Providence in Particulars – Genesis 24

Providence in Particulars!
Gen. 24
Well, I know you all enjoy a great story. And the only story that can top a great story is a great story inspired by God for us in the Bible.
That’s what we have before us in Genesis 24.
One of the recurring thoughts that has been banging around in my mind in an increasing manner is this- we live in a messed-up world.
And the daily news tells us, it’s not getting better.
Everywhere we look, people suppress the truth in ungodly living. There’s not only materialism and greed but immorality, perversion, and attack against the moral absolutes of God’s Word.
And so many churches and those who call themselves Christians have washed out and compromised the gospel.
Prophets of doom warn that most of the younger generation will leave the church during their college years never to return
Will there be a future for God’s people?
Will our children and grandchildren remain in the place of God’s blessing?
When it seems God’s promises may come to a dead end, He wants us to take confidence in His providential leading.
For no matter how challenging life becomes for us as God’s people in the world, we can be sure that He will faithfully lead us in His victory.
That’s the faith-bolstering message he wants to capture our hearts from Genesis 24.
A brief introduction is in order. This is the longest chapter in Genesis and one of the longest in the Bible.
It’s a heart-warming love story that that has a purpose bigger than meets the eye- it showcases our God’s powerful providential leading!
Would you pray with me that God will honor His name and change our lives through our time before us in His Word?
Father, take now we pray Your Word, the
Sword of the Spirit and magnify Your name.
We ask that we will not only be amazed at
what You show us but that we would be in
awe of You and worship You in yielded lives.
Cause Your truth to take root downward and
bear fruit upward in our lives for Your glory
we pray, amen.
Well as we come to Genesis 24, we bear in
mind what Abraham has recently faced- the
loss of his precious wife Sarah. Yet even in
that, God brought consolation to his heart in
his acquisition of Machpelah.
For God gave him that burial sight as his own
land- a foretaste of the entire land of Promise in
Canaan.
So it is, Abraham sees God’s hand of
blessing on his life. In fact, that’s the focus as
chapter 24 begins. There in the opening
verse we are given the 1. Context 1
“Now Abraham was old, advanced in age;
and the LORD had blessed Abraham in
every way.”
Abraham is definitely up there in years.
In fact, we have a great clue how old he is.
Because Genesis 25:20 tells us Isaac was
40 when the big event of our chapter here
took place. That makes Abraham 140 years
old!
Well, the big thing for a believer isn’t how long
you live but how well you live spiritually.
Missionary martyr Jim Elliott put it this way in
his prayer, “I seek not a long life but a full
one like you Lord Jesus.”
Well, Abraham had enjoyed a life full of
God’s blessing.
What a commentary Moses makes on his
life, “the LORD had blessed Abraham….
Brief sidebar- that wonderful name, “the
LORD,” turns up 17x in this chapter.
Friends, that shows us God is the main
character, the orchestrator, the hero!
Yet, God didn’t just bless Abraham. He
blessed him, we are told, “in every way.”
In his marriage, in his work, in his
relationships with difficult people like Lot, and
in giving him his promised son, Isaac!
This was all part of God’s fulfillment of his
promise to bless Abraham.
But now this man of God, in the final
chapters of his life, encounters another great
challenge: his son Isaac now a grown man
has no wife!
And here’s why this would weigh on
Abraham. No wife for Isaac means no
grandchildren for Abraham that would
continue the promised line!
In other words, if Isaac doesn’t find a bride,
then Abraham would never have
descendants like the dust of the earth or
stars in the sky.
It would be a dead end in God’s promise and
plan. Well, there’s an urgent need, and God
is working in Abraham’s heart. So, follow
now what happens in the
2. Commission 2-9 Second verse:
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, 3 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.”
Abraham chooses a man whom he can fully
trust to carry out his wishes.
It’s his oldest and trustworthy servant who well
may be Eliezer who you remember from
chapter 12. He was the one whom Abraham
had suggested to God to be his heir, but God
made it clear it would be Isaac.
Abraham had put this servant in charge of all
his possessions. And now he’s asking him to
make an oath. Three keys to note here:
First, it was extremely personal. In our
society people make an oath by placing their
hand on a Bible or raising their right hand.
But not in the O.T. era. For in the Hebrew
mindset, the thigh or loins were considered
the source of posterity. The word “my thigh”
is yereke which is from the same root word
as the term “descendants” (yereko)- Gen.
46:26).
“Descendants”, yereko lint her original
literally means “those coming out of his
body.”
