There is a beautiful love story in the book of Genesis between Isaac and Rebecca, daughter of Bethuel. In Genesis 24, Abraham sends his trusted servant Eliezer (the name ‘Eliezer’ means, ‘God is help’ or ‘God of help’) on a mission to find a wife in the land of his kindred befitting for his son Isaac (the name ‘Isaac’ meaning, laughter or he shall laugh).
It is not an easy mission in many aspects. In the first instance, Eliezer had to find a befitting woman who had all the right qualities, character, and temperament. Secondly, he had to convince her to leave her hometown or city in Mesopotamia (Ur of the Chaldee’s center of the world at the time, later called Babylon) where she’s known all her life to go to an unknown place far away from home to marry a man she has not seen or know.
Even in these days of technology and connectivity, it is still a tall order to ask that of a woman. I have heard recent stories where a woman did not want to follow her husband to another city in the same province of the same country! It takes strong love and faith to do that. It, therefore, takes an extraordinary woman of faith in her God and love for her future husband to take on such an adventure. By the Grace of God, Eliezer prayed, and his mission was a success, and he brought Rebecca back with him to Canaan to marry Isaac.
My favorite part of the story is in Genesis 24:63-67
63 One evening as he was walking and meditating in the fields, he looked up and saw the camels coming. 64 When Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac, she quickly dismounted from her camel. 65 “Who is that man walking through the fields to meet us?” she asked the servant. And he replied, “It is my master.” So Rebekah covered her face with her veil. 66 Then the servant told Isaac everything he had done. 67 And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother.
The beautiful love story of Isaac and Rebecca is a prophetic story about the end time, as contained in the book of Revelation. In Revelation, God represented by Abraham in the story, is looking for a befitting bride for His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. To that end, He has sent His trusted Helper, the Holy Spirit to come to search for and prepare the bride (the Church) for His Son.
It is the Holy Spirit that teaches us the truths about the end time, contained in the books of Daniel and Revelation. Jesus Christ said in the book of John 16:7-8,
“7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:” That is the threefold ministry of the Holy Spirit, to convict the world of sin, and show us the way of righteousness and prepare us for the impending judgment. That is how the church is ready for her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
How does it convict the world of sin? It is through the working of the Holy Spirit that we can understand the true meaning of the book of Revelation and know how far we have sinned as the body of Christ, individually and collectively. The book of Revelation exposes the extent the church has fallen away from the truth. But for the book of Revelation, you would think that the church is heading in the right direction, on the right path towards everlasting righteousness and leading people to their savior. However, through the ministration of the Holy Spirit, we find that the opposite is correct and the need to urgently turn away and come to the way, the truth and the life.
God loves us so much that is why he wants us to understand how far we have fallen so we can repent! And turn back to the true Gospel and true worship, in obedience to our Creator and our Groom. He is waiting for us to turn back to Him so that He can marry us. How much love is this??!! He knows we have been unfaithful; he knows we have fallen away, he knows we have sinned, but he’s telling us in Revelation to repent and turn back to him, and he will still marry us. You would not get any better deal than this even in Costco!!
Are we going to obey His word? Are we going to repent and turn back to Him our first love and hold tightly to Him as Rebecca held tightly to Isaac? Or are we going to say that I am okay as I am, I don’t need anything else, I am rich in goods, and I need nothing? The choice is yours; he says ‘I stand at the door an knock if anyone hears my voice and open I will come in and sap with him.’ Rebecca means to ‘hold tightly’ or firmly. We need to turn back and hold tightly to our Saviour, so we do not fall for the enemy’s plan to deceive us.
In the book of Revelation, Isaac (the name which means, ‘He will laugh’), is looking for His bride Rebecca, the bride that will hold onto him tightly and firmly and make him laugh. Holding tightly to Him is to treasure the truths contained in His Word like your life depend upon it. Without looking left, right, backward, without looking at her family, her city, her culture, her language, and family traditions, her goods, riches, houses, and cars Rebecca held firmly onto Isaac. Her family asked that she be allowed to stay an additional ten days, but she insisted on leaving ASAP with the Helper. In Matthew 10:37-38, Jesus says, “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”
How much do we love Jesus Christ, how much do we desire to be reunited with him, how much do we yearn to be with him today? If we love him, then let us prepare to leave everything we think we believe to be the truth and hold tight to HIS WORD as Rebecca held tightly, securely to her groom Isaac.