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#378 A BRIDE FOR ISAAC AND THE BRIDE OF CHRIST, GENESIS 24
In the previous chapter, we find the death and burial of Sarah recorded. This chapter begins with, "And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things," GEN 24:1. Notice that Abraham understood the passing of his generation and the coming of a new generation. This is what we experience as we look back and see that our grandparents passed away, our parents have passed away, and we have become the senior generation. Abraham was now concentrating on the Lords blessings through a lifetime of walking by faith. These circumstances in God's providence, which included the burial of his wife, brought Abraham to realize that the days of his generation were fast coming to a close, and he was concerned about his offspring. Isnt this true of you and me? As we become older and realize that we are the generation passing on and our children are coming up, do we not have concerns for our offspring? What will be their future and their end because we see how fast one generation comes and another one goes. We see the charge that Abraham gave to his servant concerning his offspring.
In GEN 24:3 we read, "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." His concern was that he did not want to see his son come back into idol worship from which the Lord had delivered him. The Lord had taken him out of Ur of the Chaldees and had brought him into the land of Canaan and had separated him from his fathers house to remove him from idol worship. He did not want to see his son become entwined and engulfed with the daughters of the land and to marry and become one with the Canaanites, bringing him back into idol worship. What is of more grave concern for parents when they become old than to see that their children do not enter spiritual poverty or settled into the things of this world and die spiritually bankrupt.
As well as the Lord had told Abraham to cast out the bond woman and her son, he saw by faith that the unregenerate Canaanite would not be a compatible wife for the son of promise.
He was looking at Isaac being the son of promise, i.e. "in Isaac shall thy seed be called," GEN 21:l2. He did not want to see that holy seed polluted or see Isaac fall in the snare that he fell in when he married the Egyptian, Hagar. The seed of Hagar would not gender the true seed, the Messiah. The seed of the bond woman had to be cast out, and he understood that. Now his concern was that Isaac would fall in that same trap. He knew the misery that it had brought to his life. He also knew that the Lord would overrule and not allow seed from which the Messiah could not come, but he saw the grief it brought into his life to take Hagar and to have to cast out the son of the bond woman. He did not want to see Isaac entangled with a Canaanite woman, but rather to have a wife that was of the Lord.
In 2CO 6:14-16, we understand what the New Testament teaches concerning this same thing. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" [Abraham understood that Isaac was the son of promise and had the Spirit of God. What fellowship do believers have with unbelievers? What communion has light with darkness? He did not want to see his son in the same trap in which he found himself with Hagar.] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? [When the son of promise was born, he saw how Ishmael was mocking Isaac and Sarah and that there was no harmony.] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? [Abraham had been called out from idol worship and saw that his son must not be polluted with them.] for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." When you have a marriage between a believer and an unbeliever, you have nothing but contention and confusion because there is no harmony or unity or concourse between light and darkness.
Abraham understood the principle that we must interact with the people of this world in the things of this life while we are still to live separate. If we are going to live in this life, we must interact with the people of this world. We're not able to totally isolate ourselves in such a manner that we have no interaction with the world. We must be able to do business with people in the world. We must be able to use their services, have them as our servants, or we may even have to have a job and be their servant. In the things of this life, we must interact, but in our private life, we must remain separate. Note that Abraham had to interact with the people of the land in GEN 23:6-7: "Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead. And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth." We must interact with the people of the land, but we do not become one with them.
Our relationship with the world is blessedly set forth by our Saviour in JOH 17:14-16: "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them [There is no harmony.], because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." The Lord wants us living among the world, in the world, interact with the world, but were not of the world. We become the salt of the earth and the light of the world because they are living with us and see our daily walk of life and our Christian spirit and the love we have for the brethren. It is by the love that we have for the brethren that they know that the Father has sent His Son. These interactions are distinguished from intermarriages. The Lord Jesus was in the world and had to interact with the world. Many, many times he had to come into discussion with the world, with the scribes and with the Pharisees, with the very people who crucified Him. As He said, "the world hath hated them."
They see that spirit of Christ, and they hate you because you are not of the world. But yet, you are in the world.
Abraham expresses his faith in the God who had led him to that hour to send an angel before his servant to prepare the heart of his son's bride. This is so symbolic of the work of grace. The Holy Spirit goes before the servant of the Father. When the Father of heaven and earth sends His servant to bring forth the bride for His Son, the Lord sends His Spirit before them. He sends His angel before them to prepare the heart. When Abraham sent forth his servant to bring forth a bride for his son out of Ur of the Chaldees into Canaan, the Lord sent His angel
in advance to prepare the heart of the bride. When the servant of the Father comes with the good news, the gospel, to declare that He has come to search out a bride for his Masters Son, the heart has already been prepared because the angel of the Lord has gone before Him.
