"But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac." (Genesis 24:4)
Genesis 24 is one of my favorite passages of the Bible.
1) Abraham, the father of the nation of Israel, is an old man. His wife, Sarah, has gone the way of all the earth, and he mourns her loss. He wants his son, Isaac, to be happily married.
2) Isaac is the heir of all that Abraham has. He is RICH!
3) Eliezer is Abraham's eldest and most trusted servant. Abraham completely trusts him to carry out his bidding.
4) Rebekah is a young woman that lives far away. She has no idea that Abraham lives, nor does she know him. She is content with her life as it is.
These are the main characters in this drama. Shakespeare could not write a better love story.
Abraham calls his faithful servant, Eliezer, and sends him on a mission. (v. 1-3) He tells him to go to his old home, and find a wife for his only son, Isaac.
Eliezer sets out on the quest, but asks, "What if she doesn't want to come, and be Isaac's wife? Do I bring Isaac to her?" (v. 5)
"No! You are not to bring Isaac back there. If she won't come, then leave her alone," said Abraham. (v. 8)
Do you see an illustration of Salvation in this passage, thus far? Abraham is a picture of God the Father, who seeks a bride for His only Son, Jesus Christ. He sends His faithful servant, the Holy Spirit, into the world on that mission. But, the ones that He approaches with the proposal, must be willing to come with Him to meet the Son.
Eliezer finds Rebekah. It was a miracle that he did. (v. 10-15)
She was beautiful, kind, and vigilant. (v. 16-20)
Eliezer declares his mission, (v.34-41) and it is left up to her, whether she will accept the proposal, or not. (v. 58)
She said, "Yes!" "And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go." (V. 58)
God has sent His Spirit into this world, and He is seeking a bride for God's only Son, Jesus. He will come to each one, and present the proposal. But, ultimately, each one must decide for themselves whether to accept it, or not.
Hallelujah! And Amen! God is to be praised each time a soul says, "Yes!"
Eliezer rejoiced! (v. 26-27) They set out on a journey, together. He was to deliver Rebekah to Isaac, and they were to marry. (v. 61) Each believer has set out on a journey through life with the Holy Spirit as our constant guide and companion. WE ARE GOING TO MEET THE SON!
Look at one more thing. "And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at eventide, and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and behold, the camels were coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master:..." (v. 63-65)
Neither of them were disappointed! When their eyes met, they were in love! Isaac was watching, and waiting for the servant to return with his bride! Rebekah, when she saw him, "lighted off the camel" to meet him!
And you know how the story ends..."They lived happily ever after!"
When the Spirit offers you His Master's Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, agree to go with Him! It is a decision that you will never regret! You will set out on a journey together through life. One blessed day, you will be face to face with Jesus! What a day that will be!
From my heart to your heart.