Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Bride of Christ

Genesis 24:62-67 (New International Version)
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62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked the servant, "Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?" "He is my master," the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.
66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

Genesis 24 tells a story of romance and adventure; Eliezer, a servant sent to find a bride; laden with gifts for the one he hoped he would find. In Rebekah, the young girl he knew was "the one," I see a foreshadowing of the Bride of Christ, the Church. She was as we should be; gracious, submissive to God's will, obedient and of great faith, willing to leave everything behind and go to her bridegroom.

As she journeyed with the servant to the land of her bridegroom, she saw Isaac coming through the fields to meet them in the evening, as one day we will see our Lord, our Bridegroom, coming to meet us. Isaac's bride, Rebekah, knew only that her bridegroom was the son of one of great wealth, her great uncle, Abraham. In Abraham's servant, who Abraham had sent to find a wife for his son, I see a type of the Holy Spirit, who is the One who woos us to Christ. The servant also brought gifts of clothing and silver and gold jewelry, all of which, though breathtakingly beautiful and precious, were only a token of all that awaited Rebekah as Isaac's wife.

...I walked in two worlds
Finding both exciting, beckoning,
As I stood on the threshold
Of my life...
For me, the Spirit's gentle wooing,
How wise, how wonderful,
God's many ways,
Of reaching us, his wayward ones.
More and more, I became his,
Until I saw the world through strangely different eyes.
Things that once beckoned,
Now had lost their charm,
As he so gently guided me,
Away from harm.


Philippians 3:20 (New International Version)
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20But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

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