28 The young woman ran home. She told her mother’s family what had happened. 29 Rebekah had a brother named Laban. He hurried out to the spring to meet the man. 30 Laban had seen the nose ring. He had seen the bracelets on his sister’s arms. And he had heard Rebekah tell what the man had said to her. So Laban went out to the man. He found him standing by the camels near the spring. 31 “The Lord has given you his blessing,” he said. “So come with me. Why are you standing out here? I’ve prepared my house for you. I also have a place for the camels.” 32 So the man went to the house. The camels were unloaded. Straw and feed were brought for the camels. And water was brought for him and his men to wash their feet. 33 Then food was placed in front of him. But he said, “I won’t eat until I’ve told you what I have to say.” “Then tell us,” Laban said. 34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 35 The Lord has blessed my master greatly, and he has become rich. The Lord has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold. He has also given him male and female servants, camels and donkeys. 36 My master’s wife Sarah had a son by him when she was old. He has given that son everything he owns. 37 My master made me promise him. He said, ‘I’m living in the land of the people of Canaan. But promise me that you won’t get a wife for my son from their daughters. 38 Instead, go to my father’s family and to my own relatives. Get a wife for my son there.’ 39 “Then I asked my master, ‘What if the woman won’t come back with me?’ 40 “He replied, ‘I have walked faithfully with the Lord. He will send his angel with you. He will give you success on your journey. So you will be able to get a wife for my son. She will be from my own relatives and from my father’s family. 41 When you go to my relatives, suppose they refuse to give her to you. Then you will be free from the promise you made to me.’ 42 “Today I came to the spring. I said, ‘Lord, you are the God of my master Abraham. Please make me successful on this journey I’ve made. 43 I’m standing beside this spring. A young woman will come out to get water. I’ll say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar.” 44 Suppose she says, “Have a drink of water, and I’ll get some for your camels too.” Then let her be the one the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’ 45 “Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out. She was carrying a jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and got water. I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ 46 “She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder. She said, ‘Have a drink, and I’ll get water for your camels too.’ So I drank. She also got water for the camels. 47 “I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ “She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel. He’s the son Milkah had by Nahor.’ “Then I put the ring in her nose. I put the bracelets on her arms. 48 And I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham. He had led me on the right road. He had led me to get for my master’s son the granddaughter of my master’s brother. 49 Now will you be kind and faithful to my master? If you will, tell me. And if you won’t, tell me. Then I’ll know which way to turn.” 50 Laban and Bethuel answered, “The Lord has done all of this. We can’t say anything to you one way or the other. 51 Here is Rebekah. Take her and go. Let her become the wife of your master’s son, just as the Lord has said.”
I find myself seeing a consistent theme running through all of this passage. The theme is – integrity. There is the integrity of the servant of Abraham – telling the whole story up front to Laban and Rebekah. There is the servants telling of Abraham’s integrity – faith in God for provision, and at the same time, no harsh holding of oath’s over his servant. There is the prayer for integrity prayed by the servant of Abraham. And there is Rebekah being the answer to the servants prayer for integrity – giving a drink to the servant and his camels too. The servant’s confession in verse 48 is a great summary – “I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road…” is not integrity walking the right road?
Integrity is doing the right thing, for the right reasons, at the right time, irrespective of whether it is convenient or costly. The integrity of Abraham is the starting point of this line of integrity encounters – but it flows all the way down to the girl his son will soon marry. The scriptural principle comes to mind; “you reap what you sow.” In short, if you sow integrity in your daily life, integrity will find you when you desire it and when you need it. God is no liar; His word is truth. But I note further that what we sow has intergenerational impact and reaches far beyond our immediate circles of influence.
Lord, help me to sow integrity – doing the right thing, for the right reasons, at the right time, irrespective of whether it is convenient or costly. I want to create an intergenerational impact, as I see Abraham’s integrity did through him. Amen.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh