Sunday, January 1, 2023

 Genesis 24

Earlene Davis

Vs. 1-4: Abraham purposed a wife for his son, Isaac. The account is more than a lovely story, it is a type of the heavenly Father’s purpose of a wife for His Son. She must be a special woman from his own kindred, those born of God. God sends the Holy Spirit to find a wife for His Son, Jesus Christ.

Vs. 5-10: She must be qualified and willing to go all the way with her guide to meet her Bridegroom. “All the goods of His Master are in His hands.” The Holy Spirit has all things necessary for her preparation and journey. The 10 camels speak of the providences God allows to come to us, some pleasant, but most are unpleasant. Camels are ugly, fretful and ungrateful, they go a long time without water. The Holy Spirit brings them along, for we need them. They work good for us as we trust the leading of the Holy Spirit, who knows the will of God. He asks the Father to direct Him to the right woman.

Vs. 11-21: He finds a woman, who is of Abraham family at the well and asks a drink. She said, drink and I will draw water for all the camels also, and she hastened to do so. The Holy Spirit finds those who cheerfully do the will of God. He gives opportunities as a test to prove our willingness. May we humble ourselves to do God’s will. The Holy Spirit stands watching, this one looks qualified and glad to serve the Lord, but will she endure the long ride on the camels and go all the way? Some say yes and then do not when the way gets rough. Do we say yes to all God’s sweet will and do it willingly? 

Vs. 22-27: The Holy Spirit has wonderful divine gifts to give. A gold earring for ears turned to hear what the Spirit has to say. Gold bracelets for her hands, speak of yieldedness to serve. 

The Apostle Paul by the unction of the Spirit preached the message that would gather this woman. As the agent of the Holy Spirit, Paul’s message alone can fit us for this exalted place. II Cor. 11:2: Paul says, “I have espoused (engaged) you to one husband, that I may present you as a chase virgin to Christ.” The Holy Spirit at the service of the Father and the Son in this Church Age chooses, gathers and prepares a bride for Jesus Christ through the writings of the Apostle Paul (a distinct message from the Spirit for a distinct people). 

The Bride will be a great company of people, not just one, but many (Rev. 5:9 – out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation). The Lord uses the figure of a woman to show the bride in her beauty and the close relationship with her Lord. 

Rebekah served the camels, and later we will see that they serve her. How do we serve the providences of God? I Cor. 10:31, “whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Col. 3:23, “do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” The Servant is still watching.

Vs. 28-50: The servant asks, is there room in thy father’s house for us to lodge in? Rebekah said, “Yes, come in” and all that thou hast with thee, all the providences. That is the way we should talk to the Holy Spirit. – come in and fill me to the uttermost. I am so glad He sought me, aren’t you? 

Rebekah witnesses to her household and they receive the Holy Spirit. The Servant gives his testimony and tells all that His master has and all that wealth is in His Son’s hand. That His master sent Him to get a bride for His Son. Here is your opportunity, but if you will not go with me, I am clear of my oath. The family agrees, “the thing proceedeth from the Lord.” 

Vs. 51-58: The jewels and raiment as gifts, prove the reality of this call. The Holy Spirit adorns the willing, humble saints with an inward divine work which shows forth in their lives before others. Jesus said in John 16:13-15, that the Holy Spirit would guide us in all the truth, taking the things of Christ and revealing them unto us (the real gold and silver). It is the Holy Spirit that makes this chosen company beautiful on the inside. God delights to see the comeliness of His dear Son put upon us by the Spirit as we yield to Him.

Everybody is blessed and enriched that lives with such saints. The husbands not going on this way are blessed by their wives or the wives are blessed by their husbands, children by their parents and parents by their children. They are more prosperous when someone in the family is qualifying for this place. They did all eat and drink enjoying blessed fellowship (V. 54). The Servant urges “send me away unto my master.” The Holy Spirit wants to take the woman on. No time to coddle the flesh or dilly dally. They call the damsel and inquire at her mouth, “Wilt thou go with this man? She responds, “I will go.”  

Vs. 59-61: We must be willing to go all the way with our guide if we want to meet our Bridegroom. The journey will be long and hard, but the Holy Spirit keeps wooing us with the vision, the hope of being joined to our Lord. 

I especially like to read, that Rebekah rode upon the camels, following the Servant. She is learning to reign in spite of the unpleasant camels, those things God allows along the way. The Holy Spirit will lead us on and comfort us all the way as we trust Him. Rebekah learns to overcome. That those things are our helps along the way and become our servants, taking us to our Bridegroom. God is working all things together for our good – Rom. 8:28.

Vs. 62-67: Notice, it is at eventide that Isaac sees the camels coming, eventide is before the night coming upon this earth, speaking of the judgment of tribulation days.

She slips off her camel the moment she sees Isaac. Seeing Him she is satisfied and acknowledges His headship by covering herself with a veil. 

Oh, what a day that will be! I Thess. 4:16-18, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 

Only glory! Only Glory! To be in His presence forever. I feel it will be soon.