When the eldest servant in the household of Abraham was asked to promise him that he would go to Abraham’s country and kindred and find a wife for his son, Isaac, the servant questioned reasonably – “But, what if the woman is not willing to follow him into this land (the land of Canaan), should I take your son to the land where you came from?” (Genesis 24:5). Unknown to us are the reasons for this question and we can only speculate on some plausibilities – some of which could be “The parents of Isaac’s bride-to-be would not want her to be far away from their home or The parents of or the bride-to-be herself would not want to move to Canaanite land, that was known for its sinfulness, which was accursed from the time of Noah (Genesis 9:18-25) or for any other reason” The question in essence was what if – what if the woman is unwilling to follow the servant into the land? However, it is important to note that this land wherein iniquity was found was also the promised land to Abraham. This may seem insignificant until we recognize how applicable this question is to our times analogically.
The world we live in today is just as sinful as the land of Canaan or even more. The unnamed servant (Genesis 24:2) on the mission to bring the bride to the Son can be likened to the Holy Spirit (the only person of the Trinity who is unnamed for God the Father is Yahweh or I AM THAT I AM and God the Son is named Jesus). Jesus is the Son of God as was Isaac the son of Abraham. Believers who believe in Jesus and who have trusted him as their Lord, Savior and King are the ekklesia or the Church which is likened to be the woman, the bride-to-be of The only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ himself (Revelation 19:7-9). Now the question posed becomes, What if? – What if the Church is unwilling to follow the Holy Spirit of God into this sinful land to be married to the Son (Jesus Christ)? What if the Church is unwilling to follow the Holy Spirit of God into the promised land for the marriage supper of the Lamb of God, who took away the sins of this world? What if?
Points to ponder:
If you and I are the Church, are we willing to follow the guidance and instruction of the Holy Spirit of God to follow him into the sinful land we live in as a bride, chaste (as a virgin) due to the adorning of the clean and white garments of righteousness (Revelation 19:8) imputed on us (2 Corinthians 5:21), and willing, making ourselves ready (Revelation 19:7) for the marraige supper of the Son of God, Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:9)?
Genesis 24:5 (KJV)
5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?