A Bride For Issac

February 7, 2022

 

A Bride For Issac

 

(NIV) Genesis 24:1 Abraham was now very old, and the Lord had blessed him in every way. 

2 He said to the senior servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh. 

3 I want you to swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, 

4 but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.”

10 Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor. 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, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful 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 young woman, ‘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 Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. 

16 The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.

17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.”

18 “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.

19 After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” 

20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels. 

21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.

26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, 

27 saying, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.”

28 The young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things.

54…When they got up the next morning, he said, “Send me on my way to my master.”

55 But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so; then youm ay go.”

56 But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the Lord has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master.”

57 Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.” 

58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?” “I will go,” she said.

 

INTRODUCTION

A lot of people have their favorite stories from the Bible.

As children we learned about Daniel in the Lions den.

We learned about Noah and the ark.

We were in awe of the story of David and Goliath.

And even rejoiced in the deliverance of the Hebrew children from the fiery furnace.

But this chapter has more allegories that apply today than any of those other stories.

You see, Rebekah is an Old Testament picture of the church or the Bride of Christ.

As we see what really happened, there is great application to the church today.

Isaiah (12:2) said, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”

 

The first Allegory is…

1) THE COMMISSION OF THE FATHER - vs. 1-9

Abraham tells his servant, “Go get a Bride for my Son.”

The Bride must leave Idolatry and come to the Son! (Repentance)

We must never take for granted, that though we must accept salvation, God came to and for us!

 

II. THE COMFORT OF THE SEEKER - ELIEZAR - NAME MEANS “GOD IS HELP”

The Holy Spirit - called the Comforter, the Paraclete, the one along side, the one that HELPS!

The Servant was the Seeker - the Helper.

The Servant settled by the well - Water.

The servant is not named, but Genesis 15:2 names the steward of Abraham.

His name was Eliezar.

He did the right thing.

He needed direction!

How would you like to pick out your boss's son's bride?

BUT HE PRAYED! - vs. 12

 

III. THE CAMELS OF GRACE - VS. 10-14 GRACE APPEARED

(Ten is a number of completion) - vs. 10-11

They Revealed the Provision of the Father - Ten Camels

Noah was the tenth generation - completed the age before the flood.

Ten Plagues - the complete judgment of God.

Ten Commandments - the complete Law.

The Tithe - represents the submission to the complete ownership of God.

Ten is a number that represents the WHOLE.

THE SUFFICIENCY - - TEN CAMELS - HE DID NOT NEED THAT MANY!

It showed the Ability of the Father - He was wealthy!

She saw the Camels, and they were beyond her imagination!

The Settling - The Servant made them to kneel down!

He was not in a hurry, but would be patient to find the Bride.

There was not threat of danger

The Separation - out of the daughters of men, would come a bride!

She would separate herself, and be taken to the Son.

THE CAMELS REPRESENTED THE PATHWAY TO THE SON - THE SAFETY TO THE SON

The Servant came seeking the Bride, but the Camels would take her HOME!

Safely travel across the rough Terrain.

Safely travel through the Storms.

They would take her home!

 

IV. THE COMPLIANCE OF THE BRIDE

We know that salvation is not by works, and we must not over state the types, or pictures in the Scripture.

At the same time, genuine salvation will be accompanied by service.

The service here was not her means of salvation, but merely identified her!

We are not saved by works, but we can be identified by works.

 

A REQUIREMENT WAS SET FORTH - VS. 14

14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘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.”

UNUSUAL - not for a man to ask for water, but to expect anyone to water your animals - (not just one either, TEN OF THEM)

UNFAIR - Eleazar did not lift a finger!

Eleazar did not even brag on her, or motivate her. Vs. 21

21 Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.

UNINTERESTING - Who wants to water camels, there is no glamor in that!

Ephesians 6:6 “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:”

THE RESPONSE THAT WAS SURPRISING - VS. 15-20

UNPROMPTED - she was not asked.

She was not asked, coaxed, begged, or even prompted!

UNHESITATING - She saw the need! - vs. 19

UNFALTERING - 19-20

Commitment (until they have done drinking! - vs. 19)

She hastened to get the job done! - vs. 20

 

THE REWARD - VS. 22

22 So it was, when the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a golden nose ring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels of gold,

IT WAS UNKNOWN - He never offered, it was a reward after the fact!

It is yet to be seen what God will do for His faithful followers!

Story after story could be told.

IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE - Think about Gold’s value.

IT WOULD BE UNCHANGING - Her greatest reward was yet to come.

 

CLOSING

God has chosen you…

Will you serve him?

Will you be ready to go with Him?