Will You Go?

July 9, 2023

“Will You Go?” – Pam Gombert

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 54-58

So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant.  The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and donkeys.  And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old, and he has given him all that he has.  My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites in whose land I live,  but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife for my son.’

 “I came today to the spring and said, ‘O Lord, God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going!  I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,”  and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also”—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’

“Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’  She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels.  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 obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son.  Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.”

When they rose in the morning, he said, “Send me back to my master.”  Her brother and her mother said, “Let the young woman remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go.” But he said to them, “Do not delay me, since the Lord has made my journey successful; let me go that I may go to my master.”  They said, “We will call the young woman and ask her.”  And they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will.”