Introduction of the Bride (Genesis 22:20-23)
“Now it came to pass after these things that it was told Abraham, saying, “Indeed Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor: Huz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram, Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” And Bethuel begot Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.”
Just before the ending of Chapter 22, we are introduced to some extended family of Abraham. Now one of the children of Abraham’s brother Nahor has a child, her name is Rebekah. And here we have the beginnings of the story of Isaac and Rebekah, probably one of the coolest love stories in the Bible. So just after we close with the story of Isaac as the burnt offering we see the introduction of the bride. Which is interesting because not too long after the sacrifice of our Greater-than-Isaac we see the introduction of another bride…the Church; as we take a look at the chapters to follow we’ll see a beautiful story of husband and wife begin to unfold, from pursuit, to first meeting, and finally to marriage, in the same way we as the bride of Christ are living in a similar love story.
We’ve witnessed His pursuit as He sacrificed Himself on the cross so that we might be in a relationship with Him.
We meet Him and get to know Him through the truth of God’s word, the Bible.
And finally we commit our lives to Him when we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that He is Lord, similar to vows taken at an altar in marriage.
It’s a beautiful thing this relationship with Jesus Christ, to have and to hold till death draws us infinitely closer!