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. (Genesis 24:10)
Even though he is not mentioned by name, Eliezer of Genesis 15:2 is understood to be the one that Abraham sends to fetch a wife for his son. That he is not named is interesting because the focus is not upon him but upon the mission. The name “Eliezer” means “My God helps.” Eliezer was sent by Isaac’s father to help in the propagation of the promise given to Abraham, taking with him ten camels bearing all of his master’s goods.
Looking at this story as a pattern for the future, Eliezer was sent into the nations to search out a bride for the promised seed, Isaac. Thus, Abraham’s servant paints a picture of the role God’s Spirit plays in the Kingdom; the Spirit of God searches for those who are willing to be guided by “spirit and truth.” Furthermore, it is the Spirit of God who draws those who would join themselves to Messiah as His Bride. To those who answer this call He says:
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)
It is no accident that Eliezer loaded his master’s goods onto ten camels, alluding to the Ten Commands that are given to God’s people as a way of life — an abundant life at that. And it is the Spirit of Truth who teaches and leads us as to how we are to obey the truth. Paul said:
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26)
Today, we thank our Father for sending us His Spirit to lead, guide and teach us His ways that we may live a life that pleases and honors Him. Let us continue to hear His voice and heed His direction as we navigate through these very perilous times.
Blessings and Shalom,