In GEN 24:5-7, we read, "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? And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again." The servant of the father is to bring the bride to the son, but he was not to bring Isaac back to Ur of the Chaldees. This teaches us that the gospel message may not be compromised. In the world today, we may find that those whom they go to get to be the bride of Christ are not willing to follow the servant. They are not willing to come under the ordained way of the gospel. They want to continue on in sin. They dont want to crucify self and walk in the ways of the Spirit. The result is the Word of God is often compromised. They bring the Son back unto them. They come down to the worlds standards. If the world will not come to Jesus, shall Jesus tone down His teachings to meet their standards? Will the world rise up to the Church or will the Church come down to the world? The message is, "Beware. Dont take the gospel and bring it down to their level so they can accept the gospel on their terms."
Salvation is on Gods terms, and that is that Self must be crucified. One must leave father and mother like Abraham who was called out from among them. If they are not willing to pay that price, we are not to bring the gospel down to their level so they can take the gospel on their terms and conditions. In todays Christian churches, they are even taking portions of the gospel and completely striking them out. They are going to take out not only the first five books of the Bible but the entire Old Testament because its old-fashioned. They dont want it. They dont want to stoop to that level. It comes down to Abrahams command, "Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again." We do not bring the gospel down to their level. If they are not able to leave their father and mother, if they are not able to forsake all to follow Christ, you dont bring the gospel down to their terms.
See GEN 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." When it says, "he shall send his angel before thee," the Lord is teaching us that in the gospel sense, the Lord is the first. When the servant of the Father has gone forth to search a wife and to bring a bride for His Son, the Church, it is the Father who goes before and sends His angel to prepare the heart. He opens the heart to receive the message of the gospel, and He gives the surrender and the willingness to forsake all and follow Christ. We do not bring Christ down to where they are able to accept Him. God sends His angel and prepares the heart to the point it is willing to forsake all to follow Him.
It is only by grace, i.e., the divine influence of the Spirit upon the heart, that any person is made willing to be the bride of Christ. See PSA 110:3: "Thy people [Gods chosen people] shall be willing in the day of thy power [They will be willing in the day of His power when He has gone before the messengers of the gospel and has prepared the hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is by the power of grace.], in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth."
Abraham was not concerned about riches, honour, or beauty in the flesh, but only that the bride was from the family of God. It is so important when we seek a partner that the first priority is that we are not unequally yoked. The first priority is that our partner must be from the family of God. It has to be from that family which is of Gods choosing because if it is not, there is no harmony of thinking, no concourse between light and darkness, and there will be nothing but confusion.
Take note of GEN 24:3-4: "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: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac." He wanted his son Isaac to have a wife whom the Lord had prepared and chosen from the house of his fathers.
The preparation for the journey is very simple. The angel of the Lord will go before him. Eliezer, however, does not proceed presumptuously! We must be so careful that even though we may believe circumstances are all according to Gods will, we still do nothing without prayer. Eliezer proceeds very prayerfully.
God so blessedly revealed what blessings He had in store for Israel in EZE 36:24-29. This passage parallels what God is doing for Eliezer. He has already promised that the angel of the Lord will go before him, and yet he has to bring it about. Look at the blessed promises in these verses: "For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. [There is no place where you can ever find a pronunciation of richer blessings, and everyone of them begins with "I will " There was no maybe and no conditions; it was "I will " Does this mean that we can go on in a presumptuous manner and fold our hands in ease as we look at the rich blessings weve been promised? See what the Lord further promises.] I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you." We see also in MAT 6:8 that "...your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him." The Lord knows what we need. We dont need to ask in order to inform the Lord what we need. The Lord has already set forth the tremendous promises that He is going to lay upon the children of Israel.
It is so precious how the Lord holds these promises before His people as a pleading ground, and then He says in EZE 36:37: "Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock." When you and I have the richest promises that the Lord has ever bestowed upon a human being, and they have been applied to our hearts; and we know that the Lord is going to do it, that becomes a pleading ground. Now we come before Him, pleading His promises and His Word. That does not make us careless, but it gives us a pleading ground on which we can come before the Lord, pleading His Word. This is the most powerful prayer that can be uttered by any human being. We plead that for His Names sake, He will do it because He has promised. We do not become idle or merely go on, saying, "Well, the Lord has promised so all I have to do is wait and see." No, it gives us a pleading ground.
