Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and they rode on the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed. (Genesis 24:61)
So much of the story of Isaac and Rebekah has prophetic overtones including the fact that she traveled with her maids on the camels that Eliezer had brought with him. If she brought her maidens with her then we can safely presume they were virgins. If they rode on the camels Eliezer had brought with him that would mean that, including herself, there were ten virgins going out to meet the bridegroom.
All of that should ring a bell for you. Messiah taught us many things in the parable of the ten virgins, among them the critical need to be prepared to respond when the Bridegroom shows up. In the parable, we understand that five of the ten virgins who were waiting to meet the groom were unprepared to make the journey in the night. Because the groom delayed his coming and because their oil lamps had gone out, they were forced to to go looking for oil well after midnight. The result was the door that would given them access to the wedding and the bridegroom was shut by the time they arrived.
All of God’s people have the responsibility to prepare ourselves today for what might be coming tomorrow. If we don’t, we risk finding the door we were supposed to go through — had we been prepared — has been shut. In other words, we can ill afford to make the same mistake made by the foolish virgins. If Rebekah had not been prepared to leave her family’s house she might have missed out on the opportunity to be a matriarch of Israel. So then, let’s do today what must be done so that we will be ready to answer the call tomorrow. The door of opportunity will be open only for a short time. Be in the right place at the right time.
Blessings and Shalom,