Tying the Knot
Think about times when you’ve experienced success. Reflect on how God played a part in it and give thanks now.
Read Genesis 24:29-67
 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he hurried out to the man at the spring.  As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s arms, and had heard Rebekah tell what the man said to her, he went out to the man and found him standing by the camels near the spring.  “Come, you who are blessed by the LORD,” he said. “Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.”  So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet.  Then food was set before him, but he said, “I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say.” “Then tell us,” Laban said.  So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.  The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.  My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns.  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,  but go to my father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.’  “Then I asked my master, ‘What if the woman will not come back with me?’  “He replied, ‘The LORD, before whom I have walked faithfully, 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.  You will be released from my oath if, when you go to my clan, they refuse to give her to you-then you will be released from my oath.’  “When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come.  See, I am standing beside this spring. If a young woman comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,”  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.’  “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.’  “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.  “I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ “She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’ “Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms,  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.  Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”  Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other.  Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the LORD has directed.”  When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD.  Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts to her brother and to her mother.  Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night there. When they got up the next morning, he said, “Send me on my way to my master.”  But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so; then you may go.”  But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the LORD has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master.”  Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.”  So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?” “I will go,” she said.  So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham’s servant and his men.  And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies.”  Then Rebekah and her attendants got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.  Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev.  He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching.  Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel  and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?” “He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.  Then the servant told Isaac all he had done.  Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectHow did Laban and Rebekah react to the servant? Why?
It’s all good at this point. Abraham’s servant, amazingly, gets to Haran (now in Turkey) from Hebron (now in Israel) and discovers Rebekah. She not only shows generosity and kindness, but is also from just the right family. She is the knot that ties these two parts of the family together. It’s just what Abraham believed could happen (40). What is the secret of the servant’s success? He listens to God and gives him credit for keeping him on “the right road, the road of truth” (see 24:48) as it says in Mary Phil Korsak’s At the Start: Genesis Made New (Doubleday, 1993). Notice how many times the servant is shown praying to the Lord or acknowledging his guidance. His excitement is contagious, for Laban and Bethuel, too, recognize God’s hand in events. Do you sense how God has blessed your work or family life? When Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem in the last week of his life, his ordinary disciples and the children in the crowd were more ready to praise him than the people who thought themselves important. We might be important in some sense, but we are servants, too. Abraham’s servant is a role model whose attitude speaks across the centuries.
Think about what success will mean for you in the next week. Ask God to grant you success (Psa. 118:25).
I look to You, Lord, to give me the success that You know I need and that is best for me.
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