A Match Made in Heaven Part 2

March 6, 2009 at 10:29 am | Posted in Bible Studies, Genesis | 5 Comments
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I believe that there is a “type” or an illustration in Genesis 24 of the relationship between Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, and the New Covenant Church, which is His “bride.”

In a sense, Isaac is a type for Jesus Christ. Abraham is a type for God the Father. Isaac did not go out on his own looking for a wife. He waited obediently for his father, Abraham, to arrange his marriage. God wants, and is getting – to this day – a “bride” for His Son. Rebekah is a type for the Church – born-again believers.

Abraham’s servant is a type for the Holy Ghost. It is His job to go and convince sinners to come to Christ. Abraham’s servant convinced Rebekah that Isaac was a worthy husband, and he comforted her on the journey to meet him. The Holy Ghost does the same with New Testament believers.

Isaac, the type for Christ, is waiting and prepared for his bride. It was Abraham’s idea to get a bride for Isaac. Christians, by nature, are supposed to love what God loves. God loves seeing lost sinners brought to His Son. We should love to tell lost sinners about the Gospel, and to try to bring them to Jesus Christ.

Abraham’s servant wanted to take Isaac to search for a bride, but Abraham said no. This is a type of God, in a sense, saying, “I have already sent my Son once into the world. Today, He is available. He is not coming to live among men, as a man Himself, again. His bride must come to Him – she must be willing to say yes to the Holy Ghost.” This shows how important it is for us, as soul-winners, to be filled with the Holy Ghost.

Christians who want to lead others to Christ must place more emphasis on the filling of the Holy Spirit than on worldly manipulation or manufactured “outreaches.”

When we go to find a bride for Jesus Christ, God does not send us by ourselves. The Holy Ghost goes with us – or even leads us – every step of the way.

All believers will one day give an account to our Master for what we have done with the treasure of the Gospel message, which He has given us in trust. There is a picture of this accounting in Genesis 24.

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. And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.

Genesis 24:65-66

Abraham’s servant did not say, “We took your 10 camels loaded down with treasure, and we had a very good time, but we failed to get a bride.” He did not say, “We attracted many followers and hangers-on with your treasure, but we failed to get a bride.” He did not say, “We spread your treasure around doing many good works, but we failed to get a bride.” No, Abraham’s servant came back with a report of “Mission accomplished: I brought back a bride for the son!”

Let’s make sure that, whatever we do in our labors for the Lord, we stay focused on getting a bride for the Son.

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