Thoughts of...A Nice Ring
On our last Tour to Israel, my wife and I both bought gold rings with Ecclesiastes 4:12 inscribed in Hebrew on them. Truly, our marriage is a strong three-stranded cord and Jesus Christ is the Center. I think they are very nice rings.
I found two other rings yesterday morning. In Genesis 22, Abraham is commanded by God to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering (Gen 22:1-2). Abraham has by this time received the promise of God that his descendents through Isaac would be too numerous to count (Gen 12:1-3, Gen 15:1-5, Gen 17:1-8, Gen 17:19). But how is God going to keep His promise if Isaac becomes a burnt offering? Abraham did not know how, but he did know that God was more than able to do it. So he obeyed by faith (Rom 4:17-21). He did not stagger in unbelief but followed the leading of his God. And God counted him as righteous (Rom 4:22).
In Genesis 24, after Divine intervention on Mount Moriah (Gen 22:9-13), Abraham sends his servant Eliezer (Gen 15:2), whose name means “God of help”, to the land of his ancestors to collect a bride for his son Isaac (Gen 24:2-4).
What a pair of very interesting and very profound pictures!
A Father offering His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for sin on a mountain at Jerusalem.
A Father sending His Helper to testify of His Son (John 14:16-18, John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:13-14) in the land of His people to gather a Bride for the Son (John 3:27-30, Eph 5:25-32).
But, that is a whole different study…
Eliezer was led by the Lord to Rebekah (Gen 24:12-16). She responds as he had prayed the Bride would (Gen 24:17-20) and he, in turn, gives to her a down payment of the wondrous things to come (Gen 24:22, Gen 24:35-36, Gen 24:53; Eph 1:3-5,Eph 1:13-14; Eph 4:30). Let’s look at that down payment in Gen 24:22.
The King James Version (a word-for-word translation) reads, “And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight…” A nice ring, wouldn’t you say?
The New American Standard Bible (another word-for-world translation) reads, “Then it came about, when the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a gold ring weighing a half-shekel…” Again, a nice ring!
The Spanish Dios Habla Hoy (God Speaks Today, also a word-for-word translation) reads, “Cuando los camellos terminaron de beber, el hombre tomo un anillo de oro que pesaba como seis gramos, y se lo puso a ella en la nariz.” In English, that means, “When the camels had ended to drink, the man took a gold ring that weighed about six grams and he put it in her nose.” What? A nose ring?!
Going to the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to read the Hebrew behind the KJV English, we can see that Hebrew word that was translated “earring” means “nose ring.” Eliezer gave Rebekah, the Bride-to-be of Isaac, Abraham’s promised son, a nose ring. Not a gold colored earring, but a nose ring made of gold!
Two thoughts came immediately to mind. The first was a mental picture of a Gothic teenager with body piercing in his ears, nose, eyebrows, and tongue. Yikes! The other thought was of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38.
Speaking of the end times invasion of Israel by a Russian-led confederation of nations, Ezekiel 38:1-4 reads in the KJV,