I absolutely love how the Bible is always new and fresh. No matter how often you read it you always find things you hadn’t seen before and reading the story of Rebekah has been no exception. I asked the Lord to see the story with fresh eyes and He did not disappoint. In fact, I can’t wait to show you what He has shown me this time!!
THE BEST LOVE STORY!
Scene 1: We first meet Rebekah at the well. Abraham’s servant has just finished his prayer and up walks Rebekah like a carefully written script:
“Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.” (Genesis 24:15-16)
She was beautiful, pure, and untainted by the world. We also learn that she was quite capable and independent. She was not some sappy maiden nor was she the only maiden there at the time, yet she took it upon herself to water the servant’s ten camels! That’s ten extra trips to the well to fetch a jug of water! The Bible would call that going the extra mile for another (Mt 5:41) and she was rewarded handsomely. It would seem by the world’s standards she had it all, yet this is only the beginning of her tale.
Upon making their introductions and learning that the servant had come from a distant relative, Rebekah ran back to tell her brother Laban who came out and invited the servant to their home. Rebekah’s father is still alive but, for some reason that we are not privileged to, Laban is acting in his father’s stead which is a very important piece of the story that I only just learned about and can’t wait to share with you. Remember this and let’s move to the scene in the home:
Scene 2: It begins with the servant recounting all that has just transpired up until this moment:
“Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms, and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son. Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.” Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the Lord; we can say nothing to you one way or the other. Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.” When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the Lord. Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts to her brother and to her mother. Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night there.
When they got up the next morning, he said, “Send me on my way to my master.”But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so; then you may go.”But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the Lord has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master.”Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.” So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”“I will go,” she said.” (Genesis 24:47-58)
STOP! If you aren’t aware of all the Jewish customs, you’d might read right over this spot and never give it a thought because it’s customary in our culture that women have a say in who they marry. This was not always the case in Rebekah’s time. Back then, it was customary that parents arrange the marriages of their children and if Rebekah’s father had met with the servant and accepted his offer, Rebekah wouldn’t have had a say. Since Laban, her brother, is making the arrangements, Rebekah must be asked if she is willing. Pretty cool, huh? But that’s not even the best part! We’ve got to move on!
Scene 3: Their First Meeting
“Now Isaac …went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself. Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted …” (Genesis 24:61-67)
I have always thought of this story as being one of the most romantic in the entire Bible, but what’s even more significant is that this is a picture of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Yup, that’s right!
Rebekah, at the well, is us before Christ; appearing to have it all and wholly independent ( at least thinking ourselves capable). Yet, when the offer is made to become another’s, she doesn’t hesitate to accept!
Did you also notice that Isaac is never asked? When he is told that she has accepted the offer to be wholly his, he doesn’t hesitate to make her his. When I read “Isaac was comforted,” I think of Luke 15:10. “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy [and rejoicing] in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Look back at this verse and remember it is Jesus rejoicing before the angels.)
But what I most want you to see is that Rebekah gave herself completely to the master’s son. Despite all she had, she considered it worth giving up in order to embrace this new life! Do you remember the moment you placed your life into the Master’s hands and were grateful He took you just as you were without question? Were you all in and wholly His? Then let me ask you, are you still completely His, or has the world been able to woo you back ever so gradually?
And if you’ve never experienced placing your life into the Master’s hands, we’ve written a post that we hope will help you do just that! Wherever you are in your relationship today, He’s watching and waiting to make you and keep you wholly His!!
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