And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. Genesis 24:58
I once watched on TV as a preacher informed his congregation that someone had offered to buy him a private jet. A loud, thunderous applause went up from the crowd. It suddenly turned into an uproarious affair and for an extended number of minutes people danced and did various kinds of jigs inside the church to show their joy at this ‘miracle’. Stuff – hankies, paperwork – was flying about and things were about near delirium. Had the preacher announced that he had caught a glimpse of Jesus hiding behind a cloud in preparation for the Final Descent, I doubt the pandemonium would have been greater. The commotion that took place within that church made it appear as if something really big had taken place. But in my heart I felt absolutely nothing and I could not understand what the fuss was all about. I am not implying that I am super-spiritual, you see; but ever since I got saved, there are some things to which my heart does not respond.
Nor am I implying that we should not rejoice when God blesses us with earthly goods; but I am of the opinion that these things are nothing to make a racket about. When we raise a storm over material “blessings” it just shows that our hearts are lying in the wrong place. Another spirit other than Christ’s is troubling us. As soon as we stop seeing in the spirit, we begin seeing worldly things.
But the story of Rebekah’s betrothal to Isaac is a great perspective-builder for the Christian. It clearly teaches us that we have been called upon to leave our own people and country (the world) and go to another (Jesus and His spiritual Kingdom).
In other words, God calls us to see into His Kingdom; and what we see there causes us to forsake our desire for the things of this world. God is so rich! Abraham’s servant carried so much wealth that it surprised even Rebekah’s kin. But do not be deceived that the Holy Spirit is talking to us about earthly “jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment”! (verse 53). No, sir, the Bible does not deal in that kind of merchandise.
These Old Testament people certainly had all these material blessings, but we have to understand that everything they had was a ‘type’; and these men and women also understood this. The understanding they had was what made them spiritual; that was why God was pleased with them.
In the Bible, Isaac is popularly known as “the son of promise”. He was the son that God promised Abraham. That means that Isaac is a spiritual figure. He represents something in the Spirit. Indeed, he represents Christ. When God therefore sends His Holy Spirit (who here is represented by Abraham’s servant) to come for us, all this is spiritual business. Everything happens in the spirit. We ourselves are witnesses to the fact that when we accepted Jesus into our lives, things happened which we did not even understand with our natural minds, although we knew we had changed. In other words, we were betrothed to another, Christ Himself! It was a deeply spiritual work. It is unthinkable, therefore, that we can begin to compare the spiritual Kingdom into which God has called us with the material things of this world. These desires are simply the lusts of the flesh and the Bible calls it idol worship, as Paul explains in Colossians 3:5 “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry”. (Emphasis mine).
In Ephesians 5:5 we read also, “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” .
A covetous man is the New Testament personification of the Old Testament worshipper of idols. And in those days, these were people who caused God to become exceedingly wrathful.