Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Genesis Chapter 24


In this chapter the Servant represents the Holy Spirit. In Genesis 15:2 The unnamed servant is named Eliezer which means God of help. That is a picture of the Holy Spirit!

Verses 1-9

Abraham asks his servant to find Isaac a wife because he did not want him to marry a local Canaanite woman.

The servant put his hand under Abrahams thigh. (Remember this is the Middle East 4000 years ago and this was a custom in taking an oath which meant “may my seed do harm to you if you don’t keep this oath).

The mission of the servant (Holy Spirit) is to get the Bride (the Church).

Vs 8 The bride will have a choice.

Verses 10-14

The servant loaded 10 camels and gifts and went to Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor. Approximately 550 miles away. (About a 2 month journey)

The servant prayed for help to find the right woman for Isaac.

His prayer, Let the young woman to whom I shall say, Please let down your jar that I may drink, and who shall say, Drink, and I will water your camels be the one who should marry Isaac. (He is praying for the right character  in the bride he picks for Isaac)

Verses 15-27

Before finishing his prayer Rebekah came to the spring for water.

The servant asked her for a drink and she offered to water his camels.

His prayer was answered and he gave her gifts of gold.

Rebekah invited him to her father Bethuel’s house.

The servant bowed his head and worshiped.

Verses 28-49

Rebekah shared with her family what happened.

Rebekah’s brother Laban welcomed the servant and took care of the camels.

The servant explained the purpose of his journey there to Bethuel.

Bethuel gave  Rebekah permission to leave with the servant and marry Isaac.

When the servant heard their words, he worshipped.

Rebekah made the choice to go.

The next morning they both began their journey back to Canaan.

Verses 62-67

Rebekah marries Isaac and he loved her.

Rebekah is a picture of the church and the church is called the bride of Christ.

The servant is a great example of a life with prayer and worship through this chapter.

Rebekah was beautiful but more importantly she had a  kind heart and a servant’s attitude. She demonstrated that by her willingness to give a drink to the servant and giving water to the servants camels. 

The servant wanted to find a wife for Isaac with good character demonstrated by her willingness to be kind.  

Her family asked her if she wanted to leave with the servant and marry Isaac.  She had faith in God and said, I will go.

We have choices in our own life to be kind, to serve others and serve God. Kindness  isn’t always popular but it is so needed today. 

There are so many around us who are struggling with disorders, stress, depression, trauma, etc. We need to be considerate of others around us because that is what we are called to do. 

Take time each day to love those around us in our families, in our schools, work and passing by. It may make the difference in someone’s life who is suffering when we are not even aware. 

Be kind, serve others and be willing to  do above and beyond to make this a better world for those around us. It’s our choice to make a difference!

Like Rebekah, God is preparing us for greater things!