A Bride for Isaac
The next we hear of Isaac is when he was forty.
During my research, one of the points that came up on several sites was that Isaac, unlike many other patriarchs only took one wife… and had no concubines.
So where did he meet her?
So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all he had…”Gen 24: 2 a
But you shall go to my country and my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” Gen 24: 4
Isaac trusted God in the choice of his wife. (His father only specified that the bride was to be of his house and therefore did not know who would be chosen)
Rebekah came to Isaac as a betrothed wife. She was the bride chosen by God
- · She met the conditions of the prayer of the servant when he asked for God’s guidance
- · She was from the family of Abraham’s brother Nahor (http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/11287-nahor)
- · She agreed to go with him
Rebekah had made herself ready, said farewell to her family, and she and her maids, were travelling on the camels the servant had brought. She was on her way to meet him.
And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming. Genesis 24: 63.
Rebekah was modest.
Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from her camel; for she had said to the servant, “Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?” And the servant said,” It is my master,” So she took a veil and covered herself. Gen 24 64, 65
Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. Gen 24: 67
Interestingly, Isaac took Rebekah to his mother’s tent. Sarah had already died. Did this mean that Isaac recognised something in Rebekah that made him think of his mother? Did Isaac think she was a match for his mother? (A mother who is described as the mother of the faithful.)
Isaac accepted, and loved the bride God chose for him.
A Bride for Christ
God chose a bride for His Son too. (No, not the notion that Jesus married Mary Magdalene.) The Bride of Christ is the church, and is still being formed.
Although the references in the Bible are vague, in that nowhere does it say directly…’the church is the Bride of Christ’ the references have been clear enough for scholars to come to this conclusion.
An interesting thought…
Who chose Jesus’ disciples?
Jesus said in His prayer before His crucifixion…
Those whom You have given Me, I have kept. Part of John 17:12
Jesus ‘kept’ the disciples God gave Him, and He died for His church…as it is mentioned in this scripture…
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5: 25 – 27 (Bolding mine.)
Like Isaac, Christ accepts the Father’s choice.
Rebekah made herself ready and travelled to her bridegroom. Are we making ourselves ready?
We are in the ‘betrothal’ period. Rebekah made herself ready, and travelled to her betrothed husband. On the other hand, while we are making ourselves ready, we are waiting for Christ to come and claim us.
Sharing some thoughts,