Where’s Jesus – Getting a wife for Isaac (Genesis 24)

Getting a wife for the promised son is important.  It is so important, in fact, that the story is told 3 times in this chapter.  This is a story of God’s faithfulness and provision.  He goes ahead of the matchmaker in order to work out all the details.  Abraham recognizes this reality when he says,

The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’ – he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there. (Genesis 24:7)

While the details of the story show how God answered the prayer of the servant, the plot really revolves around getting a wife for the promised son.As the story progresses, we find out that this wife is a beautiful woman.  She is pure and a hard worker.  But most importantly, she is willing to go and be united to this promised son.  Note her answer to the question if she will go,

“I will go,” she said. (Genesis 24:58b)

This story parallels the search for a bride for the Son of God.  Jesus Christ is the promised Son of God, but is there a bride whom he can marry.  Will she be beautiful?  Will she be pure?  Will she be industrious and a hard worker?  Will she be willing to go with him into his tent and devote herself to him?

The answer to all of these questions is yes.  The church is the bride of Christ.  In Revelation, the apostle John painted a picture of a city, a new Jerusalem that is called “the bride, the wife of the lamb” (Revelation 21:9b).  This bride is described in terms having to do with the 12 apostles, they are its foundation (Revelation 21:14).  And inside the city is filled with pure, spotless people “whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27b).  Jesus deserves nothing less.

In Ephesians 5:23f, Paul uses a comparison between a husband and a wife to show the relationship between Christ and the church.  While the analogy in context refers to headship and control, it is appropriate to carry it further and understand that union between a husband and wife are also true of Christ and his church.  For Paul himself does that in the following verses as he talks about presenting the church “to Christ without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish” (Ephesians 5:27) just as a bride is presented to her groom in the wedding ceremony.  The church is pure and innocent for Christ has washed us in his blood in order to make us an acceptable bride for himself so that we can be united forever.

The Church is industrious.  We are called to labor and work hard for the benefit of the son, in fact,

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:10)

And finally, the question must be asked, will the church go with Christ?  Instead of answering this question, theologically, let me ask it personally.  This is a question that each and every believer must answer for Christ is desirous of marrying you. He loves you, cleanses you, purifies you, and prepares good works for you.  But will you go with him?  Will you follow and enjoy the consummated relationship of love with the Promised Son, Jesus Christ?  Will you become the bride?

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About Scott Roberts

pastor of Hope in Christ Church, Bellingham, WA
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