Message Twelve: A Practical Living in Oneness with the Lord and a Type of Christ Marrying the Church
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Scripture Reading: Gen. 24; Eph. 3:8-11; 5:25-27
Gen 24:1        And Abraham was old and advanced in age. And Jehovah had blessed Abraham in all things.
Gen 24:2        And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his house, who ruled over all that he had, Put your hand under my thigh;
Gen 24:3        And I will make you swear by Jehovah, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am dwelling.
Gen 24:4        But you shall go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.
Gen 24:5        And the servant said to him, Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from where you came?
Gen 24:6        And Abraham said to him, Be certain not to take my son back there.
Gen 24:7        Jehovah, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me, and who swore to me, saying, To your seed I will give this land, He will send His angel before you; and you shall take a wife for my son from there.
Gen 24:8        And if the woman is not willing to follow you, you shall be free from this oath of mine; only you shall not take my son back there.
Gen 24:9        So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.
Gen 24:10      And the servant took ten camels from the camels of his master and departed, having all kinds of his master's good things in his hand. And he rose up and went to Aram-naharaim, to the city of Nahor.
Gen 24:11      And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, at the time when women go out to draw water.
Gen 24:12      And he said, O Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham.
Gen 24:13      I am standing here by the spring of water as the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.
Gen 24:14      And may it be that the girl to whom I say, Please let down your pitcher that I may drink, and who says, Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink, may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant, for Isaac; and in this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.
Gen 24:15      But before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, coming out with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
Gen 24:16      And the girl was very beautiful in appearance, a virgin, and no man had known her. And she went down to the spring and filled her pitcher and came up.
Gen 24:17      And the servant ran to meet her and said, Please let me sip a little water from your pitcher.
Gen 24:18      And she said, Drink, my lord. And she hurried and lowered her pitcher on her hand and gave him a drink.
Gen 24:19      And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.
Gen 24:20      And she hurried and emptied her pitcher into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew it for all his camels.
Gen 24:21      And the man gazed fixedly upon her in silence to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not.
Gen 24:22      And when the camels had finished drinking, the man took a golden nose-ring weighing half a shekel and two bracelets for her hands weighing ten gold shekels,
Gen 24:23      And said, Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room in your father's house for us to lodge in?
Gen 24:24      And she said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.
Gen 24:25      She also said to him, We have plenty of straw and fodder and also a place to lodge.
Gen 24:26      And the man bowed and worshipped Jehovah.
Gen 24:27      And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His lovingkindness and His faithfulness toward my master. As for me, Jehovah has led me in the way to the house of my master's brothers.
Gen 24:28      And the girl ran and told her mother's house about these things.
Gen 24:29      And Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban, and Laban ran out to the man, to the spring.
Gen 24:30      As soon as he had seen the nose-ring and the bracelets upon his sister's hands, and had heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, This is what the man spoke to me, he went to the man. And there he was, standing by the camels at the spring.
Gen 24:31      And he said, Come in, O blessed of Jehovah! Why do you stand outside when I have prepared the house and a place for the camels?
Gen 24:32      And the man came into the house, and Laban unloaded the camels. And he gave straw and fodder to the camels and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.
Gen 24:33      And food was set before him to eat. But he said, I will not eat until I have stated my business. And he said, Speak on.
Gen 24:34      And he said, I am Abraham's servant.
Gen 24:35      And Jehovah has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great. And He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and male servants and female servants, and camels and donkeys.
Gen 24:36      And Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master after she had become old. And he has given all that he has to him.
Gen 24:37      And my master made me swear, saying, You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell.
Gen 24:38      But you shall go to my father's house and to my family, and take a wife for my son.
Gen 24:39      And I said to my master, Perhaps the woman will not follow me.
Gen 24:40      And he said to me, Jehovah, before whom I walk, will send His angel with you and make your journey prosperous. And you shall take a wife for my son from my family, even from my father's house.
Gen 24:41      Then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my family and if they do not give her to you; you will be free from my oath.
Gen 24:42      And I came today to the spring and said, O Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, if now You will only make my journey on which I go prosperous!
Gen 24:43      I am standing here by the spring of water, and may it be that the maiden who comes out to draw water, to whom I will say, Please give me a little water from your pitcher to drink,
Gen 24:44      And she will say to me, Drink, and I will also draw water for your camels, may she be the woman whom Jehovah has appointed for my master's son.
Gen 24:45      Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there came Rebekah, and her pitcher was on her shoulder. And she went down to the spring and drew water. And I said to her, Please let me drink.
Gen 24:46      And she hurried and let down her pitcher from her shoulder and said, Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink. So I drank, and she also gave the camels a drink.
