God Provides Gen. 24:1-17 HCSB Nov. 29, 2015
In today’s world I wonder if it would be an improvement if more fathers had more control over who their sons marry. I think it would help if the prospective husbands and wives were found in the church houses of our land. Primarily Bible believing churches. I met my wife in our church, both of my daughters met their husbands in our churches and 3 of my grand children so far have found their mates in the fellowship of their churches. Of course many prayers went up to the Lord for His direction and we know prayer is a prerequisite.
1. God Provides As Abraham . . Assigns The Task. 24:1-9
A. Assigns The Task To Get A . . Wife for Isaac from Abraham’s Home Land. 24:1-4
1 Abraham was now old, getting on in years, and the Lord had blessed him in everything.
2 Abraham said to his servant, the elder of his household who managed all he owned, "Place your hand
under my thigh,
3 and I will have you swear by the Lord, God of heaven and God of earth, that you will not take a wife for
my son from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I live,
4 but will go to my land and my family to take a wife for my son Isaac."
B. Assigns The Task To Get A . . Wife As Guided by The Lord. 24:1-3
5 The servant said to him, "Suppose the woman is unwilling to follow me to this land? Should I have your
son go back to the land you came from?"
6 Abraham answered him, "Make sure that you don't take my son back there.
7 The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from my native land, who spoke
to me and swore to me, 'I will give this land to your offspring'— He will send His angel before you, and you
can take a wife for my son from there.
8 If the woman is unwilling to follow you, then you are free from this oath to me, but don't let my son go
9 So the servant placed his hand under his master Abraham's thigh and swore an oath to him concerning
Abraham took the thought of finding a wife for his son very seriously. He did not want a lady from the Canaanites he wanted a woman from his land and people. He asked his trusted servant to take and swear an oath to him about this matter. Of course much prayer went with the servant and the Angel of the Lord. The servant himself ask God for guidance and help as he asked to be a success in the effort for master Abraham.
I would assume Isaac knew about this trip and was very interested in the success of his father’s servant. We can imagine he thought about the possibility of a Canaanite woman much to his fathers displeasure.
2. God Provides As Abraham’s Servant . . Prays for God’s Direction. 24:10-
A. Abraham’s Servant Prays As . . Instructed. 24:10-12
10 The servant took 10 of his master's camels and departed with all kinds of his master's goods in hand.
Then he set out for the town of Nahor, Aram‑naharaim.
11 He made the camels kneel beside a well of water outside the town at evening. This was the time when
the women went out to draw water.
12 "Lord, God of my master Abraham," he prayed, "grant me success today, and show kindness to my
B. Abraham’s Servant Prays . . Intending for God to Direct. 24:13-14
13 I am standing here at the spring where the daughters of the men of the town are coming out to draw
water. 14 Let the girl to whom I say, 'Please lower your water jug so that I may drink,' and who responds,
'Drink, and I'll water your camels also'— let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. By
this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master."
This servant like most of us prayer for a rapid success. He asked for the first girl he ask for water to be the girl of God’s choice. If Isaac knew the details about this pretty girl I think he would have said, amen.
To us this way of getting to talk to a young lady seems strange but it was a way evidently directed but the Lord.
God knew Isaac was needing a wife and very well may have picked out Rebekah and so arranged for her to be the first possible young lady for the servant to approach. We would like to think the Lord arranged for our marriages and after many years give an even more boisterous, amen to that thought.
3. God Provides the Answer to the . . Servants Prayer. 24:15-17
A. God Provides Quickly . . Answering the Details Requested. 24:15-16
15 Before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah—daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife
of Abraham's brother Nahor—coming with a jug on her shoulder.
16 Now the girl was very beautiful, a young woman who had not known a man intimately. She went down
to the spring, filled her jug, and came up.
B. God Provides Quickly . . Answering the Design Requested. . 24:17
17 Then the servant ran to meet her and said, "Please let me have a little water from your jug."
Do you notice that the young lady was near even before he stopped praying. Some people would say,” it just happened that was only a convenience.” I like what a praying man said, “well I believe convinces happen but the more I pray the more I notice them.” God meant for Rebekah to be Isacc’s wife and He worked it out to happen as it did. Most people pray somehow and Christian people who know how to pray really can see great events for the betterment of their lives. Sometimes people pray for several years before something happens. We ask why, and may not know until we see Jesus. Isaac was grateful for all those who prayed for him to have a wife. She was a gift from God. We can certainly say God Provides Amen? Amen!