Abraham’s Servant Finds a Wife For Isaac

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Charged with his great commission, the servant arose and went to Mesopotamia which was about 450 miles from where Abraham was living in Hebron (v. 10). He went up the Jordan valley, passed Damascus, around the Fertile Crescent, and crossing the Euphrates he reached his destination. He designed a specific test that the woman who would  draw water for his camels would be the one for Isaac (vv. 11-14). To draw 50 gallons of water from the well and empty into the drinking pails of 10 camels in the heat of the day was no small task. Each camel would drink about 5 gallons of water. Such a woman would make a very good wife. Soon Rebekah came along and all unknown to her, she met the conditions of the servant(vv. 15-21). Immediately the servant rewarded her for her willing spirit with a generous gift (v.22). Then he discovered  that she was the daughter of Bethuel and the granddaughter of Nahor, Abraham’s brother (vv. 23-25).

The servant bowed his head and thanked the God of his master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward his master Abraham (v. 26). Then he thanked the Lord for leading him to the house of his master’s kinsmen (v. 27). Following this the young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things (v. 28). Soon he was taken to Rebekah’s home where he shared with the family that his mission was to find a bride for Isaac and it was evident that Rebekah was the chosen one by God. Notice that when the servant came to seek a wife for his master, he did not go to places of amusement and sinful pleasure, and pray that he might meet one there, but to the well of water, expecting to find one there. He prayed that God would please make his way in this matter plain and clear before him. Our times are in God’s hand; not only events themselves, but the times of them. 

Application

I need to make sure that I am not wandering around aimlessly in life but make sure that the things I am doing have a purpose and are well planned out just as the servant was in seeking a bride. I just need to have patience to wait on the Lord. 

Genesis 24:10-28 (English Standard Version)


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