Coachlight Bible Study - The Bridegroom Cometh – Genesis 24


Genesis 22:2-4 “And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God  of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not  take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites,  among whom I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, and  to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.


I. Isaac is almost a perfect type of the Lord Jesus Christ and the story of the Gospel. 

A. Except Joseph, there is none that so foreshadows the Lord Jesus Christ as Isaac,

B. The son of Abraham.

C. Given by supernatural conception

D. Sacrificed on Mt. Moriah

E. Raised from the dead

II. Last lesson we left Abraham and Isaac on top of the mount.

A. Following chapter 22 very close, we find Abraham descending the mountain

B. But we do not read anywhere is Scripture that Isaac descended.

C. Now, of course, we know that Isaac did descend at the same time

D. We will not find Isaac’s name until he reappears in chapter 24 to meet his bride.

1. As far as the Bible record goes, Isaac was left up on the mountain.

2. In other words, it was written like that so Isaac is not seen again until after his resurrection until he goes out in the field to meet Rebekah, his bride.

3. Isaac’s name is not mentioned once in the rest of chapter 22, or in 23, - he is absent.


Genesis 22:19 “So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.”


E. Where is Isaac? He is not mentioned.

1. Then follows in chapter 23 the death of Sarah. (represents the Nation of Israel.)

2. Notice in the whole account of the death and burial of Sarah, Isaac is never mentioned.

F. Surely, we must see the dispensational lesson in this.

1. After the Greater Son of Abraham was slain on Calvary, He disappeared and the Nation of Israel is “set aside” and “buried”, as if she were without her Messiah.

2. From the record, Isaac didn’t even attend is mother’s funeral.

K. Jesus too, the Messiah antitype of Isaac was

1. Rejected,

2. Crucified and

3. Ascended into heaven.

L. During his absence the Nation of Israel is set aside, as represented by the death of Sarah and her burial.

III. Calling Of The Bride -  Probably nowhere in the Bible is there found a picture as complete and beautiful of the calling out of the bride for the Lord Jesus Christ as we have here in Genesis 24.


A. After Sarah was dead, Abraham sent his servant Eliezer to bring back a bride for Isaac.

1. Isaac was Abraham’s only son.

2. When his son was forty years old, Abraham called his servant, Eliezer (God’s helper) to go into a far country and bring back a bride for his son.

B. Remember how he set out into a far country and brought back Rebekah after meeting her at the well in Laban’s sheepfold.

C. When the servant of Abraham, who typifies the Holy Ghost, met Rebekah,

1. He showed her the riches of Isaac

2. Told her the purpose for which he had come.

D. He gave a hard proposition to the young bride -  He  asked her to do three things.

1. Believe a man she had never met before.

2. Go to a land from which she would never return.

3. Marry a man she had never seen.

E. This was a test of faith for Rebekah.

F. Rebekah decided to go with Eliezer, and to wed Abraham’s son, Isaac.

1. She believed the word of the servant Abraham had sent.

2. With the evidence of the jewels he presented as a token of the word of his servant,

3. She was willing to set out for this strange land.

G. Rebekah got ready and went with this man to a strange and unfamiliar country

1. She hardly knew in which direction they were going.

2. She simply trusted her leader sent by the master, Abraham.

3. She believed that she knew the way.

H. Then after a long journey, one day toward evening, she lifted up her eyes and saw a man walking in the glooming.

1. She recognized him, not because she had seen him before, but from the description she had received from the servant no doubt, along the way.

2. She recognized him, and with a voice filled with emotion, cried out:


                     Genesis 24:65 “What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us?”


I. The Bible tells us the servant said:  “It is my master.”

J. And we remember the incident, how Rebekah, overcome with joy

1. Lighted from the camel

2. Ran to meet him.

3. The scene of greeting is briefly described in these words:


Genesis 24:67 “And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.


IV. The meaning of this typical and prophetic picture from the life of Abraham and Isaac.

A. God the father had only one Son.

B. After He had offered Him up to die on the cross of Calvary -  He too sent His servant,

1. The Holy Ghost, represented by Eliezer, sent into a far country of this wicked world

2. To call out a bride, the Church, for His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. That servant was sent out on the Day of Pentecost and has been on His journey now for 2,000 years.

C. He is asking men and women to come and be the bride of the Master’s Son. The same questions are put to sinners today. You remember they were:

a. Believe a person you  have never met before, even the Holy Spirit of God.

b. Go with Him, allow Him to lead and guide you by faith into a far country from which you will never return.

c. Marry a man you have never seen before.

D. This then, is the simple plan of salvation. It is by faith. We must believe the testimony of the Holy Ghost in this world, or as the Bible puts it:


I Pet. 1:8  “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him

not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:”


E. When we believe on Him, and accept the offer of the Son of God, immediately the Servant, the Holy Ghost,

1. Opens up the treasures of His grace to our eyes, even as Eliezer opened up the bags of jewels to show the riches of the son to the prospective bride.

