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The Prayer of Eliezer

The Discovery of Rebekah

See, I'm standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a girl, 'Please let down your jar so that I may have a drink,' and she says, 'Drink, and I'll water your camels too,' let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac.

(Bible Study Online Article Covers : Genesis 24:10-31)

Short Recap?

In the last article we'd learned, that after Abraham had reach 140 years of age, he was found to be growing increasingly concern about his son Isaac. These concerns dealt with Abraham, wrestling with the fact -- that Isaac had turned 40 years of age, and had not yet, found himself a wife.

Understand that Isaac's situation was of great importance to Abraham.

For we must keep in mind, that it was custom during those days, when it came to single men -- that they should be married, by at least their thirtieth birthday.

Now although Abraham had grown concerned for his son's social life, he couldn't necessarily blame Isaac for being single?

For if Abraham was to be honest with himself, the fault probably didn't lie with Isaac?

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Not Just Any Woman?

Remember that the Sacred Record had just revealed, that it was Abraham, who didn't want his son to have just any woman for his wife. For we find that Abraham wanted his son to have a certain type of woman? Take note of what Abraham had said to Eliezer, the servant whom he trusted the most:

"Put your hand under my thigh. I want you to swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of Canaanites, among whom I am living, but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac." -- Genesis 24:2-4

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Let The Search Begin?

Now after Eliezer had received his instructions, and made an oath to his master Abraham -- he goes and gathers some supplies, while preparing ten of Abraham's camels for his journey to the city of Nahor. Now I would also like to briefly point out, that the city of Nahor, was also known as Haran -- which was located in Mesopotamia region.

However that may have been... in the meantime, as Eliezer goes in search of a wife, for his master's son Isaac. We now find, that Eliezer finally heads out for Aram-Naharaim (which is also known as Mesopotamia), which in turn, would eventually lead him to the city of Nahor: "Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and left, taking with him all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor." -- Genesis 24:10

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The Prayer of Eliezer?

Nonetheless, as we move forward -- we now find, that as Eliezer had approached the city of Nahor -- the Sacred Record reveals that he had his camels kneel down by a water-well, that was located just outside the city. Now, the Sacred Record would also inform us -- that it was now evening, and that this would be the time... when the women of that land, had went out to draw water. And it was also at this point, we find Eliezer presenting a special prayer request before God:

"O Lord, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I'm standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a girl, 'Please let down your jar so that I may have a drink,' and she says, 'Drink, and I'll water your camels too,' let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master." -- Genesis 24:12-14

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The Discovery of Rebekah?

Now keep in mind, that what makes this "prayer of faith" so interesting -- deals with the mere fact, that God had granted it, before Eliezer had finished speaking it. For the Sacred Record confirms -- that Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, who was the son of Milcah... who herself, was the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor, had came out with her water jar on her shoulder.

Know that the Sacred Record also revealed -- that Rebekah was very beautiful, and pure (a virgin), for no other man had ever laid with her. Next we're told, that Rebekah had went down to the spring to fill her water jar, and was now headed back to her household. And this is when Eliezer had seen her, which in turn, he'd hurried out to meet her. Now once Eliezer was before her, he asked Rebekah: "Please give me a little water from your jar."

And after hearing this, Rebekah would respond by saying: "Drink my lord." And she said this, as she lowered the jar full of water, so that Eliezer could have a drink. And after doing this, Rebekah continued: "I'll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking." Now after saying this to Eliezer, she headed back to the water-well to draw more water, and this time around, she drew enough for all of Eliezer's camels.

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Thank You God?

Now Eliezer would stand there quietly, while he watched Rebekah. For he wanted to make sure, that this really was the woman for Isaac, that he had asked God for. Nonetheless, after the camels had finished drinking -- Eliezer had taken out a gold nose ring, which weighed a beka, and he also took out two gold bracelets. And it's at this time, that he'd asked Rebekah this question: "Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room in your father's house for us to lodge in for the night?"

Now Rebekah responded by saying: "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milcah bore to Nahor. We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night." Then after Eliezer had heard this, he bowed down and began to worship the Lord: "Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandon his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on a journey to the house of my master's relatives." -- Genesis 24:27

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Rebekah Tells Her Family?

Then after Eliezer had done this, Rebekah ran back to her household -- so she can tell her family about the gifts, and the things that Eliezer had shared, and told her about. Now after her brother Laban had saw the gifts, and heard about the things, that Eliezer had told his sister -- he decided to go out and meet with him. And while Laban was approaching Eliezer, he'd called out: "Come, you are blessed by the Lord. Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels."

In the next Bible Study Online Article:

Now that God had started the process, when it came to answering Eliezer's prayer, that dealt with finding a wife for Isaac. We begin to move forward... for we'll find, that in the next article -- we'll see how Rebekah's family will react to this news by Eliezer. And more importantly, we'll also learn if Rebekah's family will allow her to leave, and go away with Eliezer.

May God blessings be upon you, and thank you for your support

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16) Abimelech Angry with Abraham

17) The Birth of Isaac

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19) Hagar the Fighter

Added to Page 19) Hagar the Mother of a Great Nation

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21) Abraham & The Great Sacrifice

22) The Death of Sarah

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25) Rebekah gets Permission to Leave

26) Isaac meets Rebekah

27) The Last Years of Abraham

28) The Twelve Rulers of Ishmael

29) The Birth of Esau & Jacob

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