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1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and Yahweh had blessed Abraham in all things.
2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
Eliezer Loyal and faithfull. He could have served Abraham for 40 years since journeying down through Damascus to the land of Promise (Gen.15.2). Here is a period of probation, reminding us of the servant who loved his master and served him for Life, pierced through his ear with an awl to the Christ door (Ex.21.5.6. Pslm . .40.6) *
3 And I will make thee swear by Yahweh, the Elohim of heaven, and the Elohim of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
Eliezer was pledged to find Isaac a wife, but not from the Canaanites. Christ's Bride is taken out of the world, but separate there-after from the world. (Song.l , IJhn.2.15,16,).
"Come out and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing."
Israel forgot these principles and in a third generation lapsed into worldly Apostasy through intermarriage (Jdg.3.6). The same happened to the pre-Flood generation Gen.6. 1,2, giving rise to that awful antediluvian Apostasy. *
Abraham, like every enlightened father, was anxious on the subject of the marriage of his son. His anxiety differed altogether from that of the moderns, whose principal solicitude relates to income and worldly prospects.
He might have found a suitable match on this score among "the daughters of Canaan"-the landed folk of the age; for he was on terms of equality with the leading people, even to their very kings. But he declined an alliance in this direction. The cup of the Amorites was not yet full, but it was filling, and he did not wish alliance with a state of society whose corruptions may be learnt from Lev. 18 as applied in verses 24-25.
He preferred to seek a wife for his son in the family of his own father, who had joined with him in the original pilgrimage from Ur at the command of the Lord (Gen. 11:31), and the members of which showed in their subsequent intercourse with Abraham's servant that they knew and feared the God of Abraham.
Thus early did scruples on the "marriage question" characterise the friends of God....
There are two difficulties in the way. Eliezer, his steward, did not know where he was to find his master's kindred (for there were no directories in those days, and a general reference to Mesopotamia was a poor guide); and even if he found them out, it might turn out there was no woman suitable for a wife for Isaac, or being suitable, she might be unwilling; and how, in that case, was the thing to prosper? Eliezer stated the latter difficulty, and enquired, in case it should turn out so, whether he was, in that case, to take Isaac back to Mesopotamia?
Abraham was emphatic on this point. Wife or no wife, Eliezer was to beware of taking Isaac back to Mesopotamia. It was a command from God that he and his seed were to sojourn in the land wherein they were strangers, and Abraham would not break one command in trying to keep another-a striking and important example. Abraham's confidence was this:
"The Lord God of heaven shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence."
He was prepared, however, for failure, if the will of God were so.
Ways of Providence
13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
14 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.
Eleazer and his party, travelled NE to Haran, across Syria, across the Euphrates, a long arduous journey in faith, about 7-800 miles. He stops at the well, and prays to Yahweh, at the evening of the day (Rom. 13 .12, lThess.5.4). His prayer is linked with the water of life (Jhn.4). Here were living waters at a time the daughters came down to draw water. Would one of them be Isaac's bride, he prays, the one that gave him water and the camels too (10 of these!) *
16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
Rebekah, a pure and fair virgin Bride (Rev. 14. 4, 2 Cor. 11. 2,3),
20 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
So it was, his prayer was answered. She has compassion to a stranger and shows hospitality. She is of a generous and warm hearted spirit. She was a burden bearer (Rom.15.1.2, Ga1.,6.2) She made haste (v.20) and laboured mightily to draw gallons of water for the camels (20 galls; per camel). *
21 And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether Yahweh had made his journey prosperous or not.
22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;
Her ears and hands were adorned with gold by the gifts of Eliezer, speaking of the gold of a tried and perfected faith.through hearing and actions, which would be reflected in Rebekah's faithful life (Gen.25.22,Gen.27, Rom.10. 17, Pslm.24.4, 2 Pet 1:7)). *