Genesis 24:6-8 records the response that Abraham gave his eldest servant who had questioned, if the bride-to-be for Abraham’s son, Isaac, was unwilling to follow him into their land, should he bring Abraham’s son into the land from where he had come? Abraham’s response was an emphatic ‘No’. He bookends his response by starting out saying “Beware that you bring not my son there again” and assures his servant that the LORD God of heaven would ensure success in the servant’s mission but if the woman is not willing to follow him, then the servant would be cleared of his oath, but reasserts his response “Do not bring my son there again.”
The Bible does not explicitly state the reason for Abraham’s response as to why he did not want Isaac to be taken into the land where he came from (a pagan land called the Ur of the Chaldees), and we can only speculate on the plausible reasons. The one most plausible reason is that Abraham did not want his son to be exposed the pagan customs of the Chaldeans (Joshua 24:2), which in latter times is referenced along with Babylon and Assyria and its vices (Isaiah 13:19; Ezekiel 16:29; Ezekiel 23:14).
However, deeper scrutiny of the text, brings to light a hidden treasure of significance. Notice the word “again”. Isaac had never left the promised land and so this text, I believe symbolically reference Jesus Christ, the Seed of Abraham (Galatians 3:16). Unlike Isaac, who had never left the promised land, Jesus Christ, The Son of God left heaven, the land promised to all of us who believe, and came into this pagan land on earth, where he gave himself for the redemption and salvation of each one of us. He is never again to be brought back by the Holy Spirit of God as a son, but when he returns he will return as a mighty King – the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
Points to ponder:
The response of God to the Holy Spirit as to whether Jesus should be brought into this sinful world, to marry his woman – the Church – should the Church be unwilling to follow the Holy Spirit into the promised land is an emphatic ‘No’ – Not again.
Genesis 24:6-8 (KJV)
6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.
7 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.
8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.