““Please tell me, is there room for us to lodge in your father’s house?”  She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.”  Again she said to him, “We have plenty of both straw and feed, and room to lodge in.””  Gen. 24:23-25

More often than not I am pleasantly surprised at the allusions I see to the New Testament writings hidden among the ancient Hebrew scriptures, often brought up by well-known Rabbis.  This passage contains one such instance.

Bear in mind I take the position that Isaac is a picture of the Messiah via substitutionary sacrifice; Abraham’s servant is a picture of the Holy Spirit for which I have previously made a case, and Rebekah is a picture of the church, becoming the bride of Isaac.

The servant of Abraham has just watched Rebekah water the camels for hours until they were through drinking.  He then presents Rebekah with gifts, as it is becoming apparent to him that she is, in fact, the one who will become Isaac’s bride. Upon asking which family she is from, he also inquires about lodging for the night for himself and the servants he brought with him.  It is her answer that I find fascinating.

As read in your average English translation, nothing seems unique in her response. The Hebrew is quite telling however.  First, Rebekah answers the servant’s question about who her father is, confirming the bloodline back to Abraham through his brother Nahor.  Then in regards to the question about a place to stay for the night, she responds with “We have plenty… of room to lodge.”

What is noteworthy here is that the infinitive form of the verb “lodge” is used (Tosafos Yom Tov to Bava Metzia 2:9), so it could accurately be translated as “There is no limit to the number of rooms to lodge in” or similar.  The context here would prevent such a literal translation, likewise there is obviously not actually an infinite number of rooms available; however her answer astoundingly echos the words of Christ in John’s gospel, 14:2:

“In my Father’s house are many rooms”

The implication being that when we are dealing with God Himself, there is no limitation to the amount of places that may be provided.  That is the understanding here, Rebekah is telling the servant there is more than enough room in her father’s house.  Alternately, it could be understood as the availability of lodging for an unlimited number of nights; this too gives us a picture of the world to come – life eternal!

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