Neither Right nor Left

When the eldest servant had described to the family of Rebekah, how the Lord God had led her to him as he sought out a bride for his master’s son, Isaac, he went on to request the kindness of the family of Rebekah to give her hand in marriage to Isaac. His request was one of finding favor and not in any sense demanding, for he said “if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell: and if not, tell me (as well) so that I may turn to the right or to the left” in order to continue his search. (Genesis 24:49-51).
To this, Laban, the brother of Rebekah and her father Bethuel, both said, “This proceeds from the Lord and we cannot speak unto thee bad (refuse) or good (accept). Behold, Rebekah is before you, take her and go so she may wed Isaac, as the Lord has spoken.”

This account indicates that both Laban and Bethuel perceived that the Lord was at work and did not want to stand in the way of God’s messenger on a mission.

Points to ponder:
From this account, we can learn that as servants of God on the mission, seeking the bride (Church) for our Savior, Jesus Christ, we must not be demanding but out of respect and love seek the kindness of whom we seek, requesting them to be kind and true with our master and Lord. And if you are not on a mission for the Lord God, when God sends his messengers on a mission, let us not stand in their way, so that they can proceed with the mission and not have to turn to the right or to the left.

Genesis 24:49-51 (KJV)
49 And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.
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.

Seeking a Virgin

When Abraham’s eldest servant tells Rebekah’s family of his mission of seeking a bride for Abraham’s son, Isaac, he explicitly identifies Rebekah as a virgin (Genesis 24:43) and through their interaction recounts that she was not only one of chaste but one of charity as well, willing to serve and go beyond the call of duty, ungrudgingly.

Points to ponder:
The church is the bride to be of Christ Jesus. When the Holy Spirit of God seeks out for you and me who believe in Jesus, i.e., the Church – will he identify us as virgins, undefiled by the carnal desires of the flesh – one full of chaste and prepared to serve with charity, going beyond our calling and commission, ungrudgingly. God is seeking a virgin in you and me – unadulterated by this world or its offering. How will God identify you and me?

Genesis 24:42-48 (KJV)
42 And I came this day unto the well, and said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:
43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;
44 And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom the Lord hath appointed out for my master’s son.
45 And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.
46 And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.
47 And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter unto his son.

My Master’s Promise / Confidence

When the eldest servant of Abraham narrates to the family of Rebekah, the bride sought out for Abraham’s son, Isaac, he tells them of the concern that he had, which was “What if the bride to be refuses to come to wed Isaac, what then?” following with the confidence that Abraham his master had, in the Lord God. For Abraham’s response to the servant’s concern was that the Lord will send his angel with his servant and prosper his mission – a promise that Abraham could make because he saw the whole marriage of his son, with eyes of faith. He saw the invisible before it became evident and expresses that faith, calling attention to neither himself or his servant, but to the faithfulness of God.

Points to ponder:
Abraham promised his servant that his journey and mission would be a success. He had confidence in the Lord’s presence and provisions, seeing with eyes of faith. Do we have that level of confidence in God, wherein we can be assured of the invisible things of God coming true in our life and making our life’s mission a success? Our Master God is a promise keeping God and we can be confident of his presence and provisions in our life / life’s journey, when we see him and his master plan in action, with eyes of faith.

Genesis 24:40 (KJV)
40 And he said unto me, The Lord, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father’s house:

The Master’s Purpose / Condition

Abraham’s eldest servant retells the family of Rebekah that his master’s purpose was for him to find a wife for his master’s son, Isaac, from the family/kindred of Abraham and his condition was explicit that if the woman refused to come to be married to his master’s son, the servant was cleared of his oath.

Points to ponder:
God our Master send us his servants to find a bride from his people and we are to tell of the impending marriage of the Lamb of God (Revelation 19). This is our Master God’s purpose. However, if the people refuse to give themselves up for Jesus Christ, God’s Only begotten Son, then we are cleared of our oath, not because we were unsuccessful in our mission, but because God is a loving God, who would not force anyone to follow him. He gives everyone the freedom to choose to follow his Son and is not a puppeteer. The Master’s purpose is clear that everyone should be reconciled to him but his condition is that it should be by their own accord, brought up by the conviction of the Holy Spirit of God and not by any eloquence of speech or rationalization by us, his servants. Someone may plant, and we may water or we may plant and someone may water, the Seed of the gospel, but it is God who gives the increase.

Genesis 24:38-39;41 (KJV)
38 But thou shalt go unto my father’s house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.
39 And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.
Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.

The Master’s Plan / Cause

Abraham’s eldest servant speaks of how his master had made him swear that he would not take a wife for his son, Isaac from the daughters of the Canaanites, a people that did not follow and worship God. Abraham, the master’s plan was to find a wife for his only beloved son, from his own family and kindred.

Points to ponder:
The bride to be of Christ Jesus (Revelation 19), God’s only begotten Son is not to be of this world that is in enmity with God (James 4:4), but it is the Church, who is the one who follows and worships God, the Master. This is God the Master’s, master plan! Have you believed in Jesus and received him i.e., do you belong to God’s, the Master’s plan?

Genesis 24:36-37 (KJV)
36 And Sarah my master’s wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath.
37 And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell: