A woman and a well…
Abraham said unto his eldest servant (Eliezer of Damascus) of his house go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.The servant said unto him, suppose the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land?
In Genesis 24 the servant prays this prayer “O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham. Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.”
Not only is this request VERY specific it is like asking to be on the team that wins the World Series and the Super Bowl in the same year. Yet we see in the narrative “she hasted (ran), and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. Again, she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.”
Depending on their needs, camels can drink up to 114 liters of water in a 10-minute sitting. Converting to gallons….that’s 30 gallons per camel…10 camels….300 gallons! With a 5 gallon pitcher about 10 pounds of clay holding 40 pounds of water each of the 60 trips to troughs was 50 pounds for a total of 1.5 tons of water! This was no small feat!
In this account we see a foretelling of Jesus Christ and His 2nd coming. Rebecca represents the bride of Christ and Eliezer represents the Holy Spirit; while the well is the Torah which provides the Living Water. The camels are the “10 lost tribes” or the nations of Jacobs offspring, which is you and I, either by blood or by adoption.
It is our continued drinking of the well that satisfies our needs, we can be the ones not only drinking from the well, we can be the one drawing from the well for others.