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Gen 24:30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister’s hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well. And he said, Come in, thou blessed of Yahweh; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.
But Laban had a hand above Rebekah’s…he knew who this man was, she didn’t.
Gen 24:33 And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
Okay, I really like this servant! <grin> He wasn’t going to eat or do anything until he had made his errand clear. He too, wasn’t a dawdler! He was quite sure by now, I’m sure, that this was definitely Yahweh’s chosen for Isaac and he wasn’t about to wait a minute longer to explain all that Yahweh had done and answered!
Gen 24:34-36 And he said, I am Abraham’s servant. And Yahweh hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses. And Sarah my master’s wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath.
He started off by basically telling Rebekah’s family “No worries, the man I am about to tell you of is ready to fully provide for your daughter.” I guess he figured he would jump in and get to the heart of the matter. Let’s clear the first question “can he provide for her?” Now that you know the answer to the first question, let me tell you the rest. <grin>
Gen 24:37-41 And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell: But thou shalt go unto my father’s house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son. And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me. And he said unto me, Yahweh, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father’s house: Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.
He explains the errand and how he will be clear of his oath if they don’t agree to it. But he doesn’t just tell them what Abraham told him, he goes on to explain why he believes their precious daughter Rebekah, is the one for Isaac. He first shares with them what he had prayed…
Gen 24:42-44 And I came this day unto the well, and said, Yahweh God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go: 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; And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom Yahweh hath appointed out for my master’s son.
Then he goes onto tell them how he wasn’t even done praying yet when Rebekah came and fulfilled his very prayer in every way…
Gen 24:45-48 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. 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. 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. And I bowed down my head, and worshipped Yahweh, and blessed Yahweh God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter unto his son.
He left nothing out. He told it all. He explained his prayer, her answering it, and how he blessed Yahweh. He didn’t hold anything back, but explained it plainly for them. He basically laid it all out before them.
Then he dropped the question…will they give Rebekah to him to take back to Isaac, or not? He wanted to know if he had to look elsewhere. What was their decision going to be? Can you imagine their heads swimming? It wasn’t exactly a lot to think about…not!!!!
Gen 24:49 And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.
They listened quietly to him, and then gave him their answer…
Gen 24:50-51 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from Yahweh: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good. Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master’s son’s wife, as Yahweh hath spoken.
They recognized that Yahweh was in the midst of this and had orchestrated it all. They were peaceful in knowing that it was His will, and who were they to go against it?
Again I smile when I see this servants response…
Gen 24:52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped Yahweh, bowing himself to the earth.
He acknowledged Yahweh throughout the entire process. Each time Yahweh answered his prayers, he stopped and worshiped Yahweh. This gives us a little insight as to who this man truly was…is it any wonder why Abraham trusted him with such a delicate matter as this?
Here is when it gets a little bit harder for Rebekah’s family. I’m sure up to this point, they were thrilled! Yahweh was blessing their daughter with a godly husband…they didn’t know him, but if this servant said anything, he was going to be a worthy man for their daughter. I mean, isn’t a righteous man what our parents long for us to have? From what they have heard, Yahweh has really worked on behalf of their daughter and they were happy for her!
But wait…what was this man saying the very next morning???
Gen 24:54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.
Okay, they understand this is all of Yahweh. Of that, they don’t question. But send her away the very next day???? They haven’t had any time with her! They just got shocking news that she was leaving for good, to marry this man’s master’s son…but now he was asking them to not have any time to adjust to the idea or prepare her in any way?
I can certainly understand their response to this request! Her mother and brother wanted some time with her!
Gen 24:55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.
They weren’t asking for much. They just wanted a little over a week with her, then they would let her go. It wasn’t like they were going against Yahweh’s will…they were giving her to Isaac…but was it wrong to want to spend just a little bit more time with her??? Let’s read what the servants response was…
Gen 24:56 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing Yahweh hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.
He wanted to get back to his master and he didn’t want to be detained from carrying out his charge one minute longer. It was now or never.
I can just picture their thoughts….they knew it is Yahweh’s will for her to marry Isaac, but I can picture them putting this to her, thinking that she would never agree to going so quickly! I mean, she was up and leaving everything and everyone, with no hope of ever seeing them again! She hadn’t even adjusted to this idea of going with a complete stranger…to marry a complete stranger! She hadn’t gotten to share the news of her upcoming marriage with anyone, I’m sure, as she was just told herself the night before and they had just gotten up. She had no time to prepare someone to take over her chores and routines…she had no time to prepare anything. Surely she wouldn’t agree to this…
Gen 24:57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
Rebekah had a choice to go right away. They didn’t force her to go, in fact, from the previous verses we can see that they didn’t even want her to go so soon. But let’s see what happens…
Gen 24:58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.
They asked Rebekah if she would go right then and there with this man and we see Rebekah’s response… “I will go”.
But girls, I want you to think about this response. What would your response be, if you were just told last night that this complete stranger had asked your parents if you could go back to his country and marry his boss’s son, they had given you their permission and now the very next morning (this morning) this man is asking even more of you…he wants you to leave right now! He isn’t going to give you a day longer with your family. He isn’t going to give you time to even say goodbye to your friends. He isn’t going to give you time to sew or prepare anything. He is asking you to go, right then and there, with the hope of never seeing them again (and from scripture, it would seem to say that she never did). What would your response be?
Rebekah was prepared. She wanted to follow Yahweh’s leading in her life. She saw this was Yahweh’s will, so she willingly forsook all and left all, to follow him.
Now I want to compare this to Yahshua. I started off by saying that it correlates a great deal with our marriage to the Lamb of God…Yahshua. Let me try sharing why I believe this is so.
Mat 10:37-39 says, He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
There have been many people that have made excuses after excuses why they could not follow Yahshua…some said it was because of family, some because there was a death in the family, others because of various reasons. But few, like Rebekah, forsake all to follow after him. Yahshua says that if we are not willing to put him first and foremost in our lives, we are not worthy of him. He wants and needs to be first in our lives. We have to be willing to follow him to the ends of the world. My question to you is, are you willing? Are you, if called to do so, willing to leave everything behind, to follow him? Are you willing to follow him at all costs?
The story continues with her family sending her off with a beautiful blessing…
Gen 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
Wow! What a precious blessing! Be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gates of those which hate them! And we can see that Yahweh truly has answered this very prayer. Rebekah is indeed the precious mother of thousands of millions! And her children do possess the gates of those which hate them.
The story continues with them traveling and meeting Isaac in the field, as he was meditating there. I can only imagine how Isaac must have, like the servant, worshiped Yahweh who had been so faithful to them and poured out his love upon him upon hearing all that had transpired. Hearing about who his wife was, I’m sure richly blessed him, for he truly did have an amazing wife. Is it any wonder that Isaac loved Rebekah and how Yahweh used this amazing woman to comfort him after losing his precious mother?
Yes, I truly treasure the wonderful example Rebekah has left us. If I could only be half the woman that Sarah and Rebekah were! How it makes me want to reach for new, higher heights! To become the servant that she was, to love like she loved, to have the character that she indeed had. To trust Yahweh, like this woman trusted him! We can learn so very, very much from Rebekah’s story and example. Let’s not just simply read scripture, but ponder just what it is telling us.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this passage and what it has taught you. What have you learned from Rebekah’s life?