Gen 24:47      And I asked her and said, Whose daughter are you? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him. And I put the nose-ring upon her nose and the bracelets upon her hands.
Gen 24:48      And I bowed and worshipped Jehovah and blessed Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the right way to take the daughter of my master's brother for his son.
Gen 24:49      And now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me so; but if not, tell me so, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.
Gen 24:50      Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The matter comes from Jehovah; we cannot speak to you bad or good.
Gen 24:51      Here is Rebekah before you: Take her, and go; and let her be the wife of your master's son, as Jehovah has spoken.
Gen 24:52      And when Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed down to the earth to Jehovah.
Gen 24:53      And the servant brought forth silver jewelry and gold jewelry and clothing and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.
Gen 24:54      And they ate and drank, he and the men who were with him, and spent the night. And they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away to my master.
Gen 24:55      And her brother and her mother said, Let the girl stay with us a few days, ten or so; after that she may go.
Gen 24:56      And he said to them, Do not delay me, since Jehovah has made my journey prosperous. Send me away that I may go to my master.
Gen 24:57      And they said, Let us call the girl and ask her.
Gen 24:58      And they called Rebekah and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I will go.
Gen 24:59      So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse and Abraham's servant and his men.
Gen 24:60      And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, May you, our sister, become / Thousands of ten thousands, / And may your seed possess / The gate of those who hate them.
Gen 24:61      And Rebekah arose with her maids, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. And the servant took Rebekah and went away.
Gen 24:62      Now Isaac had come from going to Beer-lahai-roi, for he was dwelling in the region of the Negev.
Gen 24:63      And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming.
Gen 24:64      And Rebekah lifted up her eyes; and when she saw Isaac, she sprang off the camel.
Gen 24:65      And she said to the servant, Who is this man who is walking in the field to meet us? And the servant said, It is my master. And she took her veil and covered herself.
Gen 24:66      And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
Gen 24:67      And Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother. And he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted after the death of his mother.
Eph 3:8          To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel
Eph 3:9          And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,
Eph 3:10        In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,
Eph 3:11        According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Eph 5:25        Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her
Eph 5:26        That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,
Eph 5:27        That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
 
 
I.     The primary point in Genesis 24 is the practical living in oneness with the Lord for the fulfilling of God’s purpose:
Gen 24:4        (be omitted.)
A.     Abraham’s living was a practical living in oneness with the Lord:
1.      Although there is no record of God telling Abraham to take a wife for his son from his own country, Abraham had this understanding; it came from his living in accordance with God’s concept; because Abraham lived in oneness with God, he knew God’s will and mind and acted in accordance with God’s inner feeling—vv. 1-6, 40; cf. 1 Cor. 7:25; 2 Cor. 2:10; Phil. 1:8.
Gen 24:1        And Abraham was old and advanced in age. And Jehovah had blessed Abraham in all things.
Gen 24:2        And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his house, who ruled over all that he had, Put your hand under my thigh;
Gen 24:3        And I will make you swear by Jehovah, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am dwelling.
Gen 24:4        But you shall go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.
Gen 24:5        And the servant said to him, Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from where you came?
Gen 24:6        And Abraham said to him, Be certain not to take my son back there.
Gen 24:40      And he said to me, Jehovah, before whom I walk, will send His angel with you and make your journey prosperous. And you shall take a wife for my son from my family, even from my father's house.
1 Cor 7:25      Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord, but I give my opinion as one who has been shown mercy by the Lord to be faithful.
2 Cor 2:10      But whom you forgive anything, I also forgive; for also what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, it is for your sake in the person of Christ;
Phil 1:8          For God is my witness how I long after you all in the inward parts of Christ Jesus.
2.      Abraham was a man who lived in oneness with God (James 2:23; 2 Chron. 20:7; Isa. 41:8); if we love the Lord and live in oneness with Him, whatever we say and do will be in accordance with His likes and dislikes and with His inner will and His mind.
James 2:23    And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness"; and he was called the friend of God.
2 Chron 20:7  Did You not, O our God, dispossess the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it forever to the seed of Abraham Your friend?
Isa 41:8          But you, Israel, My servant, / Jacob, whom I have chosen, / The seed of Abraham My friend;
3.      If we live in oneness with the Lord, He will not need to tell us what He desires, because we shall already know His inner feeling by being one with Him; we need such a living for the fulfillment of God’s purpose today.
4.      Abraham moved in accordance with God’s economy; what he did in obtaining a wife for Isaac was for the fulfillment of God’s eternal purpose — Gen. 24:3-8.
Gen 24:3        And I will make you swear by Jehovah, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am dwelling.
Gen 24:4        But you shall go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.
Gen 24:5        And the servant said to him, Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from where you came?
