Genesis 24: 45-51…..Accepted on her behalf.

“Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her water jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I will give your camels drink also.’ So I drank, and she gave the camels drink also. Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose and the bracelets on her arms. Then I bowed my head and worshiped the LORD and blessed the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to take the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then, if you are going to show steadfast love and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.”
Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing has come from the LORD; we cannot speak to you bad or good. Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the LORD has spoken.”

Comment: We don’t know what conversation went on quietly in the background. We don’t know how much of a ‘brief’ summary this of an evening spent together but no sooner than the proposal is flat on the table that Rebekah’s father and brother accept it. She doesn’t appear to have been consulted but as we have read before she seemed very happy to cooperate at every stage. It causes us to stop and think. This decision was made about 3,000 years ago. The world’s history would have been much altered if Rebekah hadn’t gone to Isaac. It makes us think about making wise decisions as they have longterm effects.

Prayer: Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah!

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