So Abraham here calls for an symbolic
touch that would show his faith in what God
had already told him, “In your seed all the
nations of the earth shall be blessed”
Gen. 22:18.
That oath he calls for was also powerful. For
he asks his servant to swear by the greatest
power of all: “the LORD, the God of heaven
and the God of earth!”
Personal, powerful, and thirdly the prohibition
of the oath:
Servant, don’t get a wife for Isaac from
among our Canaanite neighbors!
Let’s face it. It would have been a piece of
cake for Abraham or the servant to find a cute
Canaanite girl as a bride for Isaac.
And it could have put Isaac in a good place
with greater status and military alliances.
But we know what Abraham knows. The
Canaanites, descendants of Ham, did not
love or fear God. Instead they were given
over to idolatry and paganism.
And wise Abraham would not do what would
risk Isaac being wooed away from God.
What an appropriate time for us to remember
the N.T. command that echoes God’s heart
of concern. “Do not be bound together
with unbelievers; for what partnership
have righteousness and lawlessness, or
what fellowship has light with darkness?
15 Or what harmony has Christ with
Belial, or what has a believer in common
with an unbeliever?” 2 Cor. 6:14–
16
From the beginning of redemptive history,
God has called His people to be distinct from
unbelievers. And that includes a refusal to
marry one who is unsaved.
Children, singles, mark it well. Never think it
would be OK and work out to marry one who
isn’t a Christian. No, that’s a slippery slope
that will dishonor God and cause you much
pain.
So, look where Abraham wants his servant to
find a bride for Isaac. Verse 4: “but you will
go to my country and to my relatives, and
take a wife for my son Isaac.”
Wow! That’s nearly 500 miles away! The
servant processes what his master is asking
him to do than asks a valid question. Verse 5:
“Suppose the woman is not willing to
follow me to this land; should I take your
son back to the land from where you
came?”
Good point! What if the woman who seemed
like “Mrs. Right” for Isaac refuses to come all
the way here to Canaan and marry Isaac?
What if she chooses to stay there in Haran
with familiar family and friends.
“In that case, Abraham, would it be OK if I
take Isaac there to Mesopotamia?”
Without missing a beat, Abraham tells him,
(v. 6) “Beware that you do not take my
son back there!”
Abraham’s emphatic! He’s saying, “Not on
your life. Never, ever dare take Isaac with
you there.”
Here’s why Abraham so adamantly insists
that Isaac not be taken there. He knows
God’s promise and was banking on that.
Look at his explanation in verse 7: “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.”
Abraham lives convinced of God’s specific
promise. He knows the land God had given
him and his descendants was Canaan.
And he therefore instills in his servant
confidence that the angel of the Lord would
lead him on this mission to get a wife from
Haran for Isaac. That’s the preincarnate
Jesus Christ!
Now let’s recall, Abraham has received
information about some of his relatives still
living in Haran. Remember from Genesis
22:23 he came to learn about his brother
Nahor and his children and grandchildren.
And he knows their names!
In answer to the servant’s good question he
adds, verse 8: “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.” 9 So the servant placed
his hand under the thigh of Abraham his
master, and swore to him concerning this
matter.”
Abraham pleads for the servant to solemnly
swear this oath which he then does.
The only loophole being “If she refuses to
follow you back here, then you have done all
you could do. But even if that happens, don’t
dare take my son back there!”
With that charge ringing in the servant’s ears,
prepares for the challenging mission:
2. Challenge 10-27 Verse 10: “Then the
servant took ten camels from the camels
of his master, and set out with a variety of
good things of his master’s in his hand;
and he arose and went to Mesopotamia,
to the city of Nahor.”
He takes 10 camels, the one-humped
Dromedaries loaded with provisions and
gifts. That represents quite a caravan
traveling for many weeks.
The servant and the men with him would
have headed north up the Jordan Valley all
the way past Damascus and then around the
Fertile Crescent crossing the Euphrates and
to the destination in Mesopotamia.
This is believed to be Aram Naharaim. It’s
translated as “between 2 rivers” (in the
Septuagine), which would be the Tigris and
Euphrates rivers.
Nahor, the noted city, we presume, was
named after Abraham’s brother Nahor.
Now here’s where the drama builds. V. 11
“He made the camels kneel down outside
the city by the well of water at evening
time, the time when women go out to
draw water.”
He’s using sanctified sense. If you are
looking for bride for someone as a
matchmaker like he was, you do well to look
where there are women!