Gen 24:6        And Abraham said to him, Be certain not to take my son back there.
Gen 24:7        Jehovah, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me, and who swore to me, saying, To your seed I will give this land, He will send His angel before you; and you shall take a wife for my son from there.
Gen 24:8        And if the woman is not willing to follow you, you shall be free from this oath of mine; only you shall not take my son back there.
5.      The primary thing revealed in Genesis 24 is the practical living in accordance with God’s economy for the carrying out of His eternal purpose; we need a life resembling that of Abraham; his motive, his action, and everything he did were in accordance with God’s economy—Rom. 4:12; cf. 1 Sam. 4:3, footnote 1.
Rom 4:12       And the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had in uncircumcision.
1 Sam 4:3      And when the people came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, Why has Jehovah struck us down today before the Philistines? Let us take for ourselves the Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah from Shiloh that it may come into our midst, and thus save us from the hand of our enemies.
note 1      In their degradation Israel was foolish because they did not trust in God directly. Rather, they trusted in the systems ordained by God. In their situation they should have repented, made a thorough confession, and returned to God from their idols, and they should have inquired of God as to what He wanted them to do. Instead, having no heart for God's desire or for His eternal economy, they exercised their superstition to trust in the Ark based on the past victories they had experienced through the move of the Ark (Num.10:35; Josh. 6). But this time their situation was not right. In their degradation they offended God to the uttermost, and God left them. Eventually, instead of the Ark saving Israel, the Ark itself was captured (v. 11a).
The Ark typifies Christ as the embodiment of God (see note 101 in Exo.25). It also signifies Christ as the presence of the Triune God with His people for the carrying out of His economy to establish His kingdom on earth. To bring out the Ark was to bring out the presence of God (v. 4). The move of the Ark was a picture of God's move on the earth in Christ as His embodiment (Num. 10:33-36; see note 11 in Psa.68). During Israel's fighting with the Philistines, God did not intend to move. The children of Israel had no thought of or concern for God's economy, and their bringing out the Ark indicated that they were usurping God, even forcing Him to go  out with them for their safety, peace, rest, and profit. In principle, we do the same  thing whenever we pray for our prosperity without any consideration of God's economy. Instead of usurping God, we should pray, live, and be persons according to God’s heart and for His economy.
6.     Genesis 24:40 indicates that Abraham walked before the Lord; since he walked in the Lord’s presence, whatever he did was God’s will and according to His economy.
Gen 24:40      And he said to me, Jehovah, before whom I walk, will send His angel with you and make your journey prosperous. And you shall take a wife for my son from my family, even from my father's house.
7.      Abraham did not charge his servant to be faithful, to be honest, or to do a good work; he charged him with and by the Lord (vv. 2-3, 9, 40-41); by charging his servant with the Lord, he brought him deep into the Lord.
Gen 24:2        And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his house, who ruled over all that he had, Put your hand under my thigh;
Gen 24:3        And I will make you swear by Jehovah, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am dwelling.
Gen 24:9        So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.
Gen 24:40      And he said to me, Jehovah, before whom I walk, will send His angel with you and make your journey prosperous. And you shall take a wife for my son from my family, even from my father's house.
Gen 24:41      Then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my family and if they do not give her to you; you will be free from my oath.
B.     Abraham’s oldest servant was faithful in responsibility—vv. 5, 9, 33, 54, 56:
Gen 24:5        And the servant said to him, Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from where you came?
Gen 24:9        So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.
Gen 24:33      And food was set before him to eat. But he said, I will not eat until I have stated my business. And he said, Speak on.
Gen 24:54      And they ate and drank, he and the men who were with him, and spent the night. And they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away to my master.
Gen 24:56      And he said to them, Do not delay me, since Jehovah has made my journey prosperous. Send me away that I may go to my master.
1.      Abraham’s servant followed in Abraham’s footsteps by trusting in the Lord for his responsibility; he prayed to the Lord in a clear, humble, yet simple way; everyone who truly believes in God is simple —vv. 12-14, 21, 42; cf. 2 Cor. 1:12; 11:2-3.
Gen 24:12      And he said, O Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham.
Gen 24:13      I am standing here by the spring of water as the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.
Gen 24:14      And may it be that the girl to whom I say, Please let down your pitcher that I may drink, and who says, Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink, may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant, for Isaac; and in this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.
Gen 24:21      And the man gazed fixedly upon her in silence to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not.
Gen 24:42      And I came today to the spring and said, O Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, if now You will only make my journey on which I go prosperous!
2 Cor 1:12      For our boasting is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in singleness and sincerity of God, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you.
