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[Genesis 24:53; keep this marked, as we’ll be turning to a lot of places; Bible drill time!]
Romans 15:4 say, "For whatsoever things were written
aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of
the scriptures might have hope." This is saying the Old Testament was
written to help us learn New Testament truth. [1 Corinthians 10:6, 11]
Church has been given a heavenly calling; Hebrews 3:1 says, "Wherefore,
holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High
Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus."
[Ephesians 1:3] The Church
has spiritual blessings in the heavenlies.
[Ephesians 2:6] The Church in Christ is seated together with Him in the
heavenlies. The Church has been
given a heavenly calling, the Church has spiritual blessing in the heavenlies,
and the Church in Christ is seated together with him in the heavenlies.
Did you know that we have heavenly enemies?
[Ephesians 6:12; high - heavenly] The
Church needs all of the armor of God and the Church needs the Sword of the
Spirit to be able to stand and not fall.
[2 Timothy 2:3-4] tells us about the well-equipped soldier.
We need to be confident that all of our needs will be supplied.
We need to have faith that everything we need to fight a successful war
will be available to us. We need to
have faith. (Sometimes, faith is manifested by an active, persevering use of the
means that God has given us. Don’t
wait for Him to do everything; He has given us abilities for a reason.)
[2 Corinthians] 1
Corinthians 9:7 asks the question, "Who goeth a warfare any time at his own
charges?" As a good soldier of Jesus Christ we need to know our enemy, we
need to know our armor, and we need to be very familiar with our weapons.
[2 Corinthians 10:4-5] Our
weapons are not carnal or earthly, but heavenly weapons.
Our lack of knowledge can cause us to be bound in captivity.
If you’re in a war, and you don’t know your weapon and how to use it,
you’re going to be in trouble. The
same holds true in spiritual warfare.
enemies would beguile us with subtleties (with the little things) that would
corrupt our minds. Our senses can
be so dulled by little evils and things of the world that we don’t feel the
big evils. God has given us
everything that we need to stand against the enemy in this pilgrimage.
[Ephesians 6:11, 13; 1:19, 21] The
enemies of the Church are very real and very formidable, but "The exceeding
greatness of His power" toward those that will continue to believe (present
action; faithful living) will insure victory over those enemies.
The church is well equipped and has the power to win the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ.
We have a beautiful type in the story of Rebekah and Isaac.
Isaac is a type of Jesus Christ and Rebekah is a type of the church, the bride
of Christ. Abraham's servant, Eleazer, is a type of the Holy Spirit. After
Rebekah accepts the offer to be the bride of Isaac, she had to make a journey to
Isaac's home. The church today is making a pilgrimage to the home of Jesus
Christ. The church is looking "...for a city...Whose builder and maker is
God." As Rebekah met Isaac in
the field away from his tent, the Lord Jesus Christ will meet the church in the
air and then carry the church to the Heavenly Jerusalem.
The church has been supplied with all that she will ever need to make
that pilgrimage. 2 Peter 1:3 says, "According as his divine power hath
given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the
knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:"
What was Rebekah given?
We saw this back in [Genesis 24:53].
This is the first occurrence of the Hebrew word “kli”, which is
translated here as "Jewels". The Holy Spirit chose the word “kli”
to help the Church understand, by type and application, what her Heavenly Father
has provided for her to successfully complete the journey from her earthly home
to her heavenly inheritance. “Kli” means something prepared; an article, a
vessel, an implement, a utensil. Rebekah
received something that was prepared for her. What was prepared for her is found
in the way that the word is translated in other passages of the Old Testament.
You will find that these jewels are not some valuable items
that you would place on your fingers, ears, or wrists. In type, Eleazer provided
Rebekah, the bride of Isaac, with jewels for her journey to help us learn what
the Holy Spirit has provided the Church, the Bride of Christ, for her journey.
It is translated “jewels” a total of 21 times in 17 verses.
It is translated “armour” in 1 Samuel 14:1 and then 11 times in 11 verses.
It is translated “artillery” in 2 Samuel 20:40.
It is translated “bag” twice. Once in 1 Samuel 17:40 and the other in 17:49 when David took a stone from his shepherd's bag to kill a giant.
It is translated “carriage” twice in 1 Samuel 17:22 when David set aside his carriage or his "suitcase".
It is translated “furniture” six times in seven verses. It is used in reference to Tabernacle furniture.
It is translated “stuff” 14 times in 11 verses as household items.
It is translated “vessel(s)” 166 times in 139 verses and is used with respect to the worship and service unto the Lord in the tabernacle and temple.
It is translated “wares” in Jonah 1:5 as ship's cargo.
It is translated “weapon(s)” 21 times in 21 verses.
These are weapons of warfare. 2
Samuel 1:27 says, “How are the mighty
fallen, and the weapons of war perished!”
