The Gospel in Genesis: The First Proposal

With creaking, swaying saddles the camels start out on the journey back to the land of Canaan. We can envision Rebekah wondering to herself, “What have I done?” She must have been turning over in her mind all of the sudden events of the past several days. How could it be that she was now on her way to a new land with a stranger for a guide, to marry a man she had likely never heard of before?She had just entrusted her whole life into the hands of this stranger.

Yet, in reality, it was God who was leading her to her betrothed. Her faith in God had brought her to this point. She was called and asked, “Will you go with this man?” and she put her trust in that which she could not see, and, in faith said, “I will go.”

In the same way, each one of us comes to a point in our lives when we must make a decision. In order for us to choose, we need to understand to Whom – and why – we are committing ourselves.

As we are presented with the gospel, it is essential that we hear the whole counsel of God. Although it might not be pleasant to consider, it is absolutely necessary to receive the truth of God’s Word. And the truth is, none of us have merit in His sight. Not only are we not good, but we have sinned, and because of our sins, we are not worthy to be in His presence (Rom 3:12,23; Isa 59:2). The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 6:23).

It is only when we turn and admit we are deserving of God’s wrath and punishment that we can consider the salvation provided by God through the Lord Jesus Christ. We are awakened to our need, and God will bring before us this question: “Will you go with this Man?” “This Man” is His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is only one answer to the problem of sin. There is only one way that we can be made right with God. It is through trusting His Son. The Lord Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

As Rebekah journeyed, she might have pondered, “I wonder what he is like?” and, “Will he love me?” We read in Genesis 24:67 that Isaac took her into his tent, and that he loved her.  Although she had never seen him before, she trusted his love.

We, too, can come to Christ, trusting that He loves us. For indeed, He loved us unto death. He willingly came into this sinful world and went to that cruel cross at Calvary because He loved us. He suffered, bled, and died to pay for our sins, and to give us eternal life. When we turn in repentance and put our faith and trust in Him, we will have peace, rest and assurance forever. Won’t you answer the call today, and say “I will go”?