Ten Thirsty Camels by By Gary Glass (New)
Ten Thirsty Camels
In Genesis, chapter 24, Abraham is seeking a bride for his son,
Issac. Abraham's servant takes ten camels with the "goods of his
master" and goes to Mesopotamia to find a bride.
This is a wonderful picture of God, the Father, seeking a bride
(the church) for His Son, Jesus Christ. The unnamed servant, a type
of the Holy Spirit, who does not "speak of himself" but takes of the
Bridegroom with which to win the bride.(John 16:13-14). When the
servant arrives at the city of Nahor, he has his ten camels kneel
down outiside the city before the well at the time the women go out
to draw water.(1)
The Ten Commandments are like the ten camels that carried
Abraham's servant, and I believe the well of water represents
salvation and the cross. The Law or the Ten Commandments demand perfection and righteousness, and thirst for it. However, man's heart is like a desert. It is dry, and there is nothing within man to satisfy the demands of God's Holy Law. In John 4:11, I think the woman at that well said it best when Jesus asked her for a drink. She said,"You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep." Thus, it is with our hearts. We have nothing to draw from when it comes to our righteousness. Our souls are like deep wells that cannot quench the thirst of God's Holy Law.
However, listen to Jesus reply, "Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again. But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
Now, Rebekah was very beautiful and a virgin. Thus, it is with the church in God's eyes. Rebekah, "went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up", and gave the servant of Abraham a drink along with the camels. As believers, we have to go down to the cross, so that we can come up to God. The Bible says, "Ho, every one that is that is thirsty, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye buy, and eat; yea, come, by wine and milk without money and without price." Isaiah 55:1. Thus, God's answer to our thirsty soul is provided by Christ's finished work on the cross.
Finally, the primary reason the bride draws water from the well of salvation is to satisy the ten thristing camels of a holy and just Law. If the Law did'nt demand death for sin, then we would'nt need a Savior. The bride of Christ loves God's Law because of what it is
(an expression of His holy nature) and what it does( shows us our need for mercy). The question is asked to Rebekah, "Will you go with this man? And she said, "I will go." Gen 24:58. Let us do the same.
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee; my soul thirsts for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. Psalm 63:1
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." Isaiah 12:2-3
1. The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort