Genesis, chapters 21-24

Genesis 24:17-20

At once the servant ran to meet her and said: “Please give me a little sip of water from your jar.” In turn she said: “Drink, my lord.” With that she quickly lowered her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. When she finished giving him a drink, she said: “I will also draw water for your camels until they are done drinking.” So she quickly emptied her jar into the drinking trough and ran again and again to the well to draw water, and she kept drawing water for all his camels.

This passage is about Rebekah and the time Abraham’s servant traveled approximately 500 miles (800 km) to meet someone like her.
Earlier, Abraham’s servant had prayed to Jehovah God that the woman who might offer him a drink of water and also water his camels should be the woman divinely indicated to marry Abraham’s son, Isaac (Gen. 24:12-14).
Rebekah was unaware of this prayer when she carried out this laborious yet hospitable task.
She was also unaware that the man was a servant of Abraham, a relative of hers. This would make him a worshiper of the same deity as her family’s.
What struck me as interesting though is that Rebekah herself had servants- at least two (Gen. 24:61).
Even so, she was not stuck-up or lazy. She carried her own weight and had a kind serving attitude toward others.
Certainly she deserved to partake in the divine covenants, as she was a fine example of what a potential wife should look like.

Genesis 24:57,58

So they said: “Let us call the young woman and inquire of her.” They called Re·bek′ah and said to her: “Will you go with this man?” She replied: “I am willing to go.”

I want to include this other point because I recently read a series of articles that talked about forced marriage of women, often times minors, and how their families go so far as killing them when the brides refuse to uphold the arrangements.

It is striking that around 4,000 years ago women like Rebekah who belonged to her culture enjoyed a right denied to some modern women today.

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