“Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, for all his master’s goods were in his hand. And he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor. And he made his camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water. Then he said, “O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.” ~ Genesis 24:10-12
At the end of Abraham’s life, he makes provision for his son’s future. Among possessions and inheritance, Abraham wants Isaac to find a good companion, a wife. Abraham entrusts his faithful servant Eleazar with the task of finding a woman from among Abraham’s family. After Abraham’s death, Eleazar makes preparations for completing his master’s final request. He grasps the significance of this event and before he goes out, inquires of the Lord for success.
Eleazar is successful. He finds a perfect, pure bride for Isaac. Her name is Rebekah and Isaac immediately loves her. A bride is united with Isaac and his father’s request is honored and fulfilled.
This quest of Eleazar to find a bride teaches two very important lessons. First, it is a picture of the church as the Bride of Christ. It also speaks to the believer about the Lord’s perfect provision.
Abraham is a type of the Father. The Father in heaven sends a command to find the Bride, which is us! Isaac is a type of Christ. Isaac awaits his bride and prepares a place for her, just as Christ awaits his Bride to meet him in heaven. Eleazar is a type of the Holy Spirit who pursues people to receive Christ and become the pure and perfect Bride with a home in heaven. The church at large is the Bride of Christ. Christ protects and cherishes his bride as Isaac his bride.
Secondly, this shows God’s faithfulness to provide perfectly for our needs. If you are single or you have a need, ask God to make your pursuit successful. Believe that God has your best in store. He will provide a bride or groom for the single person, just as God provided Isaac the perfect bride.
No matter your needs, God can provide for you today. Whether you are single and desire to be married or you are married and are struggling. Ask God. Seek counseling. God wants to bless His church.