Even though God knows what we have need of, prayer is so necessary to generate expectancy, to prepare our hearts to receive God's blessing. Now we start an exercise of faith. God has promised. He will do it. God does not give His blessings to a heart that is cold and that will tramp upon His blessings. We must understand that God first promises, and now we plead His promises. We see faith in exercise, and it generates such expectancy, preparing the heart.
God is pleased when we ask Him in a childlike way for help in a time of need. When we have a need or set of circumstances, we may already have received the consolation that God is going to correct them, but that just gives us more pleading ground. That gives us more basis upon which to pray. In 1PE 5:6-7, we read, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: [When there is true prayer, it brings us in a humble posture of heart before the Lord. Thats what the Lord wants. He wants us to come before Him seeking His blessing even though we may believe there is a promise.] Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." We already have the consolation that He does care for us, but that shouldnt make us become cold. It should make us humble before the Lord.
The prayer of the needy brings them to know the Lord by experiencing His answers to those prayers. When the Lord tells us something and gives us some of the richest promises, we often find that the fulfillment of those promises come about in a way of which we had never dreamed. We can sit and premeditate and presume and think we have it all figured out ten thousand times over in the way which God will bring something about, but when it happens, it is in a way about which we had never dreamed. It brings us into an experience of receiving answers to our prayers. As we struggle and pray and lay our concerns before the Lord, the Lord gives us a little deliverance here and a little there. Each one of these experiences bringing us to the fulfillment of the promise is what teaches us to know the Lord.
I can tell you of an individual that I have known since he was in diapers. His mother and mine were close friends. I used to play with him when our mothers were together. When we became older, we would see each other as young adults. After we got married, we visited back and forth with our families. Youd almost say I knew the man, wouldnt you? No. I learned to know the man when I started doing business with him. Then I found out if his word was good, if his word was his bond. I found out many things, and I realized that I never knew the man until I had dealings with him. You never know the Lord until you have dealings with Him, until you know what it is to receive a promise, and until you know what it is to come before Him prayerfully and urge Him to let you see the fulfillment of His promise. You see how He, day by day, supplies. In dealing with Him, you find that His Word is faithful. You find that what He says is, "yea, and in (Christ) Amen." You find that by having dealings with Him, you learn to know the Lord. We start experiencing answers to our prayers, and we find that the Lord is faithful.
See what we read in JOH 17:3: "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." How do you know Christ? How do you learn to know God? You learn by having dealings with Him. You have had expectancies because He has promised that in His Word. You pleaded His Word and found Him faithful to His Word. He has delivered you here, and here, and here. A man asked me one time if I had ever known what it was to be delivered. I answered, "When? Under what circumstances are you speaking?" I continued, "The Lord has delivered me here, and here, and here. What do you mean, do I understand deliverance? Oh yes." Its something that we have to experience repeatedly because it is thereby that we learn to know the Lord. This is life eternal. You see why it is so urgent that though the angel of the Lord went before us, it did not make us callous or careless.
A most beautiful example is Eliezer who was sent by Abraham to find a wife for Isaac. Read
GEN 24:11-14: "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. 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. [Did he say, O Lord God, Thou hast sent thine angel before me so Im going to sit here and wait till it happens? No. It was in the answering of this prayer that Rebekahs father and brother said that the Lord had done it. That was the evidence because the prayer and its answer is how they learned to know that it was of God.]
Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: [See now how he laid it before the Lord.] 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 other words, what he is saying is that by the answering of this prayer, he would know that the Lord had fulfilled what He had spoken because He said Hed send His angel before him.
After Eliezer explained how God answered his prayer, we read in GEN 24:50-51: "Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD [Eliezer had explained what he had prayed for and how the Lord had answered his prayer.]: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good. Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken." How did the Lord speak? It was through the fact that Eliezer had offered this prayer, and the Lord answered it to the letter. "Let her be thy masters sons wife, as the LORD hath spoken." The Lord spoke in the answer of that prayer. How do we know the Lord? It is life eternal to know the Lord. How do we know Him? It is through His answer to our prayers.
As MAT 6:8 says, "...your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him."
Certainly God knew his need. Eliezer didnt have to lay this before the Lord for the Lord to supply his need. The Lord understood, and He knew, but this is how He convinced Eliezer. This was His evidence that Rebekah was the right woman. It is also how He convinced Laban and Bethuel. God was already answering that prayer before Eliezer ever prayed it. The Lord was in it. The Lord had sent His angel before him.
