Genesis 24

Genesis 24 has Abraham being a very old man.  But he had lived a very blessed life, and God’s hand had been all over him and his patch.  “The Lord had blessed Abraham in all things”.  It wasn’t just in some things, but in all things that God had blessed him.  God cares about all we are involved in.  But there was one last thing Abraham needed to take care of.  He wanted to be sure Isaac got the right wife.  So he called in his “servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had” and told him to “swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac”. He wasn’t leaving this very important thing to chance.

So the servant set out with some men, camels and gifts to find the woman God had in mind for Isaac.  And as he arrives at the watering hole where he wants to begin his search, the servant prays.  It is obvious that Abraham has modeled the importance of prayer to those in his patch.  “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham”. The servant has a very specific request, that a young woman would come and share the water in her jar with him and his men, and would also draw water to take care of his camels.  Does God hear?  “Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah….came out with her water jar on her shoulder”.  God answers prayer, and God definitely answered the prayer of this servant to find Isaac a wife.

It seemed almost too good to be true.  “The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not”.  I don’t know how obvious it was to Rebekah, but the servant was studying her.  It didn’t take him long to figure out she was the one.  He asks “Is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night”?  Pretty direct approach – just invite himself, his men and his camels over.  But she answered “We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night”.  So they head for her home to spend the night and move this to the next level.

The servant goes to her home and is welcomed with arms wide open.  The story is retold and God’s blessing is obvious to everyone.  The servant asks for Rebekah to go with him back to Isaac and “they blessed Rebekah and….Rebekah and her young women arose and rode on the camels and followed the man”.  Things moved pretty fast and soon they were on their way home with Rebekah in tow.  As they approached their homeland, God is at work again.  “Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming”.  Accident?  No – it was a God incident.  “And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel and….Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her”.  God had a plan and fulfilled His promise to Abraham.  And He did it well!

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