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by John W. White
Genesis 24:53 "And the servant brought forth JEWELS of silver, and JEWELS of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things."
The Old Testament was written to help us learn New Testament truth. Romans 15:4 "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." 1 Corinthians 10:6 "Now these things were our examples [tu>pov, TYPE, G5179*], to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted."
1 Corinthians 10:11 "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples [tu>pov, TYPE, G5179*]: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world [ages] are come."
The Church has been given a heavenly calling; Hebrews 3:1 "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;" The Church has spiritual blessings in the heavenlies; Ephesians 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:" The Church in Christ is seated together with Him in the heavenlies; Ephesians 2:6 "And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:"
Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [eJpoura>niov = heavenlies, G2032*] places." The Church needs all of the armour of God and the Sword of the Spirit to be able to stand and not fall;
2 Timothy 2:3-4 "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4. 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." We need to be confident that all of our needs will be supplied. 1 Corinthians 9:7 "Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges?..." As a good soldier of Jesus Christ we need to know our enemy, armor and our weapons well. Our weapons are not carnal or earthly but heavenly weapons. Our lack of knowledge can cause us to bound in captivity. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 "(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" Our enemies would beguile us with his subtleties that would corrupt our minds. God has given us every thing that we need to stand against the enemy in this pilgrimage. Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6:13 "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." The enemies of the Church are real and formidable, but "The exceeding greatness of His power" toward those that will continue to believe will insure victory over those enemies. Ephesians 1:19 and 21 "And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe [present tense, active voice], according to the working of his mighty power," 21 "Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world [age], but also in that which is to come:" 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 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."
Hebrews 11:10. 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 "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:"
Genesis 24:53 "And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things." This is the first occurrence of the Hebrew word keliy [H3627*] translated here as "Jewels". The Holy Spirit choose the word keliy 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. Keliy means something prepared. 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. The Hebrew word keliy can be found in Strong's Hebrew dictionary under the number 3627. 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 "suit case".
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 house- hold 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 Sam 1:27.
Rebekah was given raiment that she used to cover herself when she saw Isaac walking in the field to meet them. Genesis 24:65 "For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a veil, and covered herself." The Bride of Christ also has raiment to cover her self as well. Revelations 19:8 "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness [righteous acts] of saints."
NOTE: 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 things. 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. In Genesis 22:17 "That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;" Nehemiah 9:23 "Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it." Both the earthly and heavenly seed will possess the gates of their enemies.
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 "And I am sure that the king of Egypt WILL NOT LET YOU GO, no, not by a mighty hand. And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with ALL MY WONDERS which I will do in the midst thereof: and AFTER THAT he will let you go." Exodus 3:22 "But every woman shall borrow [demand] of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:...And ye shall spoil the Egyptians." God's plan to spoil the Egyptians was not revealed to the people until Exodus 11:2 "Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow [demand] of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, JEWELS of silver, and JEWELS of gold." Exodus 12:35 "And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed [demand] of the Egyptians JEWELS of silver, and JEWELS of gold, and raiment:"
Exodus 3:22 "But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: AND YE SHALL PUT THEM UPON YOUR SONS, AND UPON YOUR DAUGHTERS; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians." The sons and daughters were those who were under twenty years of age, and were not counted among those who fell in the wilderness. Hebrews 3:12, 19 "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief [Greek, a>pistia, = no faith], in departing from the living God. So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief [Greek, a>pistia, = no faith]." 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.
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." The first and last act of faith, by the parents, was at the Red Sea. Hebrews 11:29 "By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned." The next act of faith was done by the sons and daughters at Jericho. Hebrews 11:30 "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.
Ephesians 6:13 - 17 "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on 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..."]; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation [1 Thessalonians 5:8 "But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on... for an helmet, the hope of salvation."], and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"
1 John 5:4 "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and THIS IS the VICTORY that overcometh the world, even OUR FAITH."
1 Corinthians 15:57,58 "But thanks be to God, which GIVETH us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ. THEREFORE, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
2 Timothy 2:3, 4 "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 [BY FAITH] who hath chosen him to be a soldier."
2 Timothy 4:7, 8 "I have FOUGHT a good fight, I have FINISHED my course, I have kept the faith [PLEASED HIM]: 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."
2 John 1:8 "Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward."
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