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Genesis 4.1 - 28

posted 17 Feb 2014, 05:20 by Ben@theorderoftheblacksheep.com
Abraham was now very old. He had seen many years come and go. The Eternal One had blessed his life in every imaginable way. One day, Abraham spoke to his oldest and most-trusted servant, the man in charge of all his affairs.

Abraham: Put your hand here underneath my thigh. Swear by the Eternal One, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not arrange for my son to marry any of the Canaanite daughters here where I am living. Instead promise me you will go to my own country and my own relatives to find a wife for my son Isaac.

Servant: But what if the woman is not willing to follow me here to this unfamiliar land? Do you want me then to take Isaac back to your homeland?

Abraham: Absolutely not! Isaac’s future is here. Do not take my son back there. The Eternal One, the God of heaven, the God who led me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth long ago, the God who spoke to me and swore to me, “I am going to give this land to your future generations”—that God will send His messenger to guide and help you find a wife for my son from there. If for some reason the woman is not willing to follow you, then I free you from the obligation of my oath. But you must never take my son back there!

The trusted servant took the oath, holding in his hand Abraham’s power to give life. He swore to do what his master required.

This solemn oath, sworn with the servant’s hand beneath Abraham’s thigh, binds the servant to carry out the request.

10 Then the servant gathered together 10 of his master’s camels and left, taking all kinds of valuable gifts from his master to give to his relatives. He traveled all the way to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor. 11 Outside of the city, he made the camels kneel down by a well of water to rest after the long journey. It was nearly dusk, the time when all of the women were coming out to draw water from the well. 12 He said a prayer.

Servant: O Eternal One, God of my master Abraham, please make me successful today and show Your loyal love to my master Abraham. 13 You see that I am standing here by the spring as the young women of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the girl to whom I say, “Please dip your jar in the water that I may drink,” and who will reply, “Drink, and I will draw water for your camels”—let her be the one You have chosen to be a wife for Your servant Isaac. When You do this, I will know of Your loyal love for my master.

15 Before he could finish his prayer, it happened that Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel (Milcah’s and Nahor’s son—Nahor, you remember, was Abraham’s brother) approached the spring with her water jar on her shoulder. 16 She was a very beautiful girl and still a virgin. No man had ever touched her. He watched her go down to the spring, fill her jar, and come back up the hill. 17 The servant wasted no time; he ran down to meet her.

Servant: Please let me have a little water to drink from your jar.

Rebekah: 18 Drink, my lord.

She quickly lowered her jar onto her hand and tipped it for him to drink. 19 After she had finished giving him water, she offered to do more.

Rebekah: I’ll draw some water for your camels too. I’ll make sure they drink all they need.

20 She quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw more water. She continued to draw water until all of the camels had drunk their fill. 21 The man gazed at her in silence, waiting and wondering if she was the one the Eternal One in tended for Isaac, the one who would make his journey a success. 22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out from his things a gold nose ring weighing about a fifth of an ounce, plus two gold bracelets for her arms weighing four ounces.

Servant: 23 Please tell me, whose daughter are you? Is there any room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?

Rebekah: 24 I am the daughter of Bethuel (son of Milcah, Nahor’s wife). 25 We have plenty of straw and feed for your camels and also space for you to spend the night.

26 The servant bowed his head and worshiped the Eternal One.

Servant: 27 Blessed be the Eternal One, the God of my master Abraham, who has not failed to show His loyal love and faithfulness to my master, for the Eternal has led me directly to the house of my master’s relatives.

28 The girl ran ahead and told her mother’s household everything that had happened.