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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: And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

Genesis 24:2-4

Remember our forth precept; "Revelation" in the study Seven Precepts to Understanding the Bible and examine Genesis chapter twenty-four for the types, similitudes, or the pictures that God has woven into the fabric history.

There are four main characters in the account; Abraham, Abraham's son Isaac, Abraham's unnamed servant, and Rebekah. In the narrative Abraham sends his servant to his brethren to find a wife for his son. Everything we need to know about Isaac’s marriage can be summed up in one sentence: Isaac married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, the son of Nahor, Abraham’s brother. That one sentence explains the genealogy of the family line. Yet, we have a rather lengthy chapter providing much in the way of detail of the event; what is the reason? The reason is that it is similitude woven into history as a type of what is coming. The story is a prophecy of what God is doing and going to do.

The types are these:

  1. Abraham = God the Father
  2. Isaac = Christ Jesus
  3. Servant = Holy Spirit
  4. Rebekah = the bride of Christ, the Church

Abraham (God) sends his servant (Spirit) into the word to seek a wife for his son (Jesus). There a few points to ponder in this. 

This narrative in history is an outline of God's plan. Not every detail is covered here, but there is a lot of Old Testament left to consider. But, as you can see, if we will diligently study you will find the revelations of God's doings in the histories of the Bible.

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Everything God has done, is doing, and will do, is hidden in the Scriptures waiting for those who will seek it as silver and gold.

Proverbs 2:3-5 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.