Do not intermarry with pagan nations, Do not be yoked with unbelievers
31: Come, you who are blessed by the LORD, 50: This is from the LORD 51: as the LORD has directed
48 I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD the God of my master who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son
Glory to God, no one may boast before him. Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.
Nose ring 2 gold bracelets (about $7005 by today’s price for gold), entire story of how he came here, the offer to marry, gold silver jewelry clothing
He sought permission of her family. They knew who Abraham was, his demonstration of faith. Showed respect for her and for her family
We chose to go, but everything else is provided by God. We are called by Him, chosen by him, not anything we have done to earn it
My Daily Journal:
I am truly struck by Rebekah. Earlier in this chapter we saw her actions reveal her character. We saw that Abraham sent his servant to find a bride for his son and the servant sought someone with a servant’s heart. But not a weak and fainting heart – Rebekah demonstrated strength of character, physical strength and strength of faith.
She was the first person to the well. She did not come with lots of other girls to chit chat, but she was the early bird. She was gracious and kind and went out of her way to treat a stranger with kindness, not only caring for him but also for his camels. She was chaste and pure.
She must have been physically strong and hearty as well. I looked it up – a camel drinks about 20 to 25 gallons. 10 camels = 200 to 250 gallons of water. Water weighs a little over 8 lbs per gallon. That means she was carting 1600 to 2000 lbs of water not counting the weight of her jug. And then, after she was done, she went for a run – running home to tell her mother’s family.
We see her faith in her decision. When her family wishes for her to linger with them, she displays obedience to God and a desire to step in that obedience. Think how difficult this was. Leaving home, family, everything behind to go to a strange land and be married to a stranger. No bridesmaids, no mother of the bride, just jump on a camel and go.