2 Cor 11:2      For I am jealous over you with a jealousy of God; for I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
2 Cor 11:3      But I fear lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your thoughts would be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity toward Christ.
2.      The servant knew the Lord’s will by looking for His leading and sovereignty in the environment—Gen. 24:13-21, 26-27, 48-49.
Gen 24:13      I am standing here by the spring of water as the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.
Gen 24:14      And may it be that the girl to whom I say, Please let down your pitcher that I may drink, and who says, Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink, may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant, for Isaac; and in this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.
Gen 24:15      But before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, coming out with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
Gen 24:16      And the girl was very beautiful in appearance, a virgin, and no man had known her. And she went down to the spring and filled her pitcher and came up.
Gen 24:17      And the servant ran to meet her and said, Please let me sip a little water from your pitcher.
Gen 24:18      And she said, Drink, my lord. And she hurried and lowered her pitcher on her hand and gave him a drink.
Gen 24:19      And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.
Gen 24:20      And she hurried and emptied her pitcher into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew it for all his camels.
Gen 24:21      And the man gazed fixedly upon her in silence to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not.
Gen 24:26      And the man bowed and worshipped Jehovah.
Gen 24:27      And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His lovingkindness and His faithfulness toward my master. As for me, Jehovah has led me in the way to the house of my master's brothers.
Gen 24:48      And I bowed and worshipped Jehovah and blessed Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the right way to take the daughter of my master's brother for his son.
Gen 24:49      And now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me so; but if not, tell me so, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.
C.     Rebekah was chaste, kind, and diligent (vv. 16, 18-20); she was also absolute in her decision to take Isaac as her husband (vv. 57-58, 61) and was submissive to Isaac (vv. 64-65); as such, she is an excellent type of the church as the bride, the wife, of Christ (cf. Eph. 5:23-25).
Gen 24:16      And the girl was very beautiful in appearance, a virgin, and no man had known her. And she went down to the spring and filled her pitcher and came up.
Gen 24:18      And she said, Drink, my lord. And she hurried and lowered her pitcher on her hand and gave him a drink.
Gen 24:19      And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.
Gen 24:20      And she hurried and emptied her pitcher into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew it for all his camels.
Gen 24:57      And they said, Let us call the girl and ask her.
Gen 24:58      And they called Rebekah and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I will go.
Gen 24:61      And Rebekah arose with her maids, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. And the servant took Rebekah and went away.
Gen 24:64      And Rebekah lifted up her eyes; and when she saw Isaac, she sprang off the camel.
Gen 24:65      And she said to the servant, Who is this man who is walking in the field to meet us? And the servant said, It is my master. And she took her veil and covered herself.
Eph 5:23        For a husband is head of the wife as also Christ is Head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the Body.
Eph 5:24        But as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be subject to their husbands in everything.
Eph 5:25        Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her
D.     Laban and Bethuel were in the fear of the Lord; they were also very hospitable — Gen. 24:31-33, 50-51, 55-60.
Gen 24:31      And he said, Come in, O blessed of Jehovah! Why do you stand outside when I have prepared the house and a place for the camels?
Gen 24:32      And the man came into the house, and Laban unloaded the camels. And he gave straw and fodder to the camels and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.
Gen 24:33      And food was set before him to eat. But he said, I will not eat until I have stated my business. And he said, Speak on.
Gen 24:50      Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The matter comes from Jehovah; we cannot speak to you bad or good.
Gen 24:51      Here is Rebekah before you: Take her, and go; and let her be the wife of your master's son, as Jehovah has spoken.
Gen 24:55      And her brother and her mother said, Let the girl stay with us a few days, ten or so; after that she may go.
Gen 24:56      And he said to them, Do not delay me, since Jehovah has made my journey prosperous. Send me away that I may go to my master.
Gen 24:57      And they said, Let us call the girl and ask her.
Gen 24:58      And they called Rebekah and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I will go.
Gen 24:59      So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse and Abraham's servant and his men.
Gen 24:60      And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, May you, our sister, become / Thousands of ten thousands, / And may your seed possess / The gate of those who hate them.
E.      Isaac was meditating in the field to seek the Lord; after the servant told Isaac all that had happened, Isaac took what his father had done for him and married Rebekah; his marriage eventually fulfilled the purpose of God—vv. 63, 66-67; 21:12b; 22:17-18.
Gen 24:63      And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming.
Gen 24:66      And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
Gen 24:67      And Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother. And he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted after the death of his mother.
Gen 21:12b    … Whatever Sarah says to you, listen to her voice, for in Isaac shall your seed be called.
Gen 22:17      I will surely bless you and will greatly multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens and like the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
Gen 22:18      And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.
