As promised today I will start a series of post talking about salvation. These are out of my upcoming book, A Question of Eternity, which should be out by the end of this year. Today we will be looking at one of the most beautiful pictures of salvation, and it comes out of the Old Testament, Genesis 24. This is when Isaac gets his bride Rebekah. While space prohibits me from printing the entire chapter here (it is 67 verses), I will summarize here but take a few minutes to read it yourself. It is well worth reading. We can notice some correlations in type:
- Abraham, the faithful father who wants a bride for his son is a type of God the Father.
- We have Isaac as the type of the Son, Jesus. We see this in three things:
- He is the son of a miraculous birth. As Jesus’ birth was miraculous because He had no earthly father, Issac’s is because he was born of two parents who were beyond childbearing years, Abraham 100 and Sara 90 (And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: Romans 4:19) God wanted all to know that Issac was the child of promise due to the miraculous nature of his birth.
- How he was a picture of the submissive son who was willing to do the will of the father by being a sacrifice, yet came up off the alter alive due to the ram being offered in his place.
- And finally Isaac pictures Jesus’ who is now in heaven waiting for his bride the church just as he was waiting on his bride Rebekah.