Bride of Christ Analogy
Acquisition of Isaac's Wife, Rebekah
The story of how Abraham arranged for Isaac to secure
a wife can be viewed as an analogy of what the church was to become. It shows how the institution of marriage is
like the relationship of Christians to God the Father, God the Son and God the
First, you should read the story if the details are
not readily in your memory. They are in
the 24th chapter of Genesis. Now, let me
paint for you a picture of how this works.
Abraham represents God. He is the patriarch. He already had offered his only son for
sacrifice, an act similar to God's sending his Son to earth to be sacrificed.
Isaac, son of Abraham, represents Jesus, the son of
the father, God. The only legitimate
Abraham uses a servant to be an enabler . . . or a
messenger . . .a bearer of gifts, which will be for the bride whom the servant
is seeking for the son.
In the Bible, the Holy Spirit is the instrument
through which spiritual gifts come. In
our story the servant brought gifts to the bride. The Holy Spirit brings gifts to the bride,
Rebekah is to become the bride of the son, much as the
church, scripture tells us, is like the bride of Christ.
The servant brings Rebekah back to Isaac, much as the
Holy Spirit's gifts draw the church, the bride of Christ, to the son, and which
represents the only way to get to know the father.
Jesus said that the only way to the Father is through
Him. The analogy is complete. The Church is foreshadowed in the story of
Abraham, Isaac and Rebekah. Isn't that
D. A. Sharpe
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Set to words in an analogy heard years ago in long
ago teaching by Derek Prince.