Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
A Rainy Day at Stonepoint
Today was the final day of a five part series on marriage. I really enjoyed this series way more than I thought I would. Being in my stage of life I thought there was not much of a reason for me to attend. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. Today’s message concentrated on Genesis 24 and how the person of Rebekah mirrored how the Bride of Christ should be. There were five points:
1. The bride came to learn of the son (Isaac) through his representative. Just as Rebekah learned of Isaac through the faithful servant, so too does the church. Today, the church learns about our Husband, through the representative of the Holy Spirit in our lives. See 1 Corinthians 2: 7-10
2. Rebekah had to leave her old life behind to be with the son. By faith, Rebekah left her old life believing that she would find a lift that he didn’t have in her present situation. The parallel is obvious. To truly know and follow Christ, we need to leave our old life. A life with Christ is far better than anything we can have on our own.
3. Rebekah had to make a journey with the servant before seeing the son. We too, are on a journey with the Holy Spirit. Becoming a Christian does not take away suffering and pain. They will still be with us as long as we are on the journey (1 Peter 3:3-7).
4. Rebekah desired purity before meeting her bridegroom. She covered her head before meeting Isaac. In 2 Corinthians 11:2-3 Paul explained that he betrothed the Corinthians (currently the church) to Christ so that we might be presented as a pure virgin.
5. Rebekah was loved and cared for by the son (Isaac) Genesis 24:66-67. Again, the parallel is obvious. We are betrothed to a bridegroom who loves and cares for us. He has promised to never leave or forsake us.
This was truly a blessed and encouraging series. I pray the lessons from it will be life changing for us at Stonepoint and to the Bride of Christ at large. Blessings.