ASV notes on Genesis 24:10-