Summary: It really comes down to this: When the Spirit of God addresses your heart to repent, will you go with Jesus or turn him away?
WILT THOU GO WITH THIS MAN?
Intro: Abraham is dying. Before he does, he wants to find a bride for his son Isaac. He sends a servant to his homeland to find this bride. The servant does what he was sent to do, and God demonstrates to the servant that Rebekah is the one. For Rebekah, her encounter with Abraham’s servant came down to one important question, “Wilt thou go with this man?”, v. 58. She said, “I will go” and this response changed her life forever!
From a spiritual viewpoint, everything boils down to the very same question. In this story, Abraham is a picture of God the Father. The Servant represents the Holy Spirit. Rebekah represents the church, or those saved by grace and Isaac is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. God the Father has sent His Holy Spirit into this world to call out a bride for Jesus Christ. Like Abraham’s servant, the Holy Spirit does not promote Himself, but He talks about Jesus and calls lost people to come to Him for salvation. When a man falls under conviction and the Holy Spirit reveals Christ in his heart, he is brought face to face with the greatest question man will ever encounter! “WILT THOU GO WITH THIS MAN?” How you answer that question determines where you spend your eternity!
I. SOME MATTERS ARE CLEAR TO REBEKAH
A. Isaac Is A Man Of Mystery- The name of this man is not even revealed to Rebekah, but for over 500 miles the servant talked about him, and Rebekah learned about him. The Spirit of God will teach us all about Him as we journey toward home! The Spirit is in the teaching business. John 16:13-14, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
B. Isaac Is A Man Of Money- Everything Abraham owns is in the hand of the son, v. 35-36. Laban is very interested in this! He is well able to care for His bride!
C. Isaac Is A Man Of Matrimony- The whole purpose of the journey was to find Isaac a bride! He was not teasing her… leading her on… playing hard to get. He wanted it known from the beginning that he was looking to marry! God is not interested in an on again off again relationship. He’ll not participate in a one-night stand. He does not get involved in meaningless courtships. He’s made his intentions known from the beginning: HE’S LOOKING FOR A BRIDE!
II. SOME MATTERS ARE CONCEALED FROM REBEKAH
A. Her Road Is Concealed - She does not know what lies between where she is and where he is! There are many unknowns along the way, but the servant has all the necessary resources to make the journey successful! She probably had many questions about the journey, about the destination, about the man Isaac. She might have even wondered along the way if the roughness of the journey was worth it.
B. Her Reception Is Concealed- She may have wondered, “When he sees me, what will he think of me? Will I be accepted? Will I be loved? If he is all that I have been told, he may not be too impressed with me!” All her fears were in vain, v. 67! You need not wonder whether Jesus will have you or not. If you will come to Him, He will never turn you away! If you are already saved, you need not fear His rejection at the end of the journey!