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Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham's brother Nahor. The girl was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever lain with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again. 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. After she had given him a drink, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking." 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. Genesis 24:15-20
Basic insights about Rebekah
1. Rebekah was in the right place at the right time
Rebekah is described as coming before Eleazer can finish his prayer. God had appointed this moment for Rebekah and had set His plan in motion. Rebekah needed to be obedient to gain the most from God’s plan for her life. How many times have we been in the right place at the right time and missed the opportunity?
2. Rebekah was beautiful
When the Bible says that a woman is beautiful there is no mistaking the meaning. The writer means that the woman is beyond the typical sense of physical attractiveness. The moment the word very is added to beautiful, it takes on a whole new meaning. The words literally mean that the woman is drop dead gorgeous. There were only four women described as very beautiful throughout the Bible: Sarah, Rebekah, Bathsheba and an unnamed attendant to King David.
3. Rebekah was unmarried
Rebekah was single and had never been married. These were traits that were highly favored in Jewish society. The fact that she was unmarried also meant that she had not been pledged in marriage either. The word used to describe Rebekah is girl and likely refers to the fact that she was under the age of thirteen. Most marriage contracts would have been completed by that age.
Giving leads to greatness
Rebekah was rewarded because she gave more than was needed. The only thing that Abraham’s servant asked for was a drink of water for himself. Rebekah went above and beyond the moment that she offered to water the camels as well. The thing that most people forget is that it takes higher levels of effort to reach higher levels of blessing.
Let me clarify this statement. There is no way to earn grace or to develop a higher level of salvation. There are ways that we can gain additional blessings. We are blessed when we serve God and when we serve others. The more that we serve and do things out of a right spirit, the greater the blessing of God will be on our lives. We cannot earn blessings. The only way to enter into the blessing of God is to serve Him.
What would have happened if Rebekah had only given a drink to the servant? Nothing, she would likely not even be mentioned in scripture. The moment that she went above and beyond in her giving, she stepped into greatness. Rebekah was made great because of her generosity.
Be willing to go the second mile
One of the biggest issues of our society is that very few actually go the extra mile in anything. There are people who refuse to go the extra mile in their work. Couples refuse to go the extra mile in their relationships. Parents do not go the extra mile with their children. Students refuse to go the extra mile in their studies. The reality is that there is so much untapped potential in society and in the church that we fail often because we seldom give our all.
Service leads to significance
Rebekah made the choice to serve others that day so long ago. She invested her time, her effort and her compassion. Little did she know that her service would change her life. The service that she offered became an incredible moment in history. Rebekah is remembered because she rose above and beyond to lift others up.
By: David Dewitt, contributing writer
Pastor DeWitt is minister in southwestern Ohio and has been in full time ministry for over 10 years.He earned a B.A. in Religion with a minor in communication from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.