With a lot to still research on this “near sacrifice” of Isaac, I am not going to go forward with this part of Abraham’s story until I do further research. There is a gnawing inside of me that suggests that I may have jumped the gun on my beliefs and opinions of that whole chapter of Abraham’s journey. However, I will continue my posts past the near sacrifice of Isaac onto the next prayer time that we find in the scriptures. This prayer time doesn’t involve Abraham directly, but one of his men or servants (Eliezer)– “the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had…” This is a wonderful story of Abraham sending this trusted man off to find a wife for his son Isaac, which was the custom back then. Sometimes I think how odd that would be in this day and age, yet, this one worked beautifully!
The journey down this path begins with Abraham instructing his head servant and telling him to swear that he will not take a wife from among the Canaanite women to find a wife for Isaac. Here is the scripture:
Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, “Please, put your hand under my thigh, 3 and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; 4 but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”
The woman that was to be the wife for Isaac was to be pure and from his father’s relatives. I really love Eliezer’s reply. He is so real with Abraham, but I suppose he had been with him for quite some time and had a wonderful relationship with Abraham. Here is what the servant Eliezer says:
5 And the servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?”
Oh, but you forget, Mr. Servant … God is a God of Provision! God will provide! How quickly we forget to recall the memories of when God provided everything at a time when we saw it to be so unsettling and lacking. God knows our limits and our finiteness… He created us. We have to be reminded over and over again, sometimes and that’s ok, I suppose because He keeps doing it.
Now Abraham sends Eliezer out and he takes with him 10 camels and all the provisions and gifts for the “wife to be”. This trip will take approximately 3-4 weeks. Eliezer has a plan and must have thought of this along the way. This was a long journey back to Abraham’s land of his father’s. I imagine he had plenty of time to think about it and I can imagine that he and God had conversations along the way. He had 3-4 weeks and I feel certain that God assured him He would show him which one was the one for Isaac. The scripture actually just records his prayer to God after he arrives just outside the city of Haran. Here is the scripture:
12 Then he said, “O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink’—let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.”
By this time this man knew that the God of his master would hear his prayer. He was absolutely certain and he also knew that if he just talked to God and told him what it would take to help him realize which young woman it was that was for Isaac that God would help.
This story, like all of the Old Testament stories, is so full of symbolism. I want to explore the symbolism more in the next post. However, I will say that this story is a representation of the Father (God/Abraham) and the son (Jesus/Isaac) and the “Bride of Christ” (Christians/Rebekah). I will explore that in depth in the next post. I will be making 2 posts today (Sunday) and will share with you what God has asked me to share with you.
For now, let us not forget that Today is the day that The Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24
The Video – Today Is The Day – Lincoln Brewster