2. Then He clothes us with the raiment which the Son has provided, even His sinless righteousness.

3. We set out on a journey with the Holy Ghost, with only Him and the Bible as our guide.

a. We probably do not know the next step

b. We must put all our trust in Him

c. Let Him lead.

4. Sometimes the days are hard, but when the journey seems long,

a. the Holy Ghost tells us more about the One whom we are soon to meet and we take courage and continue on again.

b. When the Holy Ghost takes some of those precious jewels from the Book of our blessed Master, and with the promises of truth, encourages us all along the way.

5. All the way, the Servant talks, not of Himself, but only of Him whom we are going to meet.


This is what John speaks of in the 16th chapter of his gospel, when he says:


John 16:13,14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you                             into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he  shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it  unto you.”


     F. The Holy Ghost, typified by the servant of Abraham, does the same today.

a. He witnesses concerning our coming Lord.

b. He reveals the beauty of Christ in the Book, as we journey on by faith.

G. One of these days, as the evening shadows of the closing day of this dispensation come to an end, and the night of the world approaches

a. We will look up, and there in the field of Heaven we shall see Him,

b. The Spirit in us will answer, “That’s Him,”

c. We will light off the camel of our mortality

d. And rise to meet Him in the air,

1. We will fall into His open arms

2. Though we have never seen Him before

3. But we have learned to love Him.

e. He will bring us into His eternal tent of many mansions

a. Introduce us to His Father and our Father

b. The eternal honeymoon of bliss and happiness, where sorrow and pain can never come, shall be ushered in with all of its glory and splendor forever.


V. The Coming Of The Shepherd

A. soon the Chief Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ, will come again, according to His promise.

1. All those who have given heed to the Holy Spirit’s call will rise to meet Him.

2. The rest will go through the dark night of judgment - tribulation

3. We are safe in the house of many mansions, prepared for us up there.

B. All the sheep will be in,

1. The Chief Shepherd will pass out His precious rewards for faithfulness

2. We will be as a bride without spot or wrinkle in preparation for His reign upon the earth.

C. The coming rapture is what Paul was talking about:


I Thessalonians. 4:13-17  “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with him in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. “


VI. The handing out of Rewards – Judgment Seat of Christ
A. Christ will judge our works -  if they have been good or useless


II Corinthians 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.


B. It is a trial by fire


I Corinthians 3:9  For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. {husbandry: or, tillage}

I Corinthians 3:10  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

I Corinthians 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

I Corinthians 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

I Corinthians 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. {it shall be: Gr. it is}

I Corinthians 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

I Corinthians 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

C. The Crowns:


1. An Incorruptible crown for mastery over the old man


I Corinthians 9:25  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.


2. A crown of rejoicing for the soul winner


I Thessalonians 19  For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? {rejoicing: or, glorying?}

20  For ye are our glory and joy.


3.  A Crown of Life for enduring temptation


James 3:2  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.


4. A Crown of righteousness for loving His appearing


II Timothy 4:8  Henceforth there is 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.


5. A Crown of Glory for feeding the flock


I Peter 5:3  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. {being lords over: or, overruling}

I Peter 5:4  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.


VII. The Holy Ghost is still calling today:


Revelation 22:17  “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

A. Undoubtedly, the journey which Rebekah was asked to make with this man, Eliezer, seemed long and wearisome, endless at times.

1. Yet, one can but imagine the joy which must have thrilled her heart when the journey came to an end, and she found that Isaac was far more than all her expectations could have imagined.

2.  He was far more beautiful, far more kind than she had ever dreamed.


B. One of the surprises is going to be when we meet the Lord, we shall cry out, “the half has never been told.”

1. It will be so much more wonderful than anything we had even imagined,

2. that our mortal bodies here could not begin to conceive or contain the glory of His blessed person.


So we conclude with another call from the Holy Ghost:


Acts 16:31 “…believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”


Isaac – A Type of Christ   -   The Bridegroom Cometh

Getting The Bride For Isaac

Gathering the Bride of Christ

Isaac’s record leaves him still on Mt. Moriah after being sacrificed – absent at his mother’s funeral, appears again when the bride has appeared

Christ was crucified, died, buried, resurrected and translated, but appears again at the rapture of the bride -  John 16:10

Sarah dies and set in a tomb

The Nation of Israel is “set aside”

Isaac the only begotten son of Abraham -

Jesus the only begotten son of Abraham

After the sacrifice, Abraham sent Elieser to teach the bride about Christ – Genesis

After the sacrifice, The Father sent the Holy Ghost to teach the bride about Christ  John 16:7-14

Rebekah had to trust Eliezer to guide her on the journey to Isaac

We must trust the Spirit to guide us on our journey

All the way, Eliezer talks, not of Himself, but only Isaac

All the way, the Servant talks, not of Himself, but only of Him whom we are going to meet. – John 16:13

Rebekah had to take Eliezer’s description of Isaac by faith, with evidence of jewels for a reward

We, too must take the Word’s description of Christ by faith, with crowns as reward