39 And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.
Genesis 24:40 And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house:
Prosper thy way- God was involved. He was clearly behind the scenes making sure this comes to pass. Nothing has changed. Don’t ever forget it!
Genesis 24:41 Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.
Genesis 24:42 And I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:
Genesis 24:43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;
Genesis 24:44 And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom the LORD hath appointed out for my master's son.
Whom the LORD hath appointed- Rebekah was chosen. She was elected by God to be the wife of Isaac and mother of the promised seed. This was her destiny! This was her purpose! It’s the same for God’s elect even to this day. God has chosen many of you to be a faithful bride, a bride that will retain her virginity and not give it up to the Antichrist by submitting to his anti-Christ systems or bowing down to his will (Mark 13:20, Rev. 14).
Genesis 24:45 And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.
He is sharing his testimony. It’s always joyful to talk about the things that the LORD has done for us. Think about this. His prayer was answered even before he was done speaking it. That’s a quick answer to prayer!
Genesis 24:46 And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.
Genesis 24:47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
Genesis 24:48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son.
Right way- God led him on the correct path.
Genesis 24:49 And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.
Right to the point. Shared his testimony and asked for a direct answer while suggesting that a “yes” answer would be the kind and just answer.
Genesis 24:50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.
Genesis 24:51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.
As the LORD hath spoken- This shows that they were believers as well. They are submitting to the will of God.
Genesis 24:52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
Worshipped the LORD- You can never praise God enough for His blessings.
Genesis 24:53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
Genesis 24:54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.
IX. NO TIME TO LINGERGenesis 24:55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.
Genesis 24:56 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.
Send me away- This guy really wants to please Abraham. It’s important to him that he gets back promptly to complete his mission, without delay.
Genesis 24:57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
Genesis 24:58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.
Even though she was divinely chosen to be the wife of Isaac, she still had to agree. And she did, by saying, I will go.
Genesis 24:59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.
Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
They believed in God’s promises to Abraham! Looks like they are on board and excited for her to be a part of God’s plan, even though they are not chosen. There was no jealousy of Abraham because of the promises God made to him. They’re just happy to be a part of this.
Note the sacrifices that Rebekah made:
I. She did not plead for time to make up her mind.
II. She would say goodbye to her home and relatives, with the near certainty that she would never see them again.
III. She believed the messenger completely, an incredible act of faith.
IV. She made the decision, saying, "I will go."
V. She followed the messenger to meet her bridegroom.
VI. She was already the bride-elect, but her actual union with Isaac would not occur until many days had passed, and that final "evening" arrived.
VII. Then, in the twilight, with her veil upon her, she went forth to meet the bridegroom!
(From Coffman Bible Commentary)
Genesis 24:61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
Notice, Rebekah didn’t go alone. She brought her damsels with her. This is evidence that Rebekah also came from a wealthy family with assistants or handmaidens. But there is something even deeper here though. Not all of the “saved” so to speak make up the “bride of Christ”. For Jesus said, “many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt. 22:14).
Furthermore, Revelation 7:9 describes a “great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, kindreds, and people, and tongues” that were saved, but only 144,000 of Israel are said to be the virgin bride of Christ in Revelation 14.
Though Rebekah was “chosen” to be the bride, her damsels were blessed too. We cannot forget that. Though it wasn’t their marriage they got to participate in the wedding festivities and be a part of the blessed family of Abraham as well. For in Abraham’s seed “shall all nations of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 22:18, and See America In Prophecy).
Thus, Rebekah is a type of the elect of Israel (Rom. 9:6, 11:7) the bride of Christ, while her damsels are a type of the Gentile converts to Christianity.
X. BRIDE AND GROOM MEETGenesis 24:62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.
Well Lahairoi- בְּאֵר לַחַי רֹאִי (Strongs 883) meaning “well of the life of vision” inferring that God sees everything. He is overseeing all that is going on here.
Genesis 24:63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
Genesis 24:64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
Genesis 24:65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.
Genesis 24:66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
Genesis 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
It seems it was love at first sight. No delay in going into the tent and consummating the marriage.
Now I think we are given some spiritual insight here with the statement: Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. Sarah being the wife of Abraham and mother of the promised seed, represents the wife of God or ‘Israel’ while under the Old Covenant. After she dies, the Old Covenant expires so to speak, then a New Marriage Covenant is made between Isaac and Rebekah or Christ and the Church – the elect of Israel.
In other words, from the passing of Sarah to the marriage of Rebekah we move symbolically from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant.
No doubt after losing national Israel as His bride (Jer. 3:8) the LORD was comforted, like Isaac was, by making a New Covenant with the His new bride - The Church.
As it is written:
“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the and to bring them out of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD” (Jer. 31:31-32).
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and thy shall be my people” (Jer. 31:33).
“In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away” (Heb. 8:13).
Thus Sarah’s tent now belongs to Rebekah—The Elect Bride of Christ.
XI. CONCLUSIONIn conclusion. I hope you never tire from studying God’s Word, chapter-by-chapter and verse by verse. As you can see from what we read, the Old Testament contains many profound and wonderful truths about God and His plan. He has given us so many types and examples in His Word to help make it easier for us to understand.
Let’s quickly review some of the parallels we discovered.
Just think about this. In such a simple story of Abraham sending his servant to find a wife for Isaac we have unveiled to us the Old and New Covenants made with Israel and the Church, written 400 Years prior to the Old and 2,000 years before the New. No man can orchestrate this, only God can.
Stay in His Word and be a Christian Overcomer!
Pastor Ben Heath