But he’s not just trying to engineer it by his
own savvy. Notice that he prays, v. 1:
“He said, ‘O LORD, the God of my master
Abraham, please grant me success today,
and show lovingkindness to my master
Abraham.’ ”
What a beautiful statement! God, would you
give me success by showing lovingkindness
to my master?
Friends, here we see unselfish prayer.
Success for him means that not he but
Abraham receives God’s lovingkindness!
That’s hesed one of the most important
words in the O.T. Hesed, lovingkindness, is
God’s merciful and unfailing love. It’s what
caused brokenhearted Jeremiah to see
straight every morning with great hope:
“The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed
never cease, for His compassions never
fail. 23 They are new every morning; great
is Your faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22–23
That’s what we should be praying, that not
just we, but others also, will constantly recall
to mind.
That’s how that servant spelled success.
“God cause my master to experience your
lovingkindness by giving his son a wife!”
Now that’s the key question in this entire
story- “whether or not the Lord would make
this mission successful or not.”
That’s why we will see it brought up 4 more
times in verses 21, 40, 42, 56!
Now be amazed at what the servant then
says to God in his prayer: Verse 13:
“Behold, I am standing by the spring, and
the daughters of the men of the city are
coming out to draw water; 14 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 (watch, here it is again) by this I
will know that You have shown
lovingkindness to my master.”
Friends, the more we learn of this servant the
more we see he has a huge heart of faith like
his master Abraham. No doubt, God had
shaped this man’s life through all the years in
Abraham’s home.
What he prays does not presume on God.
He’s just asking God to clearly show him the
right girl for Isaac. Remember, he doesn’t
have what God has given us to guide us-
God’s personal word in written form!
Don’t miss the key item at the top of his
servant’s checklist for a bride.
It’s not her personality, her looks, the way
she dresses, nor if she’s sophisticated or
intelligent. He doesn’t say, “God, the girl that
seems to be a lot of fun and like to do the
things that Isaac does…” may she be the
one. Not at all.
The servant asks that the right girl would be
considerate in keeping the cultural etiquette.
It was the expectation that water should be
given to a thirsty traveler.
But he goes WAY beyond that it what was
never expected.
God may the right girl provide water from a
well for all my 10 camels! Now you need to
realize how off the charts this condition is.
Camels after a long trek could drink a
massive amount of water. When a typical
thirsty camel needs to tank up, it can chug
down 53 gallons of water! That’s more than
double what most of us put in our cars when
we have to gas up!
So, it would take a most unusual and fit
young lady to volunteer to provide over 500
gallons of water from a well for 10 camels!
And remember, she’s not using a garden
hose. She has to lower her jar into a well.
We are told that ancient jars used to transport
water from wells would typically hold no more
than 3 gallons (that’s 24 pounds).
So, it works out to be over 4,000 pounds of
water transported over 150 different trips with
her jar. That amounts to literally tons of hard
work, would have lasted hours for that young
lady!
Now that’s probably the first time in his life the
servant gets to watch someone else doing all
the work- he’s takings mental notes to see if
she passes the character test!
So, if we don’t have our eyes on the God of
the impossible, then we have to be thinking,
“Fat chance, Mr. Servant. No girl in her right
mind is going to volunteer to water all your
camels!”
Yet then we think of what David a thousand
years later prayed, “On the day I called
you answered me.” Psalm 138:3
So take in the surprise of verse 15: “Before
he had finished speaking, behold,
Rebekah who was born to Bethuel the
son of Milcah, the wife of Abraham’s
brother Nahor, came out with her jar on
her shoulder.
This gives us a sneak peek into her identity
though the servant doesn’t yet know she’s a
distant relative of Abraham!
By the way, did you notice how this girl is
carrying her jar for water? On her shoulder.
This detail shows wonderful accuracy as
does every detail of Scripture. For women in
Africa carry pitchers on their head but in the
Ancient Near East they carried them on their
shoulders.
Look at what else distinguishes this young
lady. V. 16: “The girl was very beautiful, a
virgin, and no man had had relations with
her; and she went down to the spring and
filled her jar and came up.”
This Rebekah was extremely beautiful and
was pure.
Why is the virtue of her being a virgin so
important? Because it assures us as readers
that her future children would be from Isaac
and not someone else!’
Well, the servant isn’t going to let her get
away. Watch at how he leaps into action.
v.17 “Then the servant ran to meet her,
and said, “Please let me drink a little
water from your jar.” 18 She said, ‘Drink,
my lord’; and she quickly lowered her jar
to her hand, and gave him a drink.”
