'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
5/13/2020 0 Comments
Thank you for returning for an important - Post - Script of Genesis Chapter 24, with more 'Word' to study, to enhance our faith. Thank you, my friends for joining me and Jesus, on one final note this evening, as we take a look at some interesting 'shadows' of things to come, in the 'context' of this - Genesis Chapter 24, 'More Than a Wife for Isaac'. Please take your time, and stay with us. Amen. Amen.
Throughout the Holy Bible, we see what was 'specifically' for the people of the times, but, we need to see the 'types' or 'shadows' hidden in the Holy Scriptures, as well. Genesis Chapter 24 is one of those chapters that Christians believe give us a 'shadow' of 'salvation'. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
But, further, we are to 'read Scripture' 'in context' for a better understanding. As we learn from 1 Corinthians Chapter 10:11-12, to wit: audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
11 'Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.'
Let me explain. It is so very exciting, I pray that it makes your heart jump with joy, as it does my heart each time I am studying this Chapter 24 in the Book of 'Beginnings' - Genesis. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
First and generally speaking, biblical types and shadows are a real service, object, event or person that had meaning in and of itself. For example, the Old Testament sacrifices had meaning for the people who participated in them. Even if those people did not understand that the sacrifices were a type and the antitype was still coming, they were acting in obedience. They were placing their faith in the revelation of God up to that point. So a type is not simply an immaterial illustration or predictive words. It had real substance in and of itself regardless of any future application.
Christians through the ages have realized that 'seeking a bride for Isaac', Abraham's 'heir' as recorded in Genesis Chapter 24, shows that Rebekah is a 'type of the church' in the historical story of her betrothal to Isaac. [Now, that doesn’t mean her later action of convincing Jacob to deceive Isaac is a type of the church. She is a type at one point, but not all points.] We see in this 'story', more.
Therefore, from a 'Christian view', and for a wonderful and 'awakening experience', please study the following scriptures from chapters of the New Testament immediately in conjunction with this Chapter 24 in Genesis, for it is a 'fore-shadowing' of the 'work' of God's One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, and His gathering of those who believe, His Bride. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html [See such as Luke 16:19-31]
Yes, God the Father, [Abraham, a symbol], sends His servant, [the Holy Spirit, here Eliezer] to 'hearts' for 'regeneration-conversion' of those to be saved, to be 'the Bride', [here, to Rebekah, physically], of His Son', Jesus Christ, [here the heir, Isaac]. Therefore, carefully study the following passages of Holy Bible Scripture.
Carefully notice, her 'freedom' not to come, even as anyone has the 'freedom' to 'reject the offer of salvation'.
God does not force anyone to come, when they are called. The Holy Spirit calls through the Word, until one refuses so long, the heart is hardened and no longer hears the call, if it continues.
[See such as John 3:5-8;15-16; 6:44; 16:8; Acts 1:16-18; Romans 1-2; 10:8-21; 1 Corinthians 1:18; Titus 1:9; Hebrews 3:7-11; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Revelation 3:20audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
Consider the fact that genuine faith comes by hearing God's word (Romans 10:17). Our hearts are made pure by faith (Acts 15:9). Birth comes by water of the 'Word' and by the Spirit (John 3:5) is essential for one who wishes to see the kingdom. Paul said that the Corinthians were born by the gospel (1 Corinthians 4:15). James added that God birthed us with the "word of truth" (1:18). Finally, Peter assures us that we were "born again ... through the word of God which lives and abides forever." (1 Peter 1:23).audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
The evidence is abundant that the Spirit convicts and converts through the agency of the Word of God, the Holy Bible Scriptures. Rebekah 'heard' what Eliezer, the 'servant' said and the conditions. She then made the decision, and of her own free will, [even when asked by her parents], wanted to 'venture' forward, even leaving family, etc. behind. This is 'Christian 'Salvation'.
[See such as John 16:8; Acts 2:40-41; 8:12-13; 8:35-39; Acts 9:6, 18; 22:16; Acts 10:22, 33-48; 11:14; 16:13-15; 31-34; 18:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2;2 Timothy 3:16-17; Titus 1:9]audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
This my friends is - the 'effectual call' to each and everyone who 'comes to faith in Jesus Christ', and becomes a 'member of the Bride of Christ'. [John 17:17; Romans 1:16; 8:16; 15:13; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 5:26; Titus 3:7; Revelation 19]audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Thereafter, although it is a 'life-long work-in-process', there exists nothing, and no one else, who has the first place in our hearts, after this event. We love the Lord with our whole, entire 'heart'. No matter what!
[Study ever so carefully such as Deuteronomy 30:6; Matthew 10:34-38; 12:47-50;19:29; 22:37-40; Mark 10:29-30;13:12-13; Luke 9:23-24; 10:27; 12:51-53;14:26-33]audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Additionally, biblical types and shadows have to point to something real and greater in the future. They are not just giving an example to follow or avoid. '[Nothing could be more real than the coming of - the Savior, recorded in the Gospels - Matthew; Mark; Luke and John.]audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Further, biblical types and shadows need to have the purpose of training or making the antitype clearer - like learning addition before algebra. Again, we refer to the aforementioned Gospel accounts of Jesus Christ, and the salvation of those who believe in Him.audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Remember, throughout the Holy Bible on such as these topics and others, there are 'ensamples'. As it is written, 1 Corinthians 10:11: audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
'Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.'.
And again, 2 Peter 2:6: audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
'And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorra into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;,.'
God never leaves us to our own 'wits'. For the most important relationship of a man or woman's life, we should be sure that we have prayed to God for direction. He knows the 'heart'. Oh, the 'troubles' and 'pains' we can avoid, if we just 'take it to the Lord in prayer'. [Proverbs 2:6; 21:30; James 1:5-8] Amen. Amen.
Christian Maturity comes in stages. Some people believe that the only types are the ones where Scripture itself explicitly reveals the antitype. This is not the case. We are called to be people who study and discern the Word of God. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit we can discover types and shadows that He has placed in the Old Testament and then search for the antitype in the New Testament to better our understanding of both Testaments. This does not mean we are free to declare anything with similar characteristics to be a type and antitype. We must diligently search the Scripture in context, keeping the rules of types and shadows in mind, to discover what the Holy Spirit has actually put there not what our fancy is seeing. '1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit.' [Hebrews 6:1-3]. For you see, there’s so much more. Let’s get on with it! audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Understanding types and shadows with their antitypes are a part of that, 'growing in our faith'.
What a Savior! For, as Jesus said, 'if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father'.
[John 14:7,9. See also Matthew 1-2:11; Luke 2:1-20, His Birth; Matthew 27:27-56; Mark 15:21-38; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-37; His Crucifixion] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html Amen. Amen.
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