F.      The life of those in Genesis 24 was not merely for their own human living; it was a life that issued in the fulfillment of God’s eternal purpose, a life that brought forth Christ and produced the kingdom of God for God’s economy; thus, in the gaining of a wife for Isaac, everything was done according to God’s economy to bring forth Christ for the producing of the kingdom of God—v. 40; 22:17-18; Gal. 3:16, 29.
Gen 24:40      And he said to me, Jehovah, before whom I walk, will send His angel with you and make your journey prosperous. And you shall take a wife for my son from my family, even from my father's house.
Gen 22:17      I will surely bless you and will greatly multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens and like the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
Gen 22:18      And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.
Gal 3:16         But to Abraham were the promises spoken and to his seed. He does not say, And to the seeds, as concerning many, but as concerning one: "And to your seed," who is Christ.
Gal 3:29         And if you are of Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, heirs according to promise.
 
II.   In Genesis 24 there is an account of the marriage of Isaac with four main persons: Abraham typifies God the Father, Isaac typifies God the Son, the servant typifies God the Spirit, and Rebekah typifies the chosen people of God, who will marry the Son and become His counterpart— John 3:29; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:25-32; Rev. 19:7-9; 21:2, 9-10:
John 3:29       He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This joy of mine therefore is made full.
2 Cor 11:2      For I am jealous over you with a jealousy of God; for I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
Eph 5:25        Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her
Eph 5:26        That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,
Eph 5:27        That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
Eph 5:28        In the same way the husbands also ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his own wife loves himself.
Eph 5:29        For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ also the church,
Eph 5:30        Because we are members of His Body.
Eph 5:31        For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.
Eph 5:32        This mystery is great, but I speak with regard to Christ and the church.
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
Rev 19:8        And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.
Rev 19:9        And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they who are called to the marriage dinner of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God.
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:9        And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.
Rev 21:10      And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
A.     In eternity past God the Father had an eternal purpose, an eternal plan, to gain the church as a bride for His Son out of the human race —Eph. 3:8-11; 2:10; Matt. 9:15:
Eph 3:8          To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel
Eph 3:9          And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,
Eph 3:10        In order that now to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenlies the multifarious wisdom of God might be made known through the church,
Eph 3:11        According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Eph 2:10        For we are His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand in order that we would walk in them.
Matt 9:15       And Jesus said to them, The sons of the bridechamber cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
1.      Abraham, a type of the Father, charged his servant, a type of the Holy Spirit, not to take a wife for his son from the daughters of the Canaanites but from Abraham’s relatives— Gen. 24:3-4, 7.
Gen 24:3        And I will make you swear by Jehovah, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am dwelling.
Gen 24:4        But you shall go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.
Gen 24:7        Jehovah, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me, and who swore to me, saying, To your seed I will give this land, He will send His angel before you; and you shall take a wife for my son from there.
2.      In typology the fact that Isaac’s bride was taken from Abraham’s relatives indicates that the counterpart of Christ must come from Christ’s race, not from the angels or from any other creatures; since Christ was incarnated to be a man, humanity has become His race—cf. 2:21-22; 1:26; Acts 17:28-29a; John 1:14; Rev. 22:17a.
Gen 2:21        And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place.
Gen 2:22        And Jehovah God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman and brought her to the man.
Gen 1:26        And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
Acts 17:28     For in Him we live and move and are, as even some poets among you have said, For we are also His race.
Acts 17:29a    Being then the race of God, …
John 1:14       And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
Rev 22:17a     And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come! …
B.     In time God the Father commissioned God the Spirit, sent Him on an errand, to carry out the Father ’s plan by going to reach and contact the chosen bride and bring her to God the Son to be His counterpart, His wife — Gen. 24:3:
Gen 24:3        And I will make you swear by Jehovah, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am dwelling.
1.      Just as the servant was hunting for a wife for Isaac, the Spirit is hunting for a wife for God the Son through His seeking sanctification—vv. 11-14, 24; John 4:6-7, 10; 1 Pet. 1:2; Luke 15:8-10; John 16:8-11.
Gen 24:11      And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, at the time when women go out to draw water.
Gen 24:12      And he said, O Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham.
Gen 24:13      I am standing here by the spring of water as the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.
Gen 24:14      And may it be that the girl to whom I say, Please let down your pitcher that I may drink, and who says, Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink, may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant, for Isaac; and in this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.
Gen 24:24      And she said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.
John 4:6        And Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from the journey, sat thus by the well; it was about the sixth hour.
John 4:7        There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, Give Me something to drink.
John 4:10       Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God and who it is who says to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.
1 Pet 1:2        Chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father in the sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
Luke 15:8       Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one silver coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek carefully until she finds it?
