In this chapter we have a striking picture of the work of the triune God for obtaining a bride for the Son. The initiative comes from the Father (verses 1-91Now Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in every way.2Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh,3and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live,4but you will go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”5The servant said to him, “Suppose the woman is not willing to follow me to this land; should I take your son back to the land from where you came?”6Then Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there!7The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there.8But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there.”9So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.), the servant is a picture of the Holy Spirit (verses 10-61), the bride is a picture of the church that is related with the Lord Jesus (verses 62-6762Now Isaac had come from going to Beer-lahai-roi; for he was living in the Negev.63Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening; and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming.64Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from the camel.65She said to the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?” And the servant said, “He is my master.” Then she took her veil and covered herself.66The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.67Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.).
Also practically there is much in this chapter that can help and encourage us in our lives with the Lord. As in the previous chapter, we do not hear a voice of God with a command. We don’t see any miracles either. We become partakers of considerations of believers who seek the way of the Lord and we see how the Lord leads.
The lesson is not that we get an answer to our prayers as quickly as the servant and then the answer we want. The lesson is that we may consider and in confidence ask the Lord for His guidance and that He gives it.