Genesis Chapter Twenty Four part 4, A study of Genesis 24:17 & 18, Genesis 24:19 - 21, and Genesis 24:22 - 25 featuring our Common Man's Commentary

Genesis 24:17 & 18

"The servant hurried to meet her and said, 'Please give me a little water from your jar.' 'Drink, my lord,' she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink." NIV translation

Abraham's servant proceeds to test Rebekah to see if she is the woman that God has chosen for Isaac. He had prayed for the woman to give him a drink and she passed this first part of the test. She was beautiful but this tested her hospitality which is a sign of inner beauty.

Genesis 24:19 - 21

"After she had given him a drink, she said, 'I'll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.' So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels. Without saying a word, the man watched closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful." NIV translation

The second part of the servant's test had been to see if the chosen woman would water his camels. We see that Rebekah did so as the servant watched. He did not try to talk her into it or to make her fit into the test that he had prayed. He did so because he realized that it was only through the power of God that the proper marriage could be arranged.

Genesis 24:22 - 25

"When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels. The he asked, 'Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?' She answered him, 'I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milkah bore to Nahor.' And she added, 'We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night.'" NIV translation

After having it confirmed by her actions, the servant presented the gifts to her. He then asked to spend the night so that he could get permission from her father. This is a picture of the fact that God has chosen each and every one of us that accept Jesus Christ and become a part of the church which is His bride. When we do so, we are presented with gifts that mark us so that others can tell that we belong to Him. Thankfully, we do not all get our nose pierced but we are presented with internal gifts.