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Today, I’d like us to discuss a passage of scripture that is pretty well known (I think), but a purposefully overlooked character is who we will focus upon. Let’s get into it!
10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor. 11 And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when women go out to draw water. 12 And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.” 15 Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder.
Genesis 24: 10-15
For some context, I’ll explain what is happening. The servant that is spoken about belongs to Abraham. Abraham’s wife, Sarah, had just died in chapter 24. Abraham is also, as verse 1 in this chapter puts it, “getting on in years,” and his son, Isaac, has no wife. The problem with this is that God promised Abraham saying, “I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful and will make nations and kings come from you (Genesis 17: 5-6).”
See the problem Abraham has? God promised that Abraham will be the father of many nations, and his son doesn’t even have a wife! No wife = No baby = No nations. However, Abraham has learned this lesson before when it comes to this promise. So, instead of calling God a liar, he has his servant find a wife for Isaac in northwest Mesopotamia which is hundreds of miles from where they were.
That’s where we pick up in the verses we have here, and you see what happens. This servant has an incredible amount of faith! He prays that a woman will come and water him and Abraham’s camels. The odds of this are pretty low. Camels can drink A LOT of water, and there are ten of them. Who’s going to take the time to do this? Then, before he even finishes his prayer, Rebekah comes out. Long story short: she ends up doing both of those things and eventually goes back with the servant to be Isaac’s wife.
So, not only does this servant have enough faith to go all the way to this land, he also has the faith to ask God for her to do something specific so that he will know. This man’s faith really changes the game for Isaac.
But here’s the really interesting part: Isaac is part of the direct genealogy that leads to Jesus. In other words, Jesus ends up being a descendant of Isaac, and that is a direct result of his marriage with Rebekah. The marriage they have is only existing, in part, because this servant trusted God to an insane level.
So what was this man’s name that trusted God so much that he brought back a wife for Isaac and continued the genealogy that led up to the birth of Jesus Christ Himself?
We don’t know.
My Bible’s notes give a guess, but we don’t know for sure. This man did something so great for the kingdom of God (for you and me), but we don’t even know his name. What this tells me is that following God or being great is not the same as being famous or being praised. Being a follower of God is about showing him off – not us. Being anonymous for the Kingdom of God is so much better than being famous for ourselves.
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