Genesis 24:2-4,6-9,12-14 Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, but you will go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac”… Then Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there! “The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there. “But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there.” So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter… He said, “O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham. “Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.”

The culture of the times of Abraham might seem so bizarre to us today but it was the culture of the land and we therefore need to appreciate it and understand what God is speaking to us through it.

Marriage was not just a relationship between a man and woman but between two families and there was much at play including establishing credentials, sharing wealth, rightful celebrations, etc.

The head servant of Abraham’s household was more like the estate manager who oversaw everything Abraham owned and he was the senior-most staff in any household, much like Daniel was to become.

The question I had was why did the head servant ask God to reveal the right woman because of watering the camels and him?

Abraham realized it was time to find his son Isaac a bride and knew that he needed to find the right girl among his own rather than from the people of the land he now resided in because it was God’s instruction to him.

The head servant obeyed and used wisdom in going to the well to find Isaac’s wife. His request of God was to ensure that the wife of Isaac would be a caring woman who laid her comforts aside to help others and in so doing would be a loving and serving wife to his master Isaac.

The well was obviously a public facility used by the residents of the village and its water was common to all. Amazing how Jesus sat by the well and asked a woman who came to draw water to supply Him water to drink, knowing fully well that the woman was a Samaritan who did not associate with Jews.

The women who came to the well were there out of necessity and their response to a question that both the head servant and Jesus asked was evidence of their state of heart because it was not easy to draw the water and then to carry it all the way back home only to return back for more.

If they offered the water, it meant more work for them and in this story, it was not just water for the head servant but even for his ten camels! Rebekah certainly had a serving and loving heart and God answered the prayers of Abraham and the head servant in a wonderful way to ensure that Abraham’s obedience would be greatly rewarded.

I am reminded again today about how when we obey God, He rewards our obedience in ways we can never be grateful enough for. All God wants is that we follow His will for our lives obediently with the comfort of knowing that no matter what, He has our lives safe in His loving hands and neither death nor suffering can take us away from Him.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

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Comments
  1. tonirand says:

    Amazing how God puts the answers in places we don’t expect. His ways are indeed higher than our ways.

    I like the way you connect both stories. God had arranged an appointment for both women but they had no clue. Obedience led them to their reward.

    O that I would trust Him fully in everything even when it doesn’t add up.

    Blessings
    ann

    • ServantBoy says:

      Ann,
      I love the way you pick these threads and present it back with such meaning. I do it only through the leading of the Holy Spirit but given my intellect, I highly doubt I will get it. The question asked of them without any pre-empting was done with obvious intent to solicit the response from within and I wonder how I would respond? I would treat the ones testing me with the response of this world rather than humble myself and put any strain on my comfort or add to my discomfort. God seriously needs to work in me 😦
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Debbie says:

    Vineet, I love your posts on obedience. Recently I’ve talked with a friend who is going through various trials. That’s hard, and then she wonders if God is unhappy at her for not doing what He wants her to. You know me, I could only encourage her that He loves her and even if she isn’t doing everything He wants her to this moment, that He will give her more chances and will accomplish all He has planned for her and through her. The next week when I talked to her, there were positive answers/outcomes in 3 areas of trials. 🙂 Obedience draws me closer to Him, and that’s where I want to be. God bless you!

  3. ServantBoy says:

    Deb,
    Like I have always said to you, your spiritual gifting is in being an encourager. You do not have to give the answers or be wise in the word but the caring heart that you have which exudes Christ’s love is what soothes the most pained soul. It is wonderful to see how people are attracted to you and how you point them to the source of perfect love. Praise God that your friend saw hope in Christ and I praise God for placing you so wonderfully in her life. Thank you dear encourager for always being there to encourage the many of us who need the encouragement. May God bless you richly as you continue to serve Him.
    In Christ,
    Vineet

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