This is the same word translated all these different ways.
They are all prepared items and they have to do with being ready.
[Genesis 24:53] Rebekah
was given raiment that she used to cover herself when she saw Isaac walking in
the field to meet them. [Genesis
24:65] It’s interesting to note
that she remained uncovered until she went to meet the groom.
The Bride of Christ also has raiment to cover herself as
well. [Revelation 19:8;
righteousness – righteous acts] It
is very interesting that Rebekah's brother and mother, both in the family, were
not given jewels of silver and gold, nor raiment, but they were given precious
It could be that Rebekah's brother and mother are a type of
Abraham's earthly seed. Rebekah and
Isaac are a type of Abraham's heavenly seed.
[Genesis 22:17] [Nehemiah
9:23] Abraham had two seeds; a
heavenly and an earthly seed. One
would number as the stars (heavenly) and the other would number as the sand on
the seashore (earthly). But, these
verses show us that both the earthly and heavenly seed will possess the gates of
[Exodus 3] How
Important are the jewels? God
revealed to Moses, on the back side of the desert at the burning bush, His plan
to deliver the Nation of Israel. [Exodus
3:19, 20, 22] God's plan to spoil
the Egyptians was not revealed to the people until [Exodus
11:2]. Then what happened?
[Exodus 12:35] They’re preparing for a journey.
What else did God reveal to Moses?
[Exodus 3:22] The sons and daughters were those who were under twenty years
of age, and they were not counted among those who fell in the wilderness.
[Hebrews 3] Why
did they fall in the wilderness? Why
did those who fell fall? [Hebrews
3:12-19; in 12 & 19, unbelief - apistia; no faith; unbelieving; without
confidence; violating one’s faith; unfaithful]
In type, the sons and daughters were well equipped to meet any challenge
that might come their way in their journey to the land flowing with milk and
honey. Not only did they pass
through the wilderness, they entered the land of Canaan, and conquered the land
by faith. Genesis 15:18 tells us,
“In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed
have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river
Euphrates.” They were already in
the Promised Land; they were trying to make the journey through the wilderness
to enter into the better part of that inheritance; the Land Flowing with Milk
and Honey; a type of the Kingdom of the Heavens.
[Galatians 3:23-25] "But
before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which
should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring
us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is
come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." Law was
the schoolmaster. The first
and last act of faith by the parents was at the
Red Sea. Hebrews 11:29 says,
"By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the
Egyptians assaying (attempting) to do were drowned."
The next act of faith was done by the sons
and daughters at Jericho. Hebrews 11:30 says, "By faith the
walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days."
Faith was shut up to the sons and daughters during the time that the Law
was given to Moses and while they waited for Mom and Dad to die. The sons and daughters were in school in the wilderness.
After the first five books of the Bible were written by Moses and given
to Joshua, the signs (cloud, fire, manna, etc.) went away. Then the sons and
daughters began to live by faith and not by sight.
What is our responsibility? [Ephesians 6:13-17]
[1 Thessalonians 5] Ephesians
says to put on the breastplate of righteousness.
What is the breastplate of righteousness?
[1 Thessalonians 5:8 "But let us, who are of the day, be sober,
putting on the breastplate of faith and love..."]; it’s obedience; it’s
living a faithful life that’s pleasing unto him.
Luke 1:6 tells us that Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous because
they walked in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord.
What’s the helmet of salvation? [1 Thessalonians 5:8]
We know that we are protected!
The victory is ours by faith. [1 John 5:4] The
victory is our by faith! [1
Corinthians 15:57,58] Victory by
faith, through the Lord! 2 Timothy
2:3, 4 tells us, "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of
Jesus Christ. No man that warreth
entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who
hath chosen him to be a soldier." You
please him by faith and obedience. You
don’t worry about the things in this world and you live by faith in order to
be a good soldier. That’s your
primary concern. If you live a
faithful and obedient life, you will have victory by faith through the Lord.
[2 Timothy 4:7, 8] "I have fought
a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the
faith [I’ve pleased him]: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness… This word “crown” is “stephanos”. It’s a victor’s crown.
It’s based on works. It’s
not diadema, which implies royalty. This
is something that’s earned. If I
have fought a good fight and have finished my course and I have pleased him,
there is henceforth, “laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord,
the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all
them also that love his appearing." Everyone
who has lived a life pleasing unto him.
[2 John 1:8; read it twice]
We all need to set aside jewels for ourselves to prepare us for our
journey through the wilderness. We
all need to put on raiment of white linen, which as we learned in Revelation is
our righteous acts. We need to keep
our clothes clean and lay up a treasure in heaven.
If you do all these things, what is he going to do? He will lay up for you a crown of righteousness!