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,
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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