Genesis 24:42–49 (ESV)
Isaac and Rebekah (Part 7)
42 “I came today to the spring and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you are prospering the way that I go, 43 behold, I am
standing by the spring of water. Let the virgin who comes out to draw water, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” 44 and who will say to me, “Drink,
and I will draw for your camels also,” let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’
45 “Before I had finished
speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her water jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ 46 She quickly let down
her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I will give your camels drink also.’ So I drank, and she gave the camels drink also. 47 Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She
said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose and the bracelets on her arms. 48 Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord and blessed
the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to take the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. 49 Now then, if you are going to show steadfast love and faithfulness
to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.”
The servant continues telling the family what and how
it happened that Rebekah is the one for Isaac to marry. The servant is ok with them if their answer is no. He is covered, and he will be content with a yes answer too! What I see as the most important part of today’s reading is stated
in verse 48: “Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord and blessed the Lord.” The servant is giving God the credit. I know that we (mankind) often want to take credit for everything we do. When you study the scriptures, you
find out that we often try to take credit for God’s work in us. He is the one who gives us faith (Eph. 2:8-9). Jesus also said you did not chose me, but I choose you (John 15:16). And how can we take credit regarding our faith and salvation
when God knew before the creation of the world (Eph. 1:3–4) “3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly
places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.”
pray: O Lord, help me to give You the credit for my Salvation. Thank you for everything you have done for me. Amen.
Genesis 24:34–41 (ESV)
Isaac and Rebekah (Part 6)
34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 35 The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become great. He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male servants
and female servants, camels and donkeys. 36 And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old, and to him he has given all that he has. 37 My master made me swear, saying,
‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell, 38 but you shall go to my father’s house and to my clan and take a wife for my son.’ 39 I
said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me.’ 40 But he said to me, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and prosper your way. You shall take a wife for my son from
my clan and from my father’s house. 41 Then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my clan. And if they will not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.’
The servant from Abraham announces Abraham’s purpose for the trip and that God is in charge. “The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and prosper your way.
You shall take a wife for my son from my clan and from my father’s house. 41 Then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my clan. And if they will not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.” God has
a plan for us too! He sent his son to be born of a virgin, live a perfect life, suffer, die, and to rise from the dead. His plan of Salvation is for you. You didn’t ask for it, but God did it for you.
I pray: O Lord, thank you for your guiding hand and your plan of Salvation accomplished by Jesus Christ. Amen.
Genesis 24:29–34 (ESV)
Isaac and Rebekah (Part 5)
29 Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban. Laban ran out toward the man, to the spring. 30 As soon as he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister’s arms, and heard the words
of Rebekah his sister, “Thus the man spoke to me,” he went to the man. And behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring. 31 He said, “Come in, O blessed of the Lord. Why do you stand outside? For I
have prepared the house and a place for the camels.” 32 So the man came to the house and unharnessed the camels, and gave straw and fodder to the camels, and there was water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who
were with him. 33 Then food was set before him to eat. But he said, “I will not eat until I have said what I have to say.” He said, “Speak on.”
he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.
I must admit that when I read this section that we have been going over the past 4 days, I get an eerie Twilight
feeling. You just met these people and it just seem eerily strange. It just doesn’t seem right, maybe like Orson Wells Time Machine or maybe the Stepford Wives. I would be on major caution alert, when they seem like they are prepared
for you and have food waiting for you and fodder for the camels. I guess it is my sinful mind and lack of trust versus God’s way working out as He plans. But the servant keeps trusting God to guide them and giving credit to God. It
would be cool, but it would still freak me out. When God is involved, you see this happening all through the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is easier for us to believe by reading about it through hindsight, but to be living all this out
in real time… well, it would be mind blowing!
I pray: O Lord, I see you Divine hand guiding
your servants and providing for their needs. I see you do this in my own life too. Help me to trust your ways and to not doubt when I don’t understand your ways or just don’t see it coming. Guide me to your Kingdom and forgive
me when I doubt. Amen.
Genesis 24:22–28 (ESV)
Isaac and Rebekah (Part4)
22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, 23 and
said, “Please tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?” 24 She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom
she bore to Nahor.” 25 She added, “We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night.” 26 The man bowed his head and
worshiped the Lord 27 and said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me in the
way to the house of my master’s kinsmen.” 28 Then the young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things.
This story always reminds me of Jesus telling his disciples to go into the village and borrow a donkey. He tells them everything that will happen. Well, that
is what is going on in today’s reading. They are hearing and seeing everything they were told would happen. In today’s world, we want to take credit for all that goes on when we are involved, but the servant clearly gives all credit
to the Lord.
I pray: O Lord, you are active in my life, yet I too often think that I am in control
instead of realizing that you are in control. You knew me, and formed me in the womb. You gave me life. You gave me faith, forgiveness, eternal life, and salvation. I know what I deserve, but you have shown grace and mercy to me.
Thank you! Amen.
Genesis 24:15–21 (ESV)
Isaac and Rebekah (Part 3)
15 Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder. 16 The
young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. 17 Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me
a little water to drink from your jar.” 18 She said, “Drink, my lord.” And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. 19 When
she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the
well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels. 21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not.
After hearing what they were to look for in finding a wife for Isaac and then everything working out perfectly… I wonder if they still doubted and wondered is this
really the right girl to be Isaac’s wife. It is amazing that we sometimes doubt God and what he tells us. Well, I guess you can look at it that everytime we sin, we are doubting God’s Word and we think we know better.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not let my doubt get in your way! Help me to trust you and your Word, and to always expect your way to be right. Forgive
me when I interfere with your plan. Amen.