Sunday, 09 September 2007 00:00

Go Tell It To the World: The Wedding to End All Weddings

Genesis 24:59-67 (KJV)

And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them. And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way. And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. 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 vail, and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

This chapter is a great picture of the believer's relationship with Jesus Christ. Rebekah is sought by the father as a bride for his son. Likewise, you were sought by God as a bride for His Son Jesus Christ. After you say, "I will go," you begin a journey that culminates in a face-to-face meeting with Christ. Rebekah's journey portray the believer's life of faith.

  1. The life of faith in Christ commences with a decision (v.58).
    We saw Rebekah's decision when she was asked, "Wilt thou go with this man?" She said, "I will go." Notice the personal nature of the decision. "I" will go. The life of faith does not commence with the parents' decision, the church's decision, or your friend's decision. It begins with a decision that you make to have Christ as your Lord.
  2. The life of faith in Christ continues through discipleship (v.59-66).
    When Rebekah began her journey she knew little of the man she would soon meet. Along the way she had one of the master's servants help her along the way home.
    1. You learn of His person and His attributes.
      Your journey will be rocky unless your feet are planted on something more solid than your commitment or your fidelity. On Christ the solid Rock I stand. "The people who do know their God shall be strong and do mighty things" (Daniel 11:32).
    2. She leaned upon the promise of His acceptance.
      There will be times when you doubt your standing before Him, but it is the gift of justification that gets you through the rocky times in your journey. When you stumble along the way, get back up and continue on in the path. He accepts you.
    3. She looked for the point in time of his appearing.
      She lifted up her eyes and saw Isaac walking towards them. Your journey with Christ is best lived when you have a constant awareness that the Bridegroom is coming (Matthew 25:6). You will see Him visibly, personally and intimately. "Blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed," (John 20:29). Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than the eye can see," William Clark.
  3. The life of faith in Christ concluded with a declaration (v.67).
    Isaac goes out to meet his bride, and he brings her back to be with him at his home. A remarkable statement is made by Isaac about Rebekah, "And he loved her" (v.67). All of eternity will be God expressing His great love for the bride He has chosen. "But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherein he loved us, hath quickened us... that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:4-5,7). He walks in the field to meet us" (Genesis 24:65). But when will Jesus Christ return?
    1. The death of the believer... This is why the Bible calls this "precious." It is the meeting of the bride and the groom. Marriage pictures this truth.
    2. The day of the Lord... Everybody wishes to know when Christ will come. The answer to that question is found in II Peter 3:1-10. The Lord Jesus will come again when the last person who forms His Bride (the church) is saved.

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