Genesis Chp. 24

Here’s Your Sign…

Abraham was getting along in age, and after the death of his wife Sarah, he wanted to secure a proper wife for his son Isaac. Unfortunately, they lived among the Canaanites, who were worshippers of idols and lived outside the covenant of God, so he decided to send his servant to his homeland to pursue this wife. 

Abraham chose his oldest and most trusted servant to complete this task. He instructed him to go to his former country, to his relatives, to look for a wife for Isaac. He also forbade Isaac from going with him. Why would he forbid Isaac from going with him? Well, Abraham had been promised by God that the Canaanite land would be given to his descendants, so it was important that his descendants remain there. Perhaps he was afraid his son might not return if allowed to go back to the old country.  

The servant was apprehensive and questioned his own ability to convince the right woman to return to Canaan with him. Abraham assured him that the Lord would send an angel ahead of him and that he indeed would take a wife for his son from there.

Before the servant entered the city of Nahor (Abraham’s brother), he paused by the well at evening time when the women would go out to draw water. He prayed to God for a sign that whichever woman offered him water and also offered to water his camels, she would be the one the Lord had chosen for Isaac. Behold, along comes beautiful Rebekah, granddaughter of Abraham’s brother, who incidentally fulfills that sign. 

Rebekah takes the servant home with her to her family where he explains the whole story. Rebekah was willing to go to Isaac; her family was willing to allow it. When they reached Isaac, the servant explained Abraham’s plans. Isaac loved Rebekah, and she was a comfort to him after the loss of his mother Sarah. 

Have you ever asked for a sign from God? Have you ever noticed those pesky little red flags that seem to be a warning? God guides us all the time. We just have to pay attention. 

For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:11-12

Published by walkrlane

Christian blogger and author

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