However, the bridegroom-bride relationship is found in the types of the Old Testament. Old Testament types of Christ and His bride include: (1) Adam and Eve, (2) Isaac and Rebecca, (3) Jacob and Leah, (4) Joseph and Asenath, (5) Moses and Zipporah, (6) David and Abigail, (7) Solomon and Pharaoh’s daughter. But none of these types incorporated the distinctive truth of the Mystery; i.e. Jew and Gentile in one body. That truth was hidden in God (v.9); period. Therefore, Jew and Gentile formed into "one new man" is not even hinted at in Old Testament pictures! Some have tried to say that the two wave loaves on the Feast of Weeks speak of Jew and Gentile in one body. However, it is more consistent that both loaves represent the Church's testimony on earth, the numeral two speaking of adequate testimony. Furthermore, the two loaves are separate, which also doesn't fit with the truth of one body. Nevertheless, we can read and enjoy the Old Testament types of the bride of Christ, always remembering that we could never understand them unless we had the full light of New Testament revelation.Read more…
- The Commission of Abraham’s Servant (24:1-9)
- The Servant’s Journey and Prayer at the Well (24:10-14)
- Rebekah Appears, Draws Water, is Introduced (24:15-31)
- The Servant’s Explanation and Proposal (24:32-49)
- Agreement to the Proposal, Blessing and Sending Off of Rebekah (24:50- 60)
- The Bride’s Journey and Union with Isaac (24:61-67)
The Commission of Abraham’s Servant (24:1-9)
The Servant’s Journey and Prayer at the Well (24:10-14)
Rebekah Appears, Draws Water, is Introduced (24:15-31)
The Servant’s Explanation and Proposal (24:32-49)
Agreement to the Proposal, Blessing and Sending Off of Rebekah (24:50- 60)
53 And the servant brought forth silver articles, and gold articles, and clothing, and he gave them to Rebecca; and he gave to her brother, and to her mother, precious things. v.53 The Earnest of the Spirit. Rebecca didn’t have to wait until she got all the way to Canaan to have the jewels, etc. The servant gave her a down-payment of those riches ahead of time. This is a picture of what Paul calls “the earnest of the Spirit”.
The Earnest of the Spirit (Eph 1:14; 2 Cor. 1:22; 2 Cor. 5:5; Rom. 8:11). The earnest of the Spirit is the guarantee and foretaste in advance of our full portion in Christ. This is evident from the very word "earnest", which refers to the down payment money a person might pay for something they intend to take possession of. For example, if you intend to buy a $300,000 home in a few months, you would pay a certain percentage down, perhaps 10% or $30,000, on the home, up front, to show the seller you are serious about your intention. Why is this necessary? The believer in Christ has two inheritances. First, we have a spiritual inheritance "reserved in heaven for you" (1 Peter 1:4). Paul teaches in Ephesians that we are actually already "seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:6), and therefore we already have access by faith to this heavenly, spiritual inheritance. It is the Spirit who allows us to enjoy those heavenly things right now, "all spiritual blessings in heavenly places" (Eph. 1:3). Secondly, we have a future, material inheritance that we will possess when Christ appears to possess what belongs to Him; "in whom also we have obtained an inheritance" (Eph. 1:11). There is coming a glorious day when the Spirit of God will be poured out on this world for blessing, when the redeeming or “setting free” will take place (Eph. 1:14), and the curse be lifted. That day is not here yet, but we have the very same Spirit within us, allowing us to share in the joy beforehand! The earnest works to keep us from settling for the things of this earth; we have something far better! The Spirit of God is the earnest in two ways: (1) to give us a foretaste of heaven before we get there, and (2) to guarantee that we will get there, then go on to reign with Christ and share all that He possesses! We could summarize the earnest of the Spirit as that which gives the believer the enjoyment of present blessings in Christ, and the guarantee of future blessings with Christ.