Genesis Chapter 24 is a beautiful historical narrative about how Abraham our Father sent his faithful servant to find a wife for his only son Isaac. Isaac was the inheritor of the promise through whom Israel would come, and through whom the Messiah would come into the world. Rebecca could not be an ordinary woman, but a woman found from the direction and the choosing of HASHEM. The faithful servant uses the Hebrew word ‘nachani’נחני which means ‘through His leading He causes me to rest’. There is a key to this historical narrative through which it assumes an even greater and more profound allegorical and even prophetic meaning. The key is found in verse 27 in the words of the faithful servant when he finds Rebecca.
“And the man (the servant) bowed his head and worshipped the LORD.
And he said, Blessed the the LORD G-D of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his mercy and his truth from my master: I, being in the way, the LORD has caused me to rest and brought me to the house of the brothers of my master.”
ויקד האיש וישתחו ליהוה:
ויאמר ברוך יהוה אלהי אדני אברהם
אשר לא עזב חסדו ואמתו מעם אדני
אנכי בדרך נחני יהוה בית אחי אדני:
The key words here are mercy and truth חסד ואמת . These are the seventh and the eighth attributes
of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy of the name of HASHEM that HASHEM revealed to Moses in Exodus 34:5-7.
So why did the faithful servant mention these attributes and not other attributes?
The answer is that these are the attributes of the Messiah who was to come through Isaac’s seed.
“For the Torah was given by Moses, and mercy and truth חסד ואמת came by the Messiah Yeshua ישוע המשיח .”
Thus we see a great prophecy of HASHEM extending these attributes of his name through Isaac, through Israel, through the Messiah, to the entire world.
The servant saying “grace and truth” חסד ואמת here reveals that the Messiah Yeshua is in the midst of this chapter. The whole narrative becomes a beautiful prophetic allegory with significant future historic ramifications. The Heavenly Father sends his faithful servant, the Holy Spirit, to get a bride for His Son from among the nations. And through the Messiah Yeshua משיח ישוע, who springs out of Israel ישראל , who springs out of Isaac יצחק comes the redemption of the world.
“And I John יוחנן saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from G-d out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of G-d is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and G-d Himself shall be with them, and be their G-d.