A Servant's Journey
by Wayne Blank
"Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them"
Bible History is about real events and real people. But often times, those events were not merely by chance (Prophecy may also be as much a matter of having the power to make events happen through time as it is predicting events through time). The Lord was directly involved in key matters, as in this example of the marriage of Isaac [see Isaac's Faith And Obedience] and Rebekah.
After his final instructions (Genesis 24:5-9), Abraham's servant set off on his assigned journey.
"And the servant took ten camels of the camels [see also Arabian and Bactrian] of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor. And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water" (Genesis 24:10-11 KJV)
Upon his arrival, the servant, an obvious man of faith (see also A Life Of Faith) prayed to The Lord. He left nothing to chance.
"And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed [see God Speed] this day, and show kindness unto my master Abraham. Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast showed kindness unto my master." (Genesis 24:12-14 KJV)
The prayer was answered, and it happened just as described (Genesis 24:15-25). The humble servant (his name isn't even recorded) then gave thanks to The Lord.
"And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped The Lord. And he said, Blessed be The Lord God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, The Lord led me to the house of my master's brethren. And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things." (Genesis 24:26-28 KJV)
Rebekah's brother Laban (see the Fact Finder question below) then met with the man.
"And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well." (Genesis 24:29 KJV)
After making absolutely sure that Rebekah wished to go, the entourage left to return to what would become known as the land of Israel, named after Rebekah's son Jacob, who The Lord later renamed Israel.
"And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her: