2018-10-24 / Religion

No incidentals in the ‘divine plan’

Sunday School Lesson
Rev. James Temples

Genesis 24

The divine tapestry of redemption is woven one thread at the time on the loom of human history. The single thread might not seem to be too important in the overall design. However, as impatient fallen humans learn to “wait,” the pattern begins to be seen. Finally, the individual part that touches each life becomes visible. This plan reached its climax at the cross of Calvary, where Jesus Christ of Nazareth gave his sinless life for the redemption of our lost human race. John 19:30. Today, we can rejoice in the personal application of this event, as it reaches into each of our lives.

The eternal promise given to Abraham included the birth of a promised son. The immediate fulfillment of this promise was in the birth of Isaac. Genesis 21:2. For this promise to be extended for generations, there needed to be a “next generation.” This fact, obviously, required a wife for Isaac. Not just any woman would do!

The blessings of God that filled the life of Abraham included material blessings,” the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.” Genesis 24:1b. The record tells us that “Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house (see Genesis 15:2), that ruled over all that he had, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom we dwell: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred and take a wife unto my son Isaac.” Genesis 24:2-4.

The action that was required by Abraham was based on the fact of the blessings and curses pronounced by Noah upon his sons and grandson. Blessings were pronounced upon Shem, and a curse upon his grandson, Canaan. Genesis 9:25, 26. The Canaanites were the descendants of this grandson, and had become a very idolatrous people. Abraham was of the descendants of Shem. See Luke 3:36. The future wife for Isaac needed to come from the line of blessing.

The servant saw the possibility of failure of his assignment, “Peradventure (perhaps) the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest? And Abraham said unto him, Beware (guard protect) that thou bring not my son thither (there) again.” Genesis 24:5, 6. This directive was followed by a testimony to the faithfulness of God. Genesis 24:7. He gave assurance to Eliezer, “And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt clear of this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.” Genesis 24.8. The oath was sealed. Genesis 24: 9.

The journey of approximately six hundred miles began, “And the servant took ten of the camels of his master, and departed...and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.” Genesis 24:10. When the caravan reached the city, their first stop was st the city well. The servant “made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.” Genesis 24:11.

For this faithful servant, this journey was more than a simple obedient act. He must have known the long-term potential of the action that was expected of him. He had observed the action of Abraham through the years, and knew the personal nature of God, Jehovah, the covenant name of God. He had seen Abraham, as this patriarch exhibited faith in the One who had called him. The servant turned his thoughts to God, “And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham. Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.” Genesis 24:12-14.

There are no “incidentals” in the divine plan. The record tells us, And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.” Genesis 24:15. The description of this young damsel is clear, “And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known (had sex relations with) her.” Genesis 24:16a. There is no indication that she had been distracted from her mission, “and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.” Genesis 24:16b. Note: the water was reached by descending steps to the water level, and filling the pitcher.

When the damsel reached ground level, “the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.” Genesis 24:17. The response of this damsel was exactly that which the servant had prayed. Genesis 24:18-20. The action must have caused the servant to be amazed at the answer to his prayer, “And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not.” Genesis 24:21.

When the damsel had completed her self-assigned task, the servant brought out jewels to give to this woman. Genesis 24:22. Eliezer began to question the damsel regarding her family. She was of the expected background. The faithful servant” bowed down his head, and worshipped the Lord.” Genesis 24:26. Upon arriving at the home of Rachel, the servant stated his mission, and gave dowry for the bride. She was willing to leave her homeland, and go to her groom.

This incident is another facet in the unfolding eternal plan of God. The savior was on the way! John 3:16.

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