Luke 15:9       And when she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I lost.
Luke 15:10     In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting.
John 16:8       And when He comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and concerning righteousness and concerning judgment:
John 16:9       Concerning sin, because they do not believe into Me;
John 16:10     And concerning righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you no longer behold Me;
John 16:11     And concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
2.      Just as the servant brought the riches of Isaac to Rebekah, the Spirit brings the riches of Christ to the bride — Gen. 24:10, 22, 47, 53; John 16:13-15:
Gen 24:10      And the servant took ten camels from the camels of his master and departed, having all kinds of his master's good things in his hand. And he rose up and went to Aram-naharaim, to the city of Nahor.
Gen 24:22      And when the camels had finished drinking, the man took a golden nose-ring weighing half a shekel and two bracelets for her hands weighing ten gold shekels,
Gen 24:47      And I asked her and said, Whose daughter are you? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him. And I put the nose-ring upon her nose and the bracelets upon her hands.
Gen 24:53      And the servant brought forth silver jewelry and gold jewelry and clothing and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.
John 16:13     But when He, the Spirit of reality, comes, He will guide you into all the reality; for He will not speak from Himself, but what He hears He will speak; and He will declare to you the things that are coming.
John 16:14     He will glorify Me, for He will receive of Mine and will declare it to you.
John 16:15     All that the Father has is Mine; for this reason I have said that He receives of Mine and will declare it to you.
a.      After the camels had finished drinking, the servant put a golden nose-ring upon Rebekah’s nose and two bracelets upon her hands— Gen. 24:22, 47:
Gen 24:22      And when the camels had finished drinking, the man took a golden nose-ring weighing half a shekel and two bracelets for her hands weighing ten gold shekels,
Gen 24:47      And I asked her and said, Whose daughter are you? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him. And I put the nose-ring upon her nose and the bracelets upon her hands.
1)      The putting of the nose-ring, weighing half a shekel, upon Rebekah’s nose signifies that her “smelling” function had been caught by the divine nature with the foretaste of the Spirit, which guarantees that the full taste is coming— cf. S. S. 7:4, 8; 2:3; Heb. 6:4-6; Lev. 21:18; 1 Cor. 2:15; Rom. 8:23; Eph. 1:13-14.
S.S. 7:4         Your neck is like a tower of ivory; / Your eyes, like the pools in Heshbon / By the gate of Bath-rabbim; / Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon, / Which faces Damascus.
S.S. 7:8         I said, I will climb the palm tree; / I will take hold of its branches; / And let your breasts be like clusters of the vine, / And the fragrance of your nose like apples,
S.S. 2:3         As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, / So is my beloved among the sons: In his shade I delighted and sat down, / And his fruit was sweet to my taste.
Heb 6:4          For it is impossible for those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit
Heb 6:5          And have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
Heb 6:6          And yet have fallen away, to renew themselves again unto repentance, crucifying again for themselves the Son of God and putting Him to open shame.
Lev 21:18       For no one who has a defect shall approach: one who is blind or lame or with a disfigured nose or with an extended limb,
1 Cor 2:15      But the spiritual man discerns all things, but he himself is discerned by no one.
Rom 8:23       And not only so, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan in ourselves, eagerly awaiting sonship, the redemption of our body.
Eph 1:13        In whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise,
Eph 1:14        Who is the pledge of our inheritance unto the redemption of the acquired possession, to the praise of His glory.
2)      The putting of the bracelets, weighing ten gold shekels, upon Rebekah’s hands signifies that we are “handcuffed” by the Spirit to receive the complete divine function for the service in the Body of Christ—1 Tim. 2:8; Eph. 3:1; 4:1; 6:20; Rom. 12:4; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Matt. 25:15.
1 Tim 2:8        I desire therefore that men pray in every place, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and reasoning;
Eph 3:1          For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you, the Gentiles-
Eph 4:1          I beseech you therefore, I, the prisoner in the Lord, to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called,
Eph 6:20        For which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I would speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Rom 12:4       For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function,
1 Cor 12:4      But there are distinctions of gifts, but the same Spirit;
1 Cor 12:5      And there are distinctions of ministries, yet the same Lord;
1 Cor 12:6      And there are distinctions of operations, but the same God, who operates all things in all.
1 Cor 12:7      But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for what is profitable.
1 Cor 12:8      For to one through the Spirit a word of wisdom is given, and to another a word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit;
1 Cor 12:9      To a different one faith in the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing in the one Spirit,
1 Cor 12:10    And to another operations of works of power, and to another prophecy, and to another discerning of spirits; to a different one various kinds of tongues, and to another interpretation of tongues.
