“When viewed from the perspective of Scripture, history is more than the recording of the events of the past. Rather, what has happened in the past, what is happening now, and what will happen in the future is all evidence of the unfolding of the purposeful plan devised by the personal God of the Bible.
“All circumstances of life – past, present, and future – fit into the sovereign plan of God like pieces of a puzzle.”
Quote by Robert Lightner, theologian, Dallas Theological Seminary
“Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by it’s horns.” Genesis 22:13 NKJV
Reading this verse, I have heard it taught, and believe, that “Isaac” and the “ram” are both pictures or shadows of Jesus Christ. (The Son and the sacrifice).
“…you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Genesis 22:12 NKJV
“And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17 NJKV
Reading further, my eyes landed on the words in verse 23 of the 24 verses in Genesis 22.
“And Bethuel begot Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.” Genesis 22:23 NJKV
STOP. “Lord, why would Holy Spirit choose to finish one of the most important chapter’s in Scripture, Abraham offering up his son Isaac, with telling us how many children Abraham’s brother Nahor had?”
“Look again.” I heard Him speak to me.
“Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked,”
“Rebekah!” “LORD, Abraham saw Rebekah in the future! Isaac, his beloved son, married Rebekah, who bore Jacob, who bore the twelve sons, who bore David, who bore Jesus!”
“Rebekah is the Bride!” The Bride! Abraham saw the Church, the Bride of Christ!”
This revelation changed everything for me. It deepened the significance of the love Christ has for us, His Church. Jesus saw us from the beginning. He, “lifted his eyes” and saw His Bride. The cross “behind him,” and His Bride in the future. We are in Chapter 22 of Genesis ❤️
The Bride, Jesus willingly offered up His life for His Bride.
“Looking into Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame…”Hebrews 12:2 NKJV
Jesus, yesterday, today and forevermore! “The sovereign plan of God. “
“I am by Beloved’s, and His desire is towards me.”Song of Solomon 7:10 NKJV