Allegorical Reflections: Genesis 24:16

“An exceedingly comely maid, and a most beautiful virgin, and not known to man: and she went down to the spring, and filled her pitcher and was coming back.” (Genesis 24:16)

When the Patriarch Isaac’s mother died he began to seek a wife for comfort.  He sent his servant to find one and when the servant came to Nahor he saw Rebekah, the beautiful woman described in the passage above.  The “exceedingly comely maid”, Rebekah was found near a well of water, filling her pitcher.  Isaac’s servant brought her home and Isaac took her to be his wife.

This story is a type of Christ and His Bride.  The Lord Jesus also began to look for a bride after the death of His mother.  Not the death of His biological mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, but His mother, the people of Israel, from whose race He was born.  In a sense, the people from which He came may be said to have died in that they rejected the One who came to bring them life.  So, like Isaac who began to search for a Bride after the death of His mother, the Lord Jesus began to search for a Bride, the Church, after the death of His mother, the people of Israel.

Another point worth noting is that as Isaac’s bride was found near a well of water filling her pitcher, so too Christ finds His Bride, once she is washed near the fount of the waters of baptism, filled with the living waters of eternal life (John 4:14).1

Lastly, as Rebekah, which means “fettering (with beauty)”, was described as an “exceedingly comely maid and a most beautiful virgin” so too the Church, the most beautiful of all Brides, is described in the Song of Songs, “Thou art all fair, O my love, and there is not a spot in thee.” (Song of Solomon 4:7).

As we contemplate this Scripture, let us with a greater passion strive to be that spotless Bride by the cleansing of God’s word (Ephesians 5:26).

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