Talks for Growing Christians
Rebekah Decides to Marry Isaac
Lesson Number 54
- Rebekah is a picture (type) of the church in her position.
- Rebekah is a picture (type) of the church in her response.
- Parents, are you willing to let your children go?
- Don’t delay the decision you must make.
- Did Abraham’s servant accept the offer of extending his time with them?
- Explain, “May your descendants possess the gates of those who hate them.” (Genesis 24:60)
- How is Rebekah a picture of the church in her position?
- How is Rebekah a picture of the church in her response?
- Why is it unwise to delay a decision that must be made?
- No. He replied, “Do not hinder me...that I may go to my master.”
- The gates had to do with victory and protection.
- Rebekah was planned for and selected to be the bride of Isaac before she knew it; God’s secret and eternal counsels planned for and calls out the church. (See Ephesians 1:4). Rebekah complemented or completed Isaac; the church complements or completes Christ.
- Rebekah responded on the basis of the testimony of Abraham’s servant about his master and his master’s son; the church responds to the testimony of God and Jesus Christ. With Rebekah, there was both the testimony and the evidence to back it up; with the church, there is the testimony and the evidence to back it up. Rebekah’s response was one of faith; the church responds in faith. See 1 Peter 1:8.
- Rebekah did not risk losing interest by delaying the journey to her betrothed. A non-Christian should not lose interest through delay, lest the opportunity be gone.
- Review the blessing given by Rebekah’s family (Genesis 24:60) and the one given by God to Abraham (Genesis 22:17).
- Rebekah responded in faith, sight unseen. Look up 1 Peter 1:8; Hebrews 12:1-2; and 2 Corinthians 5:7. How great is your faith response?
- Have you ever hindered your children (or other children) in their commitment to the Lord? Have you ever been hindered in your faith walk?
- Don’t delay decisions you must make. See 2 Corinthians 6:2.
- “Do not hinder me, that I may go to my master.” Genesis 24:56
- “Will you go with this man?’ ‘I will go.” Genesis 24:58