Summary: Who will Jesus take as His bride? This sermon deals with that question.
"The Bride Of Christ!"
61Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed.
62Now Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South.
63And Isaac went out to meditate in the field in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming.
64Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from her camel;
65for she had said to the servant, "Who is this man walking in the field to meet us?" The servant said, "It is my master." So she took a veil and covered herself.
66And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.
67Then 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.
Genesis Chapter 24 is the story of the servant of Abraham
searching for the perfect bride for his Master's Son, Isaac.
This story serves as a great illustration of God's love.
In this story, Abraham represents God the Father.
Isaac represents God the Son.
The servant represents God the Holy Spirit.
Rebekah represents the Church, the bride of Christ.
What is Jesus looking for in a bride?
What kind of expectations does Jesus have for His Church?
Point #1. Christ's Bride consists of those who are of the household of faith.
1. Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please, put your hand under my thigh, 3 and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; 4 but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac."
Canaanites were idol worshipers.
In Genesis Chapter 12 we read about God's promise to Abraham.
Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great;
and you shall be a blessing.
So Abraham left his homeland in Ur and settled in Canaan.
Genesis 12:7 Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
Abraham does not want his Son
to marry one of the heathen Canaanite women.
Abraham was a man of great faith.
He's getting old and wants to be sure
that the faith he has will continue on in his family.
Abraham knows his son Isaac will take on the responsibility
of maintaining faith in God and His promises.
He knows a Canaanite woman could be a bad influence on his son.
So he asks his servant to return to his homeland.
While there, he is to find a young woman of faith
to become the wife of his Son.
There is a Biblical principle here that is often ignored.
How many of you married someone who wasn't a Christian?
Now, it may have eventually worked out O.K.
However, it usually doesn't.
Let me remind you of these two verses of scripture:
Amos 3:3: Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
How could God have made it any easier to understand?
Christians should not marry unsaved people!
In my 20 plus years of serving as a pastor...
I've seen many Christian women suffer
because they married a heathen husband.
Abraham doesn't want that to happen to his son, Isaac.
Likewise, we should want that to happen
to our children and our grandchildren.
Point #2. Christ's Bride consists of those who are willing to commit their lives to Him.
5 And the servant said to him, "Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?" 6 But Abraham said to him, "Beware that you do not take my son back there. 7 The LORD God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, 'To your descendants I give this land,' He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8 And if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be released from this oath; only do not take my son back there."