The Lord was already answering that prayer before Eliezer offered the prayer. Rebecca had to start out to meet him at the well before he began praying. God was providing the answer before that prayer ever entered Eliezer's heart. Sure the Lord knew in advance; He knows all things. But this is how we learn to know God. It was God's answering Eliezer's prayer that brought them to know the Lord by experiencing His answers to those prayers.
Just imagine for a moment what a coincidence to the human reasoning in the same set of circumstances if Eliezer had not prayed. God was already providing for those needs before Eliezer prayed, so God knew his needs, and it was in His decree to provide those needs. But it was also in His decree that Eliezers prayer was part of it. Without God's record of Eliezer's prayer, imagine now how that whole story would change. Well look at the same set of circumstances without prayer. Eliezer would come to that well. He would ask the first girl he met who she was, and he would find out it was Rebecca. Eventually she would agree to go with him, and he would say, "What a coincidence! Isnt that something? I just happened to meet the right woman at the right time in the right place, and she agreed to go." Thats what youd have without prayer.
The Lord has decreed to use prayer to develop spiritual eyesight to see God's hand. If this were all just coincidence, who would ever have seen Gods hand in it? The Lord is pleased to use prayer to develop spiritual experiences of God's dealings with our soul. The reason God is so pleased with prayer is because He has decreed that we are to express our thankfulness as well as our needs and our wants through prayer. It is through prayer that we have the answers to those prayers and learn to know God.
Eliezer not only came to the Lord in his need, but he returned to the Lord with gratitude. The Lord is not only glorified in answering our prayer in a time of need, but the Lord is also glorified when we return back to the Lord with gratitude. We see in GEN 24:26-28: "And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD. 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. And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things." What things did she have to tell? The man had explained to her how it had come about that he had talked to her. He explained how the Lord was in it and had sent His angel before him. He explained how the Lord had led him to the right person. And he "bowed down his head, and worshipped" with her there. She went to her mothers house to tell them what the Lord had done in bringing this man in contact with her.
The Word of God says in 2CO 4:15: "For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God." The word "grace" means the divine influence of the heart, which brings about our actions according to Gods will. We see that God used the answer of that prayer to influence the heart of Rebekah. It was through the abundant grace, the abundance of such divine influence upon the heart, that thanksgiving was brought about which would "redound to the glory of God." The Lord is not only glorified in answering the prayer, but He is also glorified in the thanksgiving for that answer. How often do we find that we pray for something and the Lord grants it? Then we have to get hold of ourselves and remember, "Now we return back to the Lord with gratitude." How often have we prayed when someone was in a calamity, and we asked the Lord to send healing or deliverance and we see it happen? But does our heart return back to the Lord? Does it "redound to the glory of God" that we return with gratitude? The Lord Jesus said, "Were not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?" LUK 17:17. One Samaritan had returned to say thanks because he had been healed of his leprosy. The other nine never returned.
True thanksgiving is a confession of unworthiness. It is a confession that what we received was out of Gods mercy. We were not worthy of it. In PHI 4:6, it states, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Eliezer made his request known unto God, but it was with thanksgiving. He glorified God. Just because "...your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him," does not mean we should not pray. It is all the more reason to pray. One of the things for which we pray is that the Lord will give us the wisdom to understand what His will is so that when we pray, we ask according to His will.
Such knowledge should encourage us to pray. The fact that the Lord already knows our needs should encourage us to bring our needs in a childlike, brief, urgent petition unto the Lord. The Lord doesnt need vain repetition of words and a lot of preaching in a sermon to Him. The Lord desires a childlike spirit. He wants us to come before Him like a small child pleading, "Father, I need this; I need that." The Lord uses many illustrations. He said, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" LUK 11:13. It is those who ask for that Holy Spirit who will receive it because we come to Him in childlike faith with urgency.
MAT 6:6 reads, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." When Eliezer was at the well praying, he was not standing there making a big noise in order to gather a big crowd before whom he could pray and be seen by men. The man was meditating in his heart. Thats what it says, "And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth," GEN 24:45. He was praying before His Father in secret, but now he declared it to Rebekah and to her father and his house because in so doing, they knew it was of the Lord.
The Lord is pleased when we realize we are needy in our selves. In PSA 55:22, we read, " Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved." David learned to cast his burden upon the Lord as we see in PSA 40:16-17: "Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified. But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God." David already knew that the Lord would answer. He was already praising the Lord for the answer that He would grant. But David said, "I am poor and needy." Hes pleading like a little child before the Lord, asking the Lord to supply His needs, "yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer, make no tarrying, O my God." Sometimes we understand what it is to wait upon the Lord, but sometimes we become weary in waiting. Sometimes thats a prayer we must lay before the Lord, "Lord, make no tarrying." In other words, "Now let me see it, now let it be."
