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In this 24th chapter of Genesis, Abraham commissions his eldest servant to fetch a bride from his homeland for his only son and heir, Isaac. The servant was given rich provisions and a message to carry from his master. He would testify of Abraham’s wealth and God’s blessing upon his seed. He would tell the appointed bride of Isaac’s glory as the heir of the promised land. There is no greater illustration in the Old Testament Scriptures of the purpose of God’s Church on earth. We are commissioned to preach the Gospel for the calling out of God’s elect, to fetch the bride of Christ out of this world and lead her home to God.
Salvation by Marriage
God saves sinners by a marriage union of grace. God the Father elected the bride of Christ. Before the world began, the blessed Son of God was united to chosen sinners in covenant engagements as our divine Surety (Eph 1:3-6) And Christ redeemed His bride at Calvary by a union of grace. He loved the Church and gave Himself for her, to sanctify her forever by His one offering for sins (Heb 2:11). The Son of God was joined to His bride through the blood of His cross (Eph 5:25-33). And God the Holy Spirit calls the bride of Christ out of sin’s bondage into union with her Savior through the preaching of the Gospel. She is brought to her Husband by faith. Every chosen, redeemed sinner shall be effectually, irresistibly called to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:6-9).
The Commission & Ministry
Abraham’s servant was commissioned with a great work, to fetch a bride for Isaac. This work was entrusted to him as a faithful bond-servant, and his master was specific about his will.
First, he was not to take a wife among the Canaanites, but from Abraham’s kindred. Canaan was cursed of God, a picture of this lost, condemned world. Christ did not die for the world, but for His own sheep (Jn 10). God’s servants are not sent to save the world, but to preach the Gospel for the calling out of God’s elect.
Second, the servant was sent to a particular people, to Abraham’s kindred, the sons of Shem, a people blessed of God as the seed and lineage of Christ (Gen 9:24-26). The message of God’s servants is to a people already blessed and holy in Christ. They are simply ministers of the grace of God (Eph 4:8-13).
Third, this mission was assured success! Abraham told his servant, “Thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac” (v 4). How would it be? What if she’s not willing to follow? Abraham assured him that it was God’s work! “The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence” (v 7). God the Holy Spirit goes before His servants and performs a heart-work (1 Th 1:4-6).
Fourth, there would be no compromise in this great commission. Abraham warned his servant not to compromise his son by bringing him down to her. The bride would be manifested by her faith in the servant’s testimony and willing obedience to the call of God. She would willingly follow the servant back to Isaac. The servant would tell her of his master’s purpose and will to take a bride for his son. He would tell of his master’s greatness! He would give her tokens of His wealth! He would glorify Abraham’s son. He would talk of his miraculous birth and blessed life! He would tell her of the wonders of God’s providence that brought this message to her. He would bring the glad tidings and wait on the LORD to do a work of faith in her heart.
God’s elect are manifested by the work of God’s grace in their hearts through the truth of the Gospel. God only saves sinners by the truth of Christ. There is no compromise in God’s purpose of grace. The bride of Christ, the whole election of grace, shall be made willing in the day of God’s power, and shall follow his servants through the hearing of faith all the way home to Christ. “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Rev 19:9).