Lesser known characters :: Bethuel

Betheul was the son of Abraham’s brother Nahor and the father of Laban and Rebekah, the wife of Isaac (Genesis 22:20-23). When Abraham’s servant approached Betheul to seek the hand of his daughter, Rebekah for Isaac, Betheul and Laban, answered that “this matter came from the LORD and one cannot speak one way or the other regarding this” meaning that what God’s will is, is what must happen. Betheul allows Rebekah to go and marry Isaac as the LORD had intended. On hearing this response, Abraham’s servant bowed down and worshiped the LORD. From Rebekah and Isaac, came the nation of Israel.

What can we learn from Betheul?
Like Betheul, we must not stand in the way of the matters that proceed from the LORD. We must be willing to submit to the will of the LORD for in submitting to it, God is given respect and worshipped.

Genesis 24:50-52 (KJV)
50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.
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.
52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.


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