So far, so good. Every second must have
seemed like an hour as the servant is
thinking, “Will she say more? Will she offer
to give water for my camels???”
I can imagine he is also praying, “God would
you make those camels look really thirsty,
prompt her to offer to give them all water?”
We find out in verse 19: “Now when she
had finished giving him a drink, she said,
‘I will draw also for your camels until they
have finished drinking.’ 20 So she
quickly emptied her jar into the trough,
and ran back to the well to draw, and she
drew for all his camels.”
Now watch the servant’s reaction, v. 21:
“Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in
silence, to know whether the LORD had
made his journey successful or not.”
You might be thinking, “she met the test.
Why is the servant still wondering if his
mission will be a success or not?”
Why doesn’t he congratulate her, “Young
lady. You are the one. You passed the test,
and I’m taking you with me to marry Isaac.”
Here’s why? He shows self-restraint. Yes,
he wisely shows caution not to presume and
be deceived by what he hopes is God’s will
for Isaac.
Remember, he has no cell phone to pick up
and text Abraham!!!
That servant knows it’s not over yet. For
even if it all seems too good to be true, he
knows his job isn’t done yet.
Observe what he then does: V. 22,
“When the camels had finished drinking,
the man took a gold ring weighing a halfshekel
and two bracelets for her wrists
weighing ten shekels in gold.”
This guy has come prepared. He doesn’t
have a gold ring to put on her finger- that
wasn’t the custom of the day. Instead, he has
a beautiful gold nose ring and solid gold
bracelets for each of her wrists.
He gives these costly gifts to her. A ½ shekel
or beka weighed 1/5 an ounce. So altogether
these would weigh over 4 ounces- worth more
than 5,000 dollars in today’s currency!
Here’s what’s remarkable: the servant has
not yet figured out if her family will let her go
or if she even desires to! He’s taking a big
step of faith!
Then he asks her 2 shrewd questions. Verse
23: “Whose daughter are you? Please tell
me, is there room for us to lodge in your
father’s house?”
And her answer would have thrilled his heart:
She said to him, “I am the daughter of
Bethuel, the son of Milcah, whom she bore
to Nahor.” 25 Again she said to him, “We
have plenty of both straw and feed, and
room to lodge in.”
Now he’s knows she’s the granddaughter of
Abraham’s brother which makes her what to
Abraham- his grandniece and Isaac’s second
cousin!
The servant also knows this young lady is
extremely hospitable. For she offers a place
to lodge for him and his camels.
Well all this overwhelms our servant friend.
And beloved, few people have ever seen the
providence of God so powerfully displayed
before their eyes!
Watch how he responds to it all: V. 26 “Then
the man bowed low and worshiped the
LORD. 27 He said, “Blessed be the LORD,
the God of my master Abraham, who has
not forsaken His lovingkindness and His
truth toward my master; as for me, the
LORD has guided me in the way to the
house of my master’s brothers.”
Rebekah, to whom he was just talking, is
watching and listening to his prayer.
And she hears from the lips of this servant
who is face down on the ground, praise and
worship to God.
How she would have listened as he thanked
God for showing lovingkindness to Abraham
and for guiding him as a servant to Rebekah!
Well, Rebekah’s heart must have been
beating with surprise and amazement.
Look at how we see unfold a great
4. Celebration 28-60 V. 28 “Then the girl
ran and told her mother’s household
about these things. 29 Now Rebekah had
a brother whose name was Laban; and
Laban ran outside to the man at the
spring.”
This all was big news to Rebekah’s family.
Rebekah’s father Bethuel, for some reason,
says almost nothing in this account. Perhaps
he was an invalid- we can’t be sure. But it’s
Laban, Rebekah’s brother, who takes the
lead in this situation. Of him we are told:
(v. 30) “When he saw the ring and the
bracelets on his sister’s wrists, and when
he heard the words of Rebekah his sister,
saying, ‘This is what the man said to me,’
he went to the man; and behold, he was
standing by the camels at the spring.
We will find out later in Genesis that Laban
shows no signs of godliness. He uses people
for his own gain. He liked all the gold that he
knew the stranger had given his sister. And
he says to him, (v. 31) “…come in, blessed
of the LORD! Why do you stand outside
since I have prepared the house, and a
place for the camels?” 32 So the man
entered the house. Then Laban unloaded
the camels, and he gave straw and feed to
the camels, and water to wash his feet
and the feet of the men who were with
him.”
