Please tell me, is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night? Bible Gateway Recommends. But look at the servant standing by. If you are a Christian, where are you in this story of Abraham sending his servant to get a bride for his son Isaac? It is perhaps juxtaposed with the word “to run” (Hb. Contact Us. How beautifully that portrays how God, at the Day of Pentecost, sent his Spirit into the world! We must turn them to look at the one who is winning their hearts, and say, "There he is, it's the Master. I don't know who God is working with, but I know that he will direct me through ways of which I am hardly conscious. The fifth and last state is the actual invitation: And he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. 66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. “This is the Lord’s doing. You may not have heard of the term before but it shows up in many different areas. All rights reserved. Can't you imagine him grinning from ear to ear, registering the joy in his heart at the fulfillment of his mission in bringing a bride for Isaac. Why? As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master's relatives. The term could mean “thinking;” it could carry the idea of “walking around;” it could mean, “praying;” or it could mean, “grieving.” John Peter Lange et al., A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Genesis (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2008), 487. The work of the Trinity is evident throughout this story. 1234 Fulkerson Rd Niles, MI 49120 (269) 683-7880. email@example.com. I said to my master, 'Perhaps the woman will not follow me.' They are written to teach us something, and, therefore, we don't want to miss this. Abraham said to him, "You must not take my son back there. Please notice that the responsibility here is emphasized by the restriction given to the servant. But very likely he does have someone. Verses 10-28. The spotlight of the story really follows Abraham's servant. As we apply this to our own situation and see God the Father standing in the place of Abraham here, he is asking every servant to give himself to this task. Nor will he do it in any other way. When they got up the next morning, he said, "Send me on my way to my master. This is true of this story of Rebekah and Isaac. The answer is that this is not just an ordinary incident: This is divinely planned, and is intended to exemplify a truth. Because this word only occurs here in the Hebrew, it’s meaning in the context is uncertain. It does seem strange that although it would make the process of courtship so much simpler, he definitely restricts Isaac from going. Then I trust that the man who sits down beside me may be that man, or the one in front of me, or the one behind me. He said, "Are you Rebekah?" Genesis 24:50-67 HERE COMES THE BRIDE Abraham is 140 & Isaac is 40. He does not go into this land, and say to himself, "Well now, the whole job is up to me. But remember, the Spirit of God chooses to do his work largely through men and women, through the believers, through the church, through those of us who are his. When I get aboard a plane or train or go someplace where I may be in contact with someone who doesn't know the Lord, I ask God to indicate who is the one he wants me to talk with. (51) Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master's son, as the Lord has directed. God has said, not only in the typical fashion we see here, but, in direct statements in the Word of God, again and again, in a most solemn form, that the obligation rests upon a believer to give himself to the task of reaching others for Jesus Christ. 7 "The LORD, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father's household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, 'To your offspring I will give this land'-he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there. 17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, "Please give me a little water from your jar.". You deal with him now, just talk directly with him. All of her life she has been the protected jewel of that household. That is the obvious thing to do. "He is my master," the servant answered. It records the conversation between Abraham and the servant, the servant and Rebekah, and Laban and the servant with Rebekah. 24:54-58 RSV), There is the invitation, the altar call if you please. Finally, in the last scene, we see the communion with the son. 29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he hurried out to the man at the spring. (1-4) Abraham sends out a servant to seek out a bride for his son. ", 24 She answered him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milcah bore to Nahor." Instead, he wisely arranges for private conversation allowing sufficient time to make a proper contact. The Importance of Praying for your family. God provides a spouse, directs our paths, and honors faithful prayer. He is the central character. This means that he was probably around 140. The theme of the Covenant runs through this passage. Now Jehovah had blessed Abraham in all things. Once there was a young couple who decided to get married. His whole purpose of coming into your life and mine is that he might be what he is, and do what he came to do. When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, "I will draw for your camels also, until they have done drinking." And she said, "I will go.". (Genesis 24:34-53 RSV). And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Still another view is that the Bethuel mentioned in Genesis 24:50 was a younger brother of Laban, the father Bethuel being indeed dead. The thing is Abraham commanded he find the woman from his hometown of Ur or Mesopotamia and to be sure his son does not marry a woman of Canaan. It is revolutionary, disturbing, upsetting. (Gen 24:50-53) The family agrees to give Rebekah to Isaac. It reveals to us the inadequacy of man without God. It is somewhat confirmed by the statement of Josephus that, "Rebekah told him (the servant) that, `They call me Rebekah; my father was Bethuel, but he is dead'." We can expect the same brimming of joy in our own hearts as we watch someone join together with his Lord in new life. I wish we would learn this lesson about our own witness. It begins with the command of the Father, proceeds with the cooperation of the Spirit, and ends with the communion with the Son. She got off her camel, all a twitter inside. Then he said, "I'm Isaac." Retail: $17.99. The maiden was very fair to look upon, a virgin, whom no man had known. Our Lord Jesus is the one dwelling within, and we are told what he came to do. Sermons Series: Genesis 24-50: God's Faithfulness to Broken People. He doesn't brashly chasten her with the Lord's wrath and scare her away, as we sometimes do. How am I going to do that?". 24:22-27 RSV). God has said, "Take a wife for my son." She put her veil over her face so he wouldn't see how she was blushing. Genesis 24 constitutes an expansive narrative regarding the quest of finding a wife for Isaac. 