The Lord not only delights in our prayers when in need, but He delights in our confession of His wonders. The Lord was very pleased not only in the fact that Eliezer laid it before the Lord, but that he confessed the wonder of the answer to that prayer before the household of Rebekah. In GEN 24:48-49, it says, " 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. 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." He humbly confessed how he had laid it before the Lord and how the Lord had responded with such a remarkable answer. This humble confession of God's providing hand by Eliezer is what the Lord used as the undeniable evidence that His angel had gone before him. In GEN 24:50, we read, "Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good." How did they know? They saw the hand of the Lord in the answer to prayer.
Eliezer was not only faithful to his master, but he realized that when God's way is made clear, delay is dangerous! So often, we dont realize how dangerous it is to delay when the Lord has made His ways known. Note in GEN 24:55-56: "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. 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." Eliezer did not want to tarry and have wining and dining and making merry. The Lord had prospered his way, and he wanted to be on his way. If we believe that the Lord is working grace in our heart, we must not delay in severing ourselves from the things of this life. We must not wait and entertain, bidding everyone farewell in a big party. We must "come out from among them, and be ye separate," 2CO 6:17. Eliezer did not want to wait ten days for a big merrymaking because in the meantime, she might change her mind. In the meantime, if the Spirit of God withdraws Himself because He sees the vanity of the heart, the influence of the Spirit might be gone. We may have failed of the grace of God. This is why we must not delay but must see the urgency of fleeing from the things of this world.
In the way of God's grace, there is grave danger of lingering when the Lord's way is clearly open before our eyes. Christ intercedes as well as the servants the Father has sent to bring in His bride. While Christ is interceding is not the time for us to be making merry. He may not tarry ten days. See GEN 24:63-64: "And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide [Isaac was waiting for his wife to be brought in; she may not be making merry while Isaac is interceding, praying and meditating. Eliezer may not wait ten days.]: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming." We dont realize how the angels in heaven rejoice when one sinner repents, Cf. LUK 15:10. We are not to linger and wait for the things of this life. We must come out and be separate. We must turn like the prodigal son and arise and go. We must turn our back upon the things of this life without lingering because Christ is interceding for His Church. Hes interceding for His bride, and the angels of heaven are waiting to rejoice over a returning, repentant sinner. We see how Isaac "lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming."
When it comes to that marriage union, the bride also makes herself ready. In making herself ready, she doesnt do it by having a big party and a farewell to her old friends. She does it by way of submission. This is so important. As Isaac was out meditating in the field and rejoiced to see the camels coming, we see the bride making herself ready. We read in REV 19:7-8, "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. [There is a preparation on the part of the bride that is very essential. It is the work of sanctification, the work of submission to the will of the bridegroom.] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white [That is of grace; it is a gift of God. That is the grace of God that we are able to be arrayed in fine linen.]: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." It is submission to the will of God. It is the work of grace, working in the heart to bring us into subjection to the Spirit of Christ.
Without Rebekah's veil, that robe of righteousness, our affections become alienated. Thats why they could not tarry ten days. The affection had to be fixed on Isaac, not on her parents, not on her brother. Her affection had to be set on Isaac. She was allured by the riches of Isaac. She had the bracelets and the earrings, those things that showed the riches of Isaac and allured her. Now she had to commence her trail through the wilderness journey to come to Isaac. The affections will become alienated if it werent for that road. Love must be constant and must be kept pure. That fine linen, the righteousness of saints, must be kept pure. Notice what we see in GEN 24:64-65: "And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. 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 veil, and covered herself." See the covering, the veil. Notice in ICO 11:9-10 that the veil, the covering, is given as the symbol of submission. If we understand this, then we understand that the bride of Christ cannot come before the bridegroom without that veil. "Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels." The word "power" in the original means a covering, a sign that she is under the power of her husband, i.e. that she is in submission. The womans covering is the symbol of her submission to her husband. That is what we see in Rebekahs veil. She was demonstrating that she was coming under submission to her husband. That is the fine linen as the bride makes herself ready in REV 19:7-8. She brings herself into total, unconditional surrender. We see that in EPH 5:22-24 where it states that the wife must be in submission even as the Church is in submission to Christ. "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord, For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing." When Rebekah saw that the man was her master, she immediately veiled herself. In other words, she bowed in unconditional surrender and subjection to the lordship and headship of her husband. Amen.
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