Choosing a marriage partner is one of the most important and consequential decisions we will make in life. What principles from this story are applicable in our culture? What guidelines do the Scriptures give in choosing a future spouse? Prov. 18:22; 31:30; I Cor. 7:39; II Cor. 6:14; I Thes. 4:1-8
In many ways, the life of Abraham and Isaac is a beautiful picture of the relationship between our heavenly Father and his Son. We see this clearly in chapter 22 with the “sacrifice” of Isaac being a picture of the future sacrifice of Jesus. In this account, a father sends a servant to a far country to find a bride for his son who does not make the journey. What aspects of this story prefigure our Father God sending his Spirit to seek a bride for his Son? (Eph. 6:31-33; Rev. 19:7-9).
As servants of God, what truths from this story can we apply as we go into the world in an attempt to call people into a relationship with Jesus Christ? What fears did the servant have? Who was he depending upon? How did he decide whom to share his story with and invite back to Canaan? How did he go about sharing the story? What was Rebekah’s response? What sacrifices did her decision to trust in a yet-to-be-seen husband require of her?