Gracious hospitality was shown including a
meal that was served. But the servant has
something on his mind, (V. 33): “But when
food was set before him to eat, he said, “I
will not eat until I have told my business.”
And he said, ‘Speak on.”
Follow now the careful explanation of this man:
(v.34) So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.
35 “The LORD has greatly blessed my master,
so that he has become rich; and He has given
him flocks and herds, and silver and gold,
and servants and maids, and camels and
donkeys. 36 “Now Sarah my master’s wife
bore a son to my master in her old age, and
he has given him all that he has.
And now he shares about why he had come
to visit them:
(v. 37) “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 live; 38 but you shall go
to my father’s house and to my relatives,
and take a wife for my son.’
Watch how carefully he recalls and retells his
conversation with Abraham (v. 39) “I said to
my master, ‘Suppose the woman does not
follow me.’ 40 “He said to me, ‘The LORD,
before whom I have walked, will send His
angel with you to make your journey
successful, and you will take a wife for
my son from my relatives and from my
father’s house; 41 then you will be free
from my oath, when you come to my
relatives; and if they do not give her to
you, you will be free from my oath.’
All that was what took place with Abraham in
Hebron.
Now the next 7 verses closely parallel what
we have seen in verses 11-27.
It’s repeated so we more deeply appreciate
God’s providential leading:
V. 42 “So I came today to the spring, and
said, ‘O LORD, the God of my master
Abraham, if now You will make my
journey on which I go successful; 43
behold, I am standing by the spring, and
may it be that the maiden who comes out
to draw, and to whom I say, “Please let
me drink a little water from your jar”; 44
and she will say to me, “You drink, and I
will draw for your camels also”; let her be
the woman whom the LORD has appointed
for my master’s son.’ 45 “Before I had
finished speaking in my heart, behold,
Rebekah came out with her jar on her
shoulder, and went down to the spring
and drew, and I said to her, ‘Please let me
drink.’ 46 “She quickly lowered her jar
from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I
will water your camels also’; so I drank,
and she watered the camels also. 47
“Then I asked her, and said, ‘Whose
daughter are you?’ And she said, ‘The
daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom
Milcah bore to him’; and I put the ring on
her nose, and the bracelets on her wrists.
48 “And I bowed low and worshiped the
LORD, and blessed the LORD, the God of
my master Abraham, who had guided me
in the right way to take the daughter of
my master’s kinsman for his son.
That servant shared every word with the
hope that they would see the hand of God in
all of this. And then comes the clincher: (v.
49) “So now if you are going to deal
kindly and truly with my master, tell me;
and if not, let me know, that I may turn to
the right hand or the left.”
The servant lays it all on the line. Will you
deal with kindness (chesed) and with truth
(emeth) to whom? To my master, Abraham!
He’s not saying take it or leave it. No, he’s
quite convinced Rebekah is God’s chosen
bride for Isaac. He just wants to be sure they
are convinced too.
The drama continues: (v. 50) Then Laban
and Bethuel replied, “The matter comes
from the LORD; so we cannot speak to you
bad or good. 51 “Here is Rebekah before
you, take her and go, and let her be the
wife of your master’s son, as the LORD
has spoken.”
O.T. scholar H.C. Leupold puts so well what
Laban writes: “God has clearly done the
speaking. There is nothing more to be said.”
Guess what the servant does in response?
He worships God!
v. 52: “When Abraham’s servant heard
their words, he bowed himself to the
ground before the LORD.” He knows God
has answered his prayer, and he credits Him
for that.
Then the servant (v. 53) brings out the dowry
that show ability to care for Rebekah:
“articles of silver and articles of gold, and
garments, and gave them to Rebekah; he
also gave precious things to her brother
and to her mother. 54 Then he and the
men who were with him ate and drank and
spent the night. When they arose in the
morning, he said, “Send me away to my
master.”
Now those words come as a surprise to that
household. It’s the crack of dawn and the
servant can’t wait to head back to Abraham
and take Rebekah along.
V. 55 But her brother and her mother said,
“Let the girl stay with us a few days, say
ten; afterward she may go.” 56 He said to
them, “Do not delay me, since the LORD
has prospered my way. Send me away
that I may go to my master.”
The servant knows the longer they waited
the harder it would get. For delaying can be
dangerous.
So, he’s putting it to them like this, “Don’t
detain me and work against God’s plan!
The servant knows that the longer they
waited the harder it might get. Don’t detain
me and work against God’s plan!
