When Abraham’s eldest servant tells Rebekah’s family of his mission of seeking a bride for Abraham’s son, Isaac, he explicitly identifies Rebekah as a virgin (Genesis 24:43) and through their interaction recounts that she was not only one of chaste but one of charity as well, willing to serve and go beyond the call of duty, ungrudgingly.
Points to ponder:
The church is the bride to be of Christ Jesus. When the Holy Spirit of God seeks out for you and me who believe in Jesus, i.e., the Church – will he identify us as virgins, undefiled by the carnal desires of the flesh – one full of chaste and prepared to serve with charity, going beyond our calling and commission, ungrudgingly. God is seeking a virgin in you and me – unadulterated by this world or its offering. How will God identify you and me?
Genesis 24:42-48 (KJV)
42 And I came this day unto the well, and said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:
43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;
44 And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom the Lord hath appointed out for my master’s son.
45 And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.
46 And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.
47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter unto his son.