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Similitude's--Genesis 24

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And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

Genesis 24:2-4

Remember our forth precept; "Revelation" in the study Seven Precepts to Understanding the Bible and examine Genesis chapter twenty-four for the types, similitudes, or the pictures that God has woven into the fabric history.

There are four main characters in the account; Abraham, Abraham's son Isaac, Abraham's unnamed servant, and Rebekah. In the narrative Abraham sends his servant to his brethren to find a wife for his son. Everything we need to know about Isaac’s marriage can be summed up in one sentence: Isaac married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, the son of Nahor, Abraham’s brother. That one sentence explains the genealogy of the family line. Yet, we have a rather lengthy chapter providing much in the way of detail of the event; what is the reason? The reason is that it is similitude woven into history as a type of what is coming. The story is a prophecy of what God is doing and going to do.

The types are these:

  1. Abraham = God the Father
  2. Isaac = Christ Jesus
  3. Servant = Holy Spirit
  4. Rebekah = the bride of Christ, the Church

Abraham (God) sends his servant (Spirit) into the word to seek a wife for his son (Jesus). There a few points to ponder in this. 

  • All that the father has is given to the son
    • Genesis 24:35-36 And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.  36And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath.
    • Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
    • John 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
    • John 5:22  For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
  • The servant (Spirit) does not speak of himself but of the father and the son; the  Holy Spirit does not speak of himself
    • John 16:13  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.
    • Genesis 24:12  And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.
    • Genesis 24:27 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.
    • Genesis 24:49 And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.
  • Rebekah (Church) believes the witness of the servant (Spirit) and by faith accepts it
    • Genesis 24:58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.
    • Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
  • The servant gives gifts unto the Church
    • Genesis 24:53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
    • Hebrews 2:4  God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
  • Rebekah is carried by the servant to the son where they marry; a picture of the rapture and wedding of the Church and Christ

This narrative in history is an outline of God's plan. Not every detail is covered here, but there is a lot of Old Testament left to consider. But, as you can see, if we will diligently study you will find the revelations of God's doings in the histories of the Bible.

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Everything God has done, is doing, and will do, is hidden in the Scriptures waiting for those who will seek it as silver and gold.

Proverbs 2:3-5 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

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