More dramatic suspense follows: v.57, “And
they said, ‘We will call the girl and consult
her wishes.’ ”
Will she leave her family, her friends and all
that’s familiar and marry this man Isaac?
V. 58: Then they called Rebekah and said
to her, “Will you go with this man?” And
she said, “I will go.”
No delay, no beating around the bush, no list of
yes bush. She gives herself with no delay, with
no conditions to the still not-yet-seen Isaac!
It’s the response of Peter and Andrew when
Christ calls out to them as they were fishing:
“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of
men.” Immediately they left their nets and
followed Him.” Mat. 4:19-20
In 1904 William Borden, member of the wealthy
Borden family was given a world cruise as a H.S.
graduation present. While he was supposed to
inherit the family business, he felt burdened for the
lost people he had seen in Asia.
So, he goes to college and seminary and then to
China as a missionary (where he died of
sickness within a month). Someone later
discovered these 3 words he had written in his
Bible: “No reserves, no retreat, no regret.”
That’s the spirit of Rebekah. Decisive and
dependent on God.
Verse 59 then tells us: “Thus they sent
away their sister Rebekah and her nurse
with Abraham’s servant and his men.”
We know from Genesis 35:8 that the name of
her nurse is Deborah. Well, verse 60: “They
blessed Rebekah and said to her, “May
you, our sister, become thousands of ten
thousands, And may your descendants
possess the gate of those who hate
them.”
In other words, God give this bride-to-be
descendants and victory over her enemies.
And God did all that!
Continuing in verse 61 they head back to
Hebron: “Then Rebekah arose with her
maids, and they mounted the camels and
followed the man. So the servant took
Rebekah and departed.”
Here’s now where she and Isaac first meet.
The commission, confidence, celebration
now end in the great 5. Culmination 62-67
It’s a dream come true for Abraham, Isaac,
and Rebekah!
Verse 62: “Now Isaac had come from
going to Beer-lahai-roi; (by the way, that
means “well of the Living One how sees
me”) for he was living in the Negev. 63
Isaac went out to meditate in the field
toward evening; and he lifted up his eyes
and looked, and behold, camels were
coming.”
You know what he’s meditating on in that
field- what kind of wife (if any) will my dad’s
servant bring back?
Continuing on, v. 64: “Rebekah lifted up
her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she
dismounted from the camel.” (that showed
respect) 65 She said to the servant, “Who
is that man walking in the field to meet
us?” And the servant said, “He is my
master.” Then she took her veil and
covered herself.
The wife-to-be would veil her face before her
fiancée until the day of their wedding.
Did you see that nugget, what the servant
now calls Isaac? His own master!
Then “The servant told Isaac all the things
that he had done (v. 66).
He can’t wait to share of what God had
accomplished in leading him at every point!
For with every fiber of his being he’s
convinced that of God’s providence!
Verse 67: “Then Isaac brought her into
his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took
Rebekah, and she became his wife, and
he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted
after his mother’s death.”
So beautifully, baton is passed from Sarah to
Rebekah as the new matriarch of the chosen
family line.
Isaac’s “taking her to be his wife is the Hebrew
expression meaning, “he married her.”
Very briefly, what’s the encouraging
application of this love story?
1. Contrary to what many want to see in
the text, it’s not an allegory. Isaac
doesn’t represent the H.S. who God
sends to find a bride for His church.
2. For the nation of Israel, this account
gives great reassurance. Whenever in
their history it looked as if their future as
a nation hung in the balance, this story
proves He will continue to lead them.
3. This story proves God can be fully
trusted to lead His own.
Child of God, He knows your needs,
loves you, and you can count on Him to
also do what’s best for you. .
Whatever the concern on your heart,
Christian, entrust yourself with
confidence into the caring arms of God.
And rest assured that as you delight
yourself in Him and His promises, God
will give you the desires of your heart
for His glory! (Ps. 37:4)
Our gracious God and loving Lord…
Providence in Particulars!
Genesis 24
Hope In Christ Bible Church 5/5/19
1. Context 1
2. Commission 2-9
Gen. 46:26; Gen. 22:18; 2 Cor. 6:14–16; Gen. 22:23
3. Challenge 10-27
Lam. 3:22–23; Psalm 138:3
4. Celebration 28-61
Gen. 35:8; Mat. 4:19-20
5. Culmination 62-67
Being a doer of the word who trusts in God’s providential
leading (Ps. 37:4):