Transquotation: Genesis 24:11-15

29 Dec

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:


11 He had the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.
12 Then he prayed, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.
14 May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’–let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”
15 Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. (Genesis 24:11-15, NIV)


And Christ came down from Heaven to choose and sanctify a bride for Himself. And so we came, though we had nothing to offer. And He showed kindness on us.
Explanation of the transquote:
This is more than anything a transquote by way of contrast; at least, in the details. But in the big picture it still holds true: Jesus came away from His father to Earth, like the servant came away from His master, Abraham, to the land where he found Rebekah. Jesus choose a bride for Himself (the Church), something which the servant didn’t do, true, but they both still picked a bride. – When we look at any shadow, we have to accept that we won’t be able to force the details into their “proper” place. If all the details lined up, it wouldn’t be a shadow but the real thing.
So now that we’ve squinted, looked at it sideways and looked at it through a spectroscope (that’s an exaggeration, if you couldn’t tell), let’s look at it by way of contrast:
We weren’t Spiritually beautiful as Rebekah physically was (we see this in verse 16). A more suitable description would’ve been: dirt-ugly. And that’s putting it mildly.
Jesus never prayed that we would somehow do something to show Him “we were the one.” It’s more like we were doing everything within our power to tell Him, “Not me! Move it along buddy!” … Or at least, whatever the Spiritual equal to that is.
Jesus never bribed us or our parents, as it seems the servant did – see verses 22 and 53 – instead, he snatched us out of the fire we were happily cooking ourselves in.

But now that we’ve explained the transquote, let’s verify it:

New Testament confirmation:

25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing.
26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan–the one you testified about–well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”
27 To this John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.
28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’
29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. (John 3:25-29, NIV)
Basically what John is saying here is that he prepared the way for the bridegroom, Jesus, to come to His bride, the church.

Context confirmation:

61 Then Rebekah and her maids got ready and mounted their camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.
62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev.
63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching.
64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel
65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?” “He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself. (Genesis 24:61-65, NIV)
Here we see the servant actually plays two different parts: the part of Jesus, and then the part of the Holy Spirit bringing to Jesus His bride. – “So she took her veil and covered herself.” This was of course custom, but is also representative for us: where once we had a veil covering our eyes, Jesus has now removed it and given us our Spiritual eyes.

This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection between us and Rebekah.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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