1 Cor 12:11    But the one and the same Spirit operates all these things, distributing to each one respectively even as He purposes.
Matt 25:15      To one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability. And he went abroad.
b.      Rebekah also received silver jewelry, gold jewelry, and clothing (Gen. 24:53), all of which indicate that in the church life all the riches of Christ are ours:
Gen 24:53      And the servant brought forth silver jewelry and gold jewelry and clothing and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.
1)      Just as the servant imparted Isaac’s wealth to Rebekah for her beautification in order for her to return to Isaac for his glorification, the Spirit transmits the riches of Christ’s glory into us for our beautification so that we may return to Christ as His bride for His glorification—vv. 47, 53, 61-67; Eph. 3:16, 21.
Gen 24:47      And I asked her and said, Whose daughter are you? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him. And I put the nose-ring upon her nose and the bracelets upon her hands.
Gen 24:53      And the servant brought forth silver jewelry and gold jewelry and clothing and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.
Gen 24:61      And Rebekah arose with her maids, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. And the servant took Rebekah and went away.
Gen 24:62      Now Isaac had come from going to Beer-lahai-roi, for he was dwelling in the region of the Negev.
Gen 24:63      And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming.
Gen 24:64      And Rebekah lifted up her eyes; and when she saw Isaac, she sprang off the camel.
Gen 24:65      And she said to the servant, Who is this man who is walking in the field to meet us? And the servant said, It is my master. And she took her veil and covered herself.
Gen 24:66      And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
Gen 24:67      And Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother. And he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted after the death of his mother.
Eph 3:16        That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,
Eph 3:21        To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations forever and ever. Amen.
2)      We are adorned to be Christ’s bride by the dispensing of His unsearchable riches into us through the Spirit’s dispositional sanctification—Rev. 21:2, 19a; Isa. 54:10-13; 1 Thes. 5:23; Eph. 3:8:
Rev 21:2        And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:19a     The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every precious stone: …
Isa 54:10        For the mountains may depart, / And the hills may shake, / But My lovingkindness will not depart from you, / And My covenant of peace will not shake, / Says Jehovah who has compassion on you.
Isa 54:11        O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, / Indeed, I Myself will lay down your stones in dark mortar, / And will lay your foundations with sapphires.
Isa 54:12        And I will make your battlements of rubies, / And your gates of carbuncles, / And all your borders will be precious stones.
Isa 54:13        And all your children will be taught of Jehovah, / And the peace of your children will be great.
1 Thes 5:23    And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Eph 3:8          To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel
a)      To receive the dispensing of Christ in His unsearchable riches, we must know, we must use, and we must exercise our spirit, caring for the sanctifying Spirit’s speaking and working in our spirit—Rom. 15:16; Eph. 1:17; 2:22; 3:5, 16; 4:23; 5:18; 6:18.
Rom 15:16     That I might be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, a laboring priest of the gospel of God, in order that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, having been sanctified in the Holy Spirit.
Eph 1:17        That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him,
Eph 2:22        In whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.
Eph 3:5          Which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in spirit,
Eph 3:16        That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,
Eph 4:23        And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Eph 5:18        And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissoluteness, but be filled in spirit,
Eph 6:18        By means of all prayer and petition, praying at every time in spirit and watching unto this in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints,
b)      To receive the dispensing of Christ in His unsearchable riches, we must be sanctified by the metabolic cleansing of the instant, present, and living word of Christ—5:26-27; cf. S. S. 8:13-14; Rev. 1:20.
Eph 5:26        That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word,
Eph 5:27        That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.
S.S. 8:13       O you who dwell in the gardens, / My companions listen for your voice; / Let me hear it.
S.S. 8:14       Make haste, my beloved, / And be like a gazelle or a young hart / Upon the mountains of spices.
Rev 1:20        The mystery of the seven stars which you saw upon My right hand and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
3.      Just as Rebekah was convinced by the servant to marry Isaac, the Spirit attracts us to Christ and causes us to love Him whom we have not seen—Gen. 24:54-58; 1 Pet. 1:8; 2:7; cf. Hymns, #546:
Gen 24:54      And they ate and drank, he and the men who were with him, and spent the night. And they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away to my master.
Gen 24:55      And her brother and her mother said, Let the girl stay with us a few days, ten or so; after that she may go.
Gen 24:56      And he said to them, Do not delay me, since Jehovah has made my journey prosperous. Send me away that I may go to my master.
Gen 24:57      And they said, Let us call the girl and ask her.
Gen 24:58      And they called Rebekah and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I will go.