3:21), or it can mean “loins” (Ex. Biblical Commentary Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 EXEGESIS: GENESIS 23-24. The character of Laban has been well explained by Blunt in his ' Coincidences.' "Is this the one, Lord?" 1. The passage is narrative. Then Joseph fell on his father’s face, and wept over him, and kissed him. He requests to be dismissed, Genesis 24:54-56. We are almost at the close of our study in the life of Abraham as we look in Chapter 24 of Genesis. If we are expecting God to show us someone to talk with, he will indicate to us whom he has prepared. All rights reserved. 24:1-9). Gen. 24:1-67. The servant leaves nothing out, but is forthright and candid. This was a solemn oath. You can expect wonderful experiences to happen if you begin to watch for God to work through you like this, alert for the indication of the Spirit at work. ", Then Laban and Bethuel answered, "The thing comes from the Lord; we cannot speak to you bad or good. 25 And she added, "We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night. Why do I mention all these things? She was very shy and he very reserved. There are five stages pictured here in what happens when you or I go out to reach someone for Christ: Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor. [There was a reluctance here to let her go.] Book Series. 24:35-49 – The servant describes his journey in detail for Bethuel, Laban, and Rebekah’s “household (24:29). ", 55 But her brother and her mother replied, "Let the girl remain with us ten days or so; then you may go. As for me, the Lord has led me in the way to the house of my master's kinsmen." Yet despite this general application, we don't want to lose the individual application of these stories. I think this is a very important step. Let the maiden to whom I shall say, 'Pray let down your jar that I may drink,' and who shall say, 'Drink, and I will water your camels' -- let her be the one whom thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac. When the time came I boarded my plane, and sat down in the most comfortable seat to wait for the take-off. The lectionary chooses to only include selections of this chapter, but the preacher would be well served to consider the whole of the narrative. God does not send Jesus visibly back to earth in order to win the church. 19 After she had given him a drink, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking." And according to the account, the Lord shook his head and said, "Well, I have no other plan.". Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the LORD has directed.” Read verse in New International Version First of all, he prays, revealing his expectation that God is at work. In his simple prayer he asks God to make the way clear, to indicate the one to whom God would have him speak. Abraham buried her in a cave near Hebron, in the land of Canaan where they lived. And after that, I must persuade her to come. 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; but you shall go to my father's house and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son.' Straw and fodder were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet. It is not an easy choice that she is asked to make. These stories become luminous in their illustration of New Testament events and truths. “laqach”) occurs 14 times in the passage with reference to the one whom the servant should “take” or “not take” as a wife for Isaac. ', 42 "When I came to the spring today, I said, 'O LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come. We need to recognize that the invitation we give to men and women to become Christians is not an easy choice. Abraham has secured land for his family’s future and now is concerned to provide a wife for his son, Isaac, through whom the Covenant would continue. Genesis 24:50 Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is from the LORD; we have no choice in the matter. Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. Sermons. See Genesis 24:1-4 (printed below) Abraham was old, and well advanced in years. 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, "Will you go with this man?" The Lord brought the two together. It also explains the reference to him “lifting up his eyes to see her.”. 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. She said, "Yes," and dropped her eyes. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. ***** Sermon on Genesis 29:1-30 ***** By: Rev. Genesis 24 This chapter tells a romance in Old Testament setting. 24:14 – The servant’s specific request to reveal the Lord’s will was honored by the Lord. (1-3) Jacob is embalmed and mourned. Then the servant … This, I think, is the missing note in much personal evangelism. The fourth step is the presentation itself. Significance of the words, “take,” “walk,” and “run” dominate the passage. So the physicians embalmed Israel. 57 Then they said, "Let's call the girl and ask her about it." ", 26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD, 27 saying, "Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. If you read this chapter through carefully, you will find that the central character is not the bride, Rebekah. Her brother and her mother said, "Let the maiden remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go." Commentary on Genesis 24:10-28 (Read Genesis 24:10-28) Abraham's servant devoutly acknowledged God. Sometimes we invent these signs in our own mind and use them as an excuse for not doing any witnessing. 2 He said to the chief servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, "Put your hand under my thigh. Genesis. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. 1. Isaac - God the Son, the servant - the Holy Spirit & Rebekah - Church. It is a picture of Pentecost. 10 Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and left, taking with him all kinds of good things from his master. (Gen 24:50-51) This is from the Lord; we can do nothing to you one way or the other. Genesis 29:1-30 "A Deceiver Deceived" Introduction I want to talk about equivalence this morning. 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 swore to me, 'To your descendants I will give this land,' he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. She said to him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor." He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, menservants and maidservants, and camels and donkeys. Then I asked her, 'Whose daughter are you?' They said, "We will call the maiden, and ask her." 1. They have recognized this is a command, but then they go out acting as though it all depends upon them. Perhaps an invitation to dinner is better than just leaning over the back fence and trying to give the gospel in five minutes. It is not an easy choice that she is asked to make. [Note: Wenham, Genesis 16-50, pp142-43, 146.] And the servant brought forth jewelry of silver and of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments. The work of reaching men and women for Christ is not a matter of human persuasion, but is a divine call. 6 "Make sure that you do not take my son back there," Abraham said. These words of Laban and Bethuel in response to the story of Abraham’s servant capture the major preoccupation of this story—attending to the leading and activity of God.