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Tuesday, February 27 2018
The Servant's Prayer
"O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray Thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham"
Righteous Abraham had lived a long life, a journey of a life to where he would await his eternal life (see Abraham's Journey: When Will He Arrive?). As was made known to Abraham, his salvation, and that of all of humanity, would come from a future descendant of Abraham, though the branch of Isaac. For that to happen, Isaac needed a wife. With the intent of keeping the Messianic "seed" prophecy in accordance with its original proclamation (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq), Abraham sent one of his servants to find a wife for Isaac from among Abraham's Iraqi family in Syria (that happened because the journey from Iraq was done in two stages, with most of the family group settling in Syria, while Abraham continued on to the land of Canaan; see Genesis 12: Abram's Mission).
"24:1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. 24:2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: 24:3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: 24:4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac." (Genesis 24:1-4 KJV)
From his encampment in Canaan (see Camped Out In Canaan), Abraham gave the servant the instructions for seeking a wife for Isaac.
"24:5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?
So the servant set off on his task. The servant was also a man of God; he departed with a prayer: "O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham."
"24:10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels 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. 24:11 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.
The prayer was fulfilled, with the signs that were requested. There was no doubt that Rebekah was the LORD's choice, not merely for a wife for Isaac, but for one of His own human ancestors i.e. "the LORD God" was and is Jesus Christ (see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God).
"24:15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. 24:16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
Rebekah then summoned her brother Laban (with whom Jacob / Israel would later live for twenty years when he too returned to Syria for wives from among his Iraqi family; see the Fact Finder question below).
"24:28 And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things. 24:29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well. 24:30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well. 24:31 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.
Rebekah had the final say. "And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go."
"24:50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good. 24:51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.
The caravan departed with a prophecy that would be fulfilled, not merely physically, but spiritually, by means of the salvation that would be made possible by the Messiah.
"24:59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
So it was the Isaac and Rebekah were married. There was no "church wedding." There was no "marriage license" from any government. But Isaac "took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her."
"24:62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country. 24:63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. 24:64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. 24:65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us?
Fact Finder: How did Isaac and Rebekah, who themselves were neither Jews or Israelites, establish the family line of "Israel"?
This Day In History, February 27
380: The Edict of Thessalonica. Emperor Theodosius I, with co-emperors Gratian and Valentinian II (see also Who Were Valentine And Cupid?) proclaimed that all Roman citizens were to convert to the Roman perversion of Christianity (see also Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
425: Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II founded the Imperial University of Constantinople.
837: The 15th recorded perihelion ("around the sun") passage of Halley's Comet.
907: Khitan tribal chief Abaoji became Emperor Taizu of China (see also The First Chinese American War).
1189: Richard the Lion-Hearted ascended the throne.
1526: In Germany, Saxony and Hesse formed the League of Gotha, a league of Protestant princes (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1531: German Protestants established the League of Schmalkalden to resist the authority of the Emperor (although doctrinally, there is no difference between the Church of Rome and her "Protestant" daughters; see Antichristians).
1560: The Treaty of Berwick was signed by England and Scotland.
1594: Henry IV was crowned King of France.
1670: Jews (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) were expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I.
1803: The Great Fire of Bombay destroyed nearly a third of the houses in the city.
1861: The "Warsaw Massacre" occurred when Russian troops fired on a crowd demonstrating against Russian rule.
1881: The Boers defeated the British at the Battle of Majuba Hill, South Africa.
1900: The British Labour Party is founded.
1900: Canadian forces under Lord Kitchener led the final attack of The Battle of Paardeberg, the last battle of the South African Boer War. General Kitchener was featured in the 1914 First World War recruiting poster, the design of which was copied 3 years later in the U.S. for the "Uncle Sam Wants You" poster - for which no credit or acknowledgement was given.
1933: The Reichstag Fire. The Nazis claimed the burning of the German Parliament building was a "conspiracy" by "terrorists" and used it as an opportunity to outlaw their political opponents (see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator). A Dutchman, Marius van der Lubbe, who was later executed for starting the fire, is regarded by many historians to have been either completely innocent, or a patsy of the Nazis; he was posthumously pardoned in 2008 (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1942: The Battle of the Java Sea began; a U.S., British, Dutch and Australian naval force under command of Dutch admiral Karel Doorman fought the Japanese. Doorman was killed when the Dutch cruiser De Ruyter was sunk.
1948: The Communists forcefully took over the government of Czechoslovakia from President Eduard Benes.
1949: Chaim Weizmann became the first President of "Israel" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1973: Native Americans began an occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a siege that lasted until May (see also The First Chinese American War).
1974: A new constitution was approved in Sweden which reduced the status of the king to a figurehead.
1991: During the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait from an invasion by Iraq, Kuwaiti troops re-entered Kuwait city.