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Looking to Receive Rebekah's Family Blessing"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."
(Bible Study Online Article Covers : Genesis 24:28-54)
In the last article we'd learnt, that Eliezer had paid his respects towards Rebekah, by rewarding her with expensive gifts.
Understand that this was done -- in exchange for the civility and kindness, that she had shown towards him and his camels, while they were at the water-well: "I'll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking."
Next we find, that Eliezer would bow down, as he began thanking the Lord in a faithful display of worship, by saying:
"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
Now in the meantime, we find that Rebekah had ran to tell her family, about the things that Eliezer had shared, and the expensive gifts that he had given her.
Bible Study OnlineLaban Meets With Eliezer?
Now after Laban (who was her brother) had saw the gifts, and heard about the things that Eliezer had told his sister, he decided to go out and meet with the chief servant. And it would be at this time, that once Laban was before Eliezer, who was standing near the water-well where the camels were -- we find him telling Eliezer: "Come, you are blessed by the Lord. Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels."
So after hearing this, Eliezer decided to go back to the house with Laban. And once he'd arrived at Rebekah's family home, Eliezer unloaded the camels... and it would be at this time, that the camels were fed straw and fodder. Also know that Rebekah's family had brought some water for Eliezer, and for the men who had traveled with him, so they could wash their feet. Rebekah's family also brought them some food to eat as well.
Bible Study OnlineYou Need to Know -- Why I'm Here?
However that may have been -- it would be at this time, that Eliezer had insisted on telling Rebekah's family, the reason why he was there. And he'd insisted on doing this, before he began eating the food, that Rebekah's family had brought before him and his men. So Laban would acknowledge Eliezer's request -- for he wanted to hear why the chief servant, had traveled such a long way, and why it involved his sister Rebekah.
Bible Study OnlineLaban Meets With Eliezer?
So Eliezer would begin by saying: "I am Abraham's servant. The Lord has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy, He has given him sheep and cattle, sliver and gold, menservants and maidservants, and camels and donkeys. My master's wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns. And my master made me swear an oath, and said, 'You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live, but go to my family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.'
"Then I asked my master, 'What if the woman will not come back with me?' He replied, 'The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and make your journey a success, so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father's family. Then when you go to my clan, you will be released from my oath.'" -- Genesis 24:34-41
Bible Study OnlineThen I Prayed to God?
"When I came to the spring today, I said: 'O Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come. See, I am standing beside this spring; if a maiden comes out to draw water and I say to her, "Please let me drink a little water from your jar," and if she says to me, "Drink, and I'll draw water for your camels too," let her be the one the Lord has chosen for my master's son.'
"Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her: 'Please give me a drink?' She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said: 'Drink, and I'll water your camels too.' So I drank, and she watered the camels also. I asked her: 'Whose daughter are you?' She said: 'The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milcah bore to him.'
"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'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." -- Genesis 24:42-49
Bible Study OnlineRebekah's Family Agrees to Letting Her Go?
Now after hearing all that Eliezer had to say -- Laban and Bethuel, would respond in agreement, by saying: "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."
Needless-to-say, after hearing this, Eliezer was pleased with their response. And he showed his appreciation, by kneeling down to thank the Lord once again. Then it would be at this time -- that Eliezer would proceed to bring out more gold and sliver, along with many fine articles of clothing, and he presented them to Rebekah.
And it would also be at this time, that Eliezer would give expensive gifts to her family as well. And it would be at this time, that Eliezer and his men had decided to replenish their bodies: by eating, drinking, while they rested for the night.
In the next Bible Study Online Article:
Now that we find that Rebekah's family, had agreed to let Rebekah go back with Eliezer. We'll find out, if they will hold true to their decision? And if not, will they decide to renege on their agreement with Eliezer? And if not, perhaps they will try to alter the agreement in some type of? And if they do let Rebekah leave, how will Isaac feel about her, once they finally meet?
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