Genesis 24:1-67 Do You Seek The Lord’s Guidance?

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        DO YOU SEEK THE LORD’S GUIDANCE?
    Genesis 24:1-67            February 17 2008
   
    Abraham servant asked what to do if the woman refused
to come to Canaan. Abraham told the servant that God’s angel
would help him accomplish his task and instructed him never
to allow Isaac to move to the old homeland. The servant
journeyed to the town of Abraham’s brother Nahor , arriving
just as some woman came to draw water (Gen. 24:1-11).
    When the servant asked Rebekah for a drink,
granddaughter of Nahor , she responded just as he had prayed
God would lead the right woman to respond. After
discovering Rebekah’s ancestry, the servant worshiped God,
thanking Him for answering his prayer (Gen.24:12-27).
    The servant tell his story to the Family. He described
Abraham’s wealth, Abraham’s son Isaac, and his own
assignment to find a wife for Isaac. The servant then told
how God had answered his prayer through Rebekah and asked
the family if they would allow Rebekah to marry Isaac
(Gen24:28-49).
    Rebekah’s family wanted her to stay with them longer ,
but the servant insisted he and Rebekah leave immediately.
When Rebekah agreed, her family blessed her and sent her
with the servant. The servant’s task and God’s plan came to
a successful conclusion when Rebekah arrived in Canaan and
married Isaac (Gen. 24:50-67).
   

    1. Identify Your Tasks (Gen. 24:34-41)

Gen. 24:34   So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 24:35  
The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has
become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver
and gold, menservants and maidservants, and camels and
donkeys. 24:36   My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a
son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns.
24:37   And my master made me swear an oath, and said,
‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of
the Canaanites, in whose land I live, 24:38   but go to my
father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my
son.’ 24:39   “Then I asked my master, ‘What if the woman
will not come back with me?’ 24:40   “He replied, ‘The
LORD, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with
you and make your journey a success, so that you can get
a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father’s
family. 24:41   Then, when you go to my clan, you will be
released from my oath even if they refuse to give her to
you —you will be released from my oath.’

    (Gen.24:34-49) The servant explained his mission to
Rebekah’s family. His speech, which summarizes the
narrative of the earlier part of the chapter, is an excellent
example of the ancient storyteller’s art, which was
designed to fix the details of a story in the hearer’s
memory. Before whom I have walked . (Gen. 5:22; 6:8-9;
17:1).

    2. Rely on the Lord (Gen. 24:42-44)

Gen. 24:42   “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. 24:43  
See, I am standing beside this spring; if a maiden comes
out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink
a little water from your jar,” 24:44   and if she says to
me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let
her be the one the LORD has chosen for my master’s son.’

    As Abraham’s servant stood at the spring outside
the city he had asked God to lead him to the woman He
had selected to be Isaac’s wife. Young woman often came
to springs or wells to draw water for the household’s
needs (1 Sam.9:11), for travelers (John 4:7), and for
animals (Gen. 29:7-10). The spring provided a good
location for the servant to encounter a potential wife
for Isaac. Although God surely had planned to provide a
virgin bride for Isaac, the servant emphasized the need
for such a woman for his beloved master’s son.

    3. Praise the Lord (Gen. 24:45-48)

Gen. 24:45   “Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah
came out, with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to
the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me
a drink.’ 24:46   “She quickly lowered her jar from her
shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’ So
I drank, and she watered the camels also. 24:47   “I asked her,
‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel
son of Nahor, whom Milcah bore to him.’ Then I put the ring in
her nose and the bracelets on her arms, 24:48   and I bowed
down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of
my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get
the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son.

    Abraham’s servant then had bowed down in joyous worship
and praise, thanking God for leading him to the right woman
for Isaac. The servant recognized God’s guidance throughout his
entire journey, not just in the incident at the spring. As God
had been faithful to Abraham through the years, so here God
had proven faithful to Abraham’s servant. The servant realized
the only appropriate response to God’s Faithfulness is worship
and praise.

    Summary:

        Typically in the Old Testament period a father selected
a suitable bride for his son (Gen. 38:6), although a son could
select a wife for himself, leaving the negotiations to his father
(Judg.14:3). In the absence of a father, a son could select a bride
and negotiate for her (Gen. 29:18). The groom’s father usually
the consent of the bride’s father , and sometimes brother (Gen.
24:50-51). While the bride probably had little say in the
arrangement, her consent was occasionally sought as well
(Gen. 24:58).
        Since the bride became part of the groom’s family,
the grooms family provided a gift or payment to secure the
bride. Once the payment had been made, the year-long
betrothal period began. The wedding constituted a social
celebration and featured a blessing of the bride who bear
the children (Gen. 24:60). Then the couple could consummate
their Marriage.