1 Pet 1:8        Whom having not seen, you love; into whom though not seeing Him at present, yet believing, you exult with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory,
1 Pet 2:7        To you therefore who believe is the preciousness; but to the unbelieving, "The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the head of the corner,"
Hymns, #546
1       I love my Lord, but with no love of mine,
For I have none to give;
I love Thee, Lord, but all the love is Thine,
For by Thy love I live.
I am as nothing, and rejoice to be Emptied,
and lost, and swallow'd up in Thee.
2       Thou, Lord, alone, art all Thy children need,
And there is none beside;
From Thee the streams of blessedness proceed,
In Thee the bless'd abide.
Fountain of life, and all-abounding grace,
Our source, our center, and our dwelling-place.
a.      The Spirit comes to the believers and testifies to them of the riches of Christ, which He has received from the Father (cf. Gen. 24:35-36), causing the believers to be attracted to Christ and to love Him, to forsake the world, and to leave their natural relations in the flesh (v. 58) to be joined to Christ (Matt. 19:29), even though they have never seen Him (1 Pet. 1:8).
Gen 24:35      And Jehovah has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great. And He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and male servants and female servants, and camels and donkeys.
Gen 24:36      And Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master after she had become old. And he has given all that he has to him.
Gen 24:58      And they called Rebekah and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I will go.
Matt 19:29      And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My name's sake shall receive a hundred times as much and shall inherit eternal life.
1 Pet 1:8        Whom having not seen, you love; into whom though not seeing Him at present, yet believing, you exult with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory,
b.      Before Rebekah met Isaac in the good land, she had participated in and enjoyed Isaac’s inheritance through the servant’s gifts; likewise, before we meet Christ, we enjoy the gifts of the Spirit as a foretaste of the full taste of His riches— Gen. 24:53; Heb. 6:4; Rom. 8:23.
Gen 24:53      And the servant brought forth silver jewelry and gold jewelry and clothing and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.
Heb 6:4          For it is impossible for those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit
Rom 8:23       And not only so, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan in ourselves, eagerly awaiting sonship, the redemption of our body.
4.      Just as the servant brought Rebekah to Isaac, the Spirit is bringing us to Christ to present us to Christ as His lovely bride — Gen. 24:51, 58, 61-67; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; 3:6, 8, 17-18; 13:14.
Gen 24:51      Here is Rebekah before you: Take her, and go; and let her be the wife of your master's son, as Jehovah has spoken.
Gen 24:58      And they called Rebekah and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I will go.
Gen 24:61      And Rebekah arose with her maids, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. And the servant took Rebekah and went away.
Gen 24:62      Now Isaac had come from going to Beer-lahai-roi, for he was dwelling in the region of the Negev.
Gen 24:63      And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming.
Gen 24:64      And Rebekah lifted up her eyes; and when she saw Isaac, she sprang off the camel.
Gen 24:65      And she said to the servant, Who is this man who is walking in the field to meet us? And the servant said, It is my master. And she took her veil and covered herself.
Gen 24:66      And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
Gen 24:67      And Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother. And he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted after the death of his mother.
2 Cor 1:21      But the One who firmly attaches us with you unto Christ and has anointed us is God,
2 Cor 1:22      He who has also sealed us and given the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.
2 Cor 3:6        Who has also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant, ministers not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Cor 3:8        How shall the ministry of the Spirit not be more in glory?
2 Cor 3:17      And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Cor 3:18      But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.
2 Cor 13:14    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C.     Isaac received Rebekah in the evening, signifying that the marriage of Christ will be at the evening, the close, of this age — Gen. 24:63-64:
Gen 24:63      And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming.
Gen 24:64      And Rebekah lifted up her eyes; and when she saw Isaac, she sprang off the camel.
1.      Isaac brought Rebekah into the tent of Sarah, his mother, and loved Rebekah, signifying that Christ will receive His bride in grace as well as in love —v. 67; 1 Tim. 1:14; Eph. 6:24; Rev. 22:21.
Gen 24:67      And Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother. And he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted after the death of his mother.
1 Tim 1:14      And the grace of our Lord superabounded with faith and love in Christ Jesus.
Eph 6:24        Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruptibility.
Rev 22:21      The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.
2.      After marrying Rebekah, Isaac was comforted, satisfied; likewise, Christ will be satisfied on the day of His marriage; our comfort is His comfort, and His satisfaction is our satisfaction—19:7; cf. 2 Cor. 5:9; Heb. 11:5-6.
Rev 19:7        Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
2 Cor 5:9        Therefore also we are determined, whether at home or abroad, to gain the honor of being well pleasing to Him.
Heb 11:5        By faith Enoch was translated so that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For before his translation he obtained the testimony that he had been well pleasing to God.
Heb 11:6        But without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to Him, for he who comes forward to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
 
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