The lone and level sand stretched far away. The scorching sun glared askance into the eyes of the weary desert travelers heading toward the fertile land of Mesopotamia. The words of Abraham reverberated iteratively in the mind of Eliezer, who ruled over all of Abraham’s belongings.
“Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac. Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again. The Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; He shall send His Angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence. And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.”
As Eliezer and his entourage arrived near the city of Nahor, twilight frolicked harmoniously with her colorful raiment. Eliezer made his ten camels kneel by the city’s well.
“O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham. Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master,” Eliezer prayed within.
Soon after his prayer, a very beautiful damsel, who was a virgin, pranced with a pitcher on her shoulder toward the well. Her gleaming dark hair swayed and her scintillating eyes grasped the last beams of sunlight. She was Rebekah born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, wife of Nahor, brother of Abraham. After she filled her pitcher, Eliezer scuttled to meet her.
“Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher,” Eliezer requested pleadingly.
“Drink, my lord,” Rebekah offered with an exuberant smile on her scarlet lips.
After Eliezer gulped the limpid water from her pitcher, she drew some more from the well.
“I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking!” Rebekah exclaimed in ecstasy.
As she hastily drew water for the camels, Eliezer pondered at her and held his peace to construe whether the Lord made his journey prosperous or not. After the camels were done drinking, he took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold. After he gifted her on Abraham’s behalf, he inquired of her father and whether there was enough room for the camels, servants of Abraham, and himself at her house for them to lodge for the night.
“I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor,” she responded, “We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.”
Subsequent to hearing her reply, Eliezer bowed down his head, and worshipped the Lord, “Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren.”
Rebekah bolted to her house and orated to her family the happening that occurred. When Laban, Rebekah’s brother, scrutinized the earring and bracelets gifted to Rebekah, he darted to meet Eliezer and proposed him to lodge with them. Promptly, Laban ungirded and fed his camels, and bathed the feet of Eliezer and all that were with him. Although they served savory delicacies to Eliezer, Eliezer refused to eat before he narrated the reason of his journey. After he recited his errand, he requested of Bethuel if he could take Rebekah for Isaac’s wife.
“The thing proceedeth from the Lord: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good,” Bethuel and Laban answered, “Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master’s son’s wife, as the Lord hath spoken.”
When Eliezer heard their words, he worshipped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth. He then brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah, and he also gifted precious things to her mother and brother. After they dined, they tarried there all night, and rose up in the morning.
“Send me away unto my master,” Eliezer entreated.
On the other hand, Laban and his mother were reluctant to send Rebekah away, and required of Eliezer if she could tarry with them at least ten more days. Eliezer declined the obligation, and wished to travel soon since the Lord prospered his journey. Later, they came to the conclusion to inquire Rebekah herself.
“Wilt thou go with this man?” Laban and his mother queried hesitantly.
“I will go,” Rebekah audaciously replied.
According to her will, they prepared to send her and Deborah, her nurse, away.
“Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them,” her family blessed her.
Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man.
It came to pass that Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi. As he went out to meditate in the field at the eventide, he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. When Rebekah lifted her eyes, she glimpsed at Isaac, and lighted off her camel.
“What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us?” Rebekah inquired curiously of Eliezer.
“It is my master,” Eliezer replied in high spirits.
When he revealed whom the man was, she seized her veil and covered herself. Eliezer then reported to Isaac all the things he had done, and Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife, and he loved her.
This romantic chapter is overflowing with symbolism. Abraham portrays God the Father, Eliezer represents God the Holy Spirit, and Isaac resembles God the Son. Rebekah symbolizes the Bride of Christ.
God the Father sent the Holy Spirit to find a bride for His Son Jesus. Loyal to His oath, the Holy Spirit convicts people to see whether they are the perfect, unadulterated candidate. Just as Eliezer presented Rebekah with gifts, the Holy Spirit profusely bestows to the bride treasures from the Father in both the natural and supernatural realms. He longs to guide her to Jesus and to reveal Him unto her as promised. The Holy Spirit carries her to the Kingdom of God. Jesus draws her into His chambers the Holy of Holies where He loves her.
Are you willing to be a virgin bride? Would you beckon unto the calling of the Holy Spirit? Jesus longs for your soul to be knit to His. Would you have God the Father be a Father unto you? Would you desire Jesus as your Beloved? He wishes to bring you into the Holy of Holies. The decision is entirely yours.
It is recorded in the Scripture that Rebekah answered in determination, “I will go.”