It is no coincidence that in Abraham’s life Genesis 24 follows Genesis 22. Ok, I know that sounds obvious but what I mean is in Genesis 22 we have that – how can I say it- astounding act of obedience by Abraham to God’s command to sacrifice his son. I deal with this in another blog but suffice it to say here that it, of course, is a foreshadow of God the Father going though the death of His own Son on the cross a couple of thousand years later.
Genesis 24 foreshadows God the Father (Abraham) sending the Holy Spirit (his faithful and intimate servant) to get a bride, the Church, (Rebecca) for His Son Jesus (Isaac).
Some points that stand out to me from this story:
- All the servant’s master’s goods were in his hand, he just took 10 camels and off he went.
- The servant didn’t even have to tell Rebecca what to do, she knew and did it.
- The servant did nothing to help Rebecca water 10 thirsty camels. I wonder how many times she had to run back and forth with water containers while he sat and watched?
- The wait was worth it for Rebecca though. She got some pretty cool gifts after she had passed his test.
- Rebecca had no problem leaving her father’s house and going with this stranger to a land far away that she knew nothing much about. Talk about trust!
It’s a lovely story with much to teach us about a right response to the Holy Spirit. Have a read, you are sure to spot other things.