ISAAC AND REBEKAH – A PORTRAIT OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH
1. THE WOMAN WAS TO BE STRICTLY FROM ABRAHAM’S FAMILY
So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, “Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; but you shall GO TO MY COUNTRY AND MY FAMILY, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”
The Father has a bride in preparation for Jesus. This bride consists of all who are blood washed born again children of GOD.
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—BUT I AM TALKING ABOUT CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.
MAKE SURE, YOU BELONG TO THIS FAMILY
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.
2. WE ARE NEVER SUPPOSED TO GO BACK TO THE LIFE THAT GOD TOOK US OUT OF
The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?”
“MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT TAKE MY SON BACK THERE,”. Abraham said.
Abraham was called out of the Ur of the Chaldeans, a place of idolatry. That’s where moon worship originated from. In fact up till today, the religions of that area usually have the moon or a portion of it as their symbol of identity.
In Christ we have been called out of the darkness into HIS marvelous light. Determine not to go back to old ways of unbelief and dissipation.
[Therefore beware] brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him], leading you to turn away and desert or stand aloof from the living God.
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.
3. ANGELIC HELP WAS EXPECTED
“The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’—HE WILL SEND HIS ANGEL BEFORE YOU so that you can get a wife for my son from there.
Your life is not haphazard! GOD planed your existence and seasons before you came. And because of this, in the everyday acquisitions and transactions of life, angelic help can be solicited and expected. With angelic help on your side, every assignment will not fail to enjoy invisible invigorating assistance. You will go further, faster and forcefully.
EXPECT GLORIOUS HELP.
God is within her, she will not fall
God will help her at break of day.
Your life is so well planed even your birth place, your continent and time in history, were carefully and lovingly chosen. You neither came too early nor late. You are the right person, at the right time in the right space for the right reason. All that is known by GOD.
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
So, why would your supplies fail? Why should you doubt the originator of the plan? Angels are on stand by – say the right things and aid will be set in motion
Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation?
4. THE HUMAN WILL WAS TAKEN INTO SERIOUS CONSIDERATION
Man is a spirit, has a soul and lives in a body. Even though GOD knows what’s best for man, in this case, the woman in question would be the mother through whom the promised seed would be natured. She would have a prominent place in the history of the human race in many ways.
Unbeknown to her as yet, nations would proceed through her that would impact the landscape of the world as we know it. The nation of Israel would come through her and many of the other major role players that would be born.
Wealth would be at her disposal, her decisions and interventions would sway the direction of the Blessing, as it did with Jacob and Esau.
All this unknown to her yet, she would be inspired by GOD to act well and be positioned for that decisive moment when the camels would need a drink. And although she ticked all the right boxes, there was still the BIG QUESTION; would she be willing? Willing to go with people she did not know that well. To marry a man she had not met yet! All she had were good words and good gifts.
Abraham had made provision for this, just in case the woman was unwilling:
If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine.
Rebekha’s family did not fail to pop this question either!
Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.” So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”
“I will go,” she said.
Great seasons of Blessing await every believer in Christ. But it will take a willingness. No one is kidnapped to heaven. None cajoled to Peace.
If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;
While people have been broken many times through all sorts of rough rides over their will, willingness is a decision of the free will and it is dear to GOD.
how the power of righteousness vs the forces of wickedness operate around human beings is more evident here.
Heaven intervenes while darkness interferes. GOD knocks and waits for a willing response from within. satan rides rough shod over people’s lives whenever he can.
The Spirit of GOD leads, the evil spirits drive and push people do evil.
The key to being led than pushed is to surrender wholly to GOD and HIS Will. GOOD WILL NOT FAIL TO COME YOUR WAY.
For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! NO GOOD THING WILL HE WITHHOLD from those who walk uprightly.