Summary of passage: Rebekah ran home and told all what had transpired. Laban, Rebekah’s brother, ran out to the servant to bring him to their house. So the servant, his men, and his camels were brought to Rebekah’s house and provided for. The servant told them his story, how he came there seeking a wife for Abraham’s son, and how Rebekah had been the girl to answer his prayer to God.
Laban and Bethuel agreed that this was God’s will so they let Rebekah go. The servant showered them with precious and costly gifts for the dowry. The next morning Laban and Bethuel tried to delay the trip but they left immediately on Rebekah’s acquiescence. The family blessed Rebekah and sent her on the long journey to Canaan.
Isaac whom we can assume had been praying for a wife as well greets the return party, hears the tale of the servant, and marries Rebekah.
9a) Deuteronomy says to not intermarry with unbelievers for they will turn you away from God to other gods and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and destroy you. Paul says in Corinthians not to be yoked to unbelievers for they have nothing in common. Paul here was probably talking about the false teachers. This verse has been extrapolated to the marriage realm but note Paul does not say marriage nor is he speaking about marriage prior to or after this passage. See my post HERE with regards to this same question.
b) Verse 50 when Laban and Bethuel acknowledge the servant as from the Lord and give him Rebekah “as the Lord has directed” in verse 51.
10a) He faithfully told the story to Rebekah’s family about how Rebekah had passed God’s test. When the family agreed to give Rebekah to him, the servant “bowed down to the ground before the Lord” (verse 52). He says that “the Lord has granted success to my journey” in verse 56. Everywhere you turn in this passage, the servant acknowledges God and gives Him all the credit.
b) Isaiah 48:11 is God talking and He says (if you read verse 10 as well) that He tests us for His own glory. Not sure how that speaks about attitudes of the people unless you assume the people God directs understand this.
1 Corinthians tells us God chooses the lowly ones so that they have nothing to boast about except for Him. We should boast in Him. Give Him the glory. So we should humble ourselves and when we achieve it is because of God alone. He chose us.
11a) He gave Rebekah a gold nose ring, two gold bracelets, gold and silver jewelry, and articles of clothing. He gave costly gifts to her brother and mother.
b) Rebekah hears the story of how she was chosen from the servant (verses 34-49) and God is everywhere in the story. Laban and Bethuel agree “this is from the Lord” (verse 50) and willingly give her to the servant. The servant gave a huge dowry (verse 53), which gave credibility to the servant’s story. He came prepared to bring home God’s chosen wife for Isaac. The servant was eager to leave (verse 56)–to fulfill God’s purpose.
c) A father desires a bride for his son. Abraham for Isaac. God for us. A son was dead and then raised from the dead. Isaac and Jesus. The bride is chosen for marriage before they knew it (Ephesians 1:3-4). Rebekah and us. The bride is divinely chosen, called, and then lavished with gifts. (Revelation 19:7-8) Rebekah and us. She is entrusted to the care of the servant before she meets her bridegroom. Rebekah and us.
Conclusions: The best part of this story is the heart of the servant. I would wager he was probably treated well by Abraham but servants in ancient times had extremely rough lives and had no social status nor class. They were nothing in the eyes of many. So the willingness of this servant to serve his master is a great picture of how we are to serve the Lord. Everything is credited to God. The servant is merely the instrument in God’s work.
This is how we should approach life. God uses us to accomplish His purposes but so often our pride negates this or gets in the way.
Love the parallel to Jesus’s life in the questions. He served his Father for us. Incredible to ponder how we were chosen, brought, and loved by Jesus to God like Rebekah to Isaac. Great stuff!
I’m not sure why we have the question 9a. It does pertain to this lesson but I can’t say which way BSF is leaning. If you read my post HERE, you will see a huge debate we had on my blog. The only thing I wanted to add was the reference to Deuteronomy we had to look up. This reference to me is null and void today since it is under the Old Covenant that Jesus shattered with his death. So in terms of marriage today, I believe this doesn’t apply. Marriage to Rebekah, yes. Today. no.
I’m saying this question is only in reference to Rebekah and it is here in order for us to understand the lengths Abraham took to find Isaac a wife and why (because God outlawed it). Any extrapolation to today’s time should be done with caution.
Interesting reads I found: Simple read of the church as the Bride of Christ:
Great commentary on all of Chapter 24: http://bible.org/seriespage/how-find-godly-wife-genesis-241-67