Tuesday 10 November, 2015

Genesis 24:52-61

52 Abraham’s servant heard what they said. So he bowed down to the Lord with his face to the ground. 53 He brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing. He gave all of them to Rebekah. He also gave expensive gifts to her brother and her mother. 54 Then Abraham’s servant and the men who were with him ate and drank. They spent the night there. When they got up the next morning, Abraham’s servant said, “Send me back to my master.” 55 But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman stay with us ten days or so. Then you can go.” 56 But he said to them, “Don’t make me wait. The Lord has given me success on my journey. Send me on my way so I can go to my master.” 57 Then they said, “Let’s get Rebekah and ask her about it.” 58 So they sent for her and asked, “Will you go with this man?” “Yes, I’ll go,” she said. 59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way with Abraham’s servant and his men. They also sent Rebekah’s servant with her. 60 And they gave Rebekah their blessing. They said to her, “Dear sister, may your family grow by thousands and thousands. May they take over the cities of their enemies.” 61 Then Rebekah and her female servants got ready. They got on their camels to go back with the man. So Abraham’s servant took Rebekah and left.

Abraham’s servant spent a night at Laban’s place after gaving some jewelry to Rebekah and gifts to her brother and her mother. The next morning, they got up and prepared to go back to Abraham’s place—Beer-Sheba.

But her brother and her mother asked the servant to let Rebekah stay with them for 10 more days or so. The servant didn’t want to be delayed, so they decided to have Rebekah make the final decision. Rebekah replied “I will go“.

What a great story and “happy ending”! I like Rebekah not just because she is a very beautiful woman (Gen26:7), but also she is a very brave woman. She didn’t know this servant, how could she believe what he said about the purpose of his coming. And the distance – about a thousand miles away – But, when her mother and brother asked her decision, she just replied “I will go“, straightaway without a second thought. This decision not just let her became Isaac’s wife, but also made her step into the family history of Jesus Christ.

I really admire the people who have simple faith in God. They don’t strive for themselves, if I choose x,y,z ….. how much I am going to loose? Or if it doesn’t work, what is my plan B? They simply believe “Jehovah-jireh ” (The Lord provides.) and choose to follow HIS calling.

Dear Lord, your name is “Jehovah-jireh “. You will provide all I need. Thank you for choosing me to work with your eternal plan. Open my eyes to see your glory and follow you without any doubt. Just like Isaiah said: Here I am, send me! Amen.

Written by Allen Leu

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