Chapter 1: Finding a Bride
Just as many of God’s spiritual principles and pre-planned events are shadowed in the Old Testament, so is the marriage of the Lamb. However, the majority of the prophetic information found on the subject is devoted to the bride of the Lamb, or the bride of Christ, as Jesus is the Christ. We will begin by examining Genesis twenty-four. The entire chapter is devoted to this subject, as Abraham sends the eldest servant of his house on a journey to find a bride for his son, Isaac.
The prophetic parallels for this story begin with Abraham himself. Originally, his name was Abram. The Hebrew definition of the name Abram is “exalted father.” God changes his name to Abraham after promising to give him an heir. The definition of the name Abraham is “father of many”.
In keeping with the definitions of the names Abram and Abraham, he progressed from being an exalted father to a father of many, just as God progressed from being the exalted Father to being the Father of many after He began creating conscience life.
Abraham symbolically represents a type of God, the Father, in this story. As Isaac is the son of Abraham, he symbolically represents the Son of God, Jesus. The definition of the place Isaac came from certainly carries prophetic implications. He lived in the land of Canaan. However, we learn in Genesis 24:62 that he had just returned from the “way of the well Lahairoi” when he meets his bride for the first time.
The definition of the name Lahairoi is “the living one, my seer”. In John 6:57, Jesus states where He came from by saying, “the living Father hath sent me”. Jesus attributes the guidance for both His words and actions as coming from the Father numerous times in the book of John. In keeping with the definition of Lahairoi, we could say that Jesus came from the living One, His seer.
The story begins with Abraham giving the eldest servant of his house specific instructions to find a wife for his son in Genesis 24:2-4. This servant is identified as Eliezer in Genesis fifteen. The definition of the name Eliezer is “godly helper”. In John 14:16, Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the “Comforter”. The definition of the Greek word for comforter is “one who comes along side to help”. Since the Holy Spirit is divine, He accurately fits the description of “godly helper” to those who accept Jesus as Savior.
Thus, Eliezer represents a type of the Holy Spirit. Just as Eliezer was to find a bride for Abraham’s son, I believe the Holy Spirit is also searching out a bride for Jesus. In addition, Jesus refers to Himself as a Bridegroom in Matthew 9:15, Mark 2:19, and Luke 5:34. John the Baptist also refers to Jesus as a Bridegroom in John 3:29.
Once Eliezer receives his instructions, he loads up ten camels with the goods of his master and sets off on his journey. When he arrives at his destination, he stops at a well outside the city limits. He prays to God and designates a sign to indicate the girl to whom he should offer the marriage proposal for Isaac. Eliezer tells God Isaac’s future bride will not only give him a drink when he asks, but will also volunteer to water his camels.
A girl by the name of Rebekah shows up before he finishes his prayer. Eliezer asks for a drink and she responds exactly how he prayed she would. As a result, Eliezer extends the offer to become Isaac’s bride to Rebekah, later that day.
Just as Rebekah is chosen as Isaac’s bride because of her response to Eliezer, I believe those who accept Jesus as Savior, and respond appropriately to the Holy Spirit, will be chosen as the bride of Christ. These people comprise a group referred to in the New Testament as the church. Paul symbolically compares the church to the human body. Each member represents one part of the Body, with Christ representing the Head.
Although Paul doesn’t use the words “Bride” or “Bridegroom”, he links the church and body of Christ together with Jesus in a matrimonial context in Ephesians 5:23-25. He compares the relationship between a man and wife to that of Christ and the church. He states a husband should love his wife as he loves his own body. He continues by stating how a husband nourishes and cherishes his own body, just as Christ does the church, which is the same as His body.
In Genesis 24:15, we learn Rebekah is the daughter of Bethuel. The definition of the name Bethuel is, “destroyed by God”. We could say that Rebekah came from, or out of, that which is destroyed by God. In John 15:19, Jesus speaks to His disciples, and states, “I have chosen you out of the world.” In 2nd Peter 3:7, Peter also states God will destroy the world in its present condition at the Second Coming of Christ.
After Rebekah follows through with her response to give Eliezer a drink, she waters his camels also. When she finishes watering the camels, Eliezer gives her an earring and two bracelets from the goods he brought with him. After the marriage proposal is accepted, Rebekah’s family serves Eliezer and his men a meal and they stay for the night. The next morning Rebekah accompanies Eliezer as they leave to return to Isaac in the Land of Canaan. As they are arriving from their journey, Isaac goes out to the field to meditate at dusk and sees the entire company approaching.
Rebekah also sees Isaac in the distance and asks Eliezer who it is approaching them. Eliezer tells her it is Isaac, his master. Just as Eliezer reveals Isaac’s identity to Rebekah, one of the responsibilities of the Holy Spirit is to reveal Jesus to the church. In John 15:26, Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit and states, “He shall testify of me.”
We learned the group referred to in the New Testament as both the church and the body of Christ is the same as the bride of Christ. However, this identity will be revealed in greater detail as we discover how the description of Rebekah coincides with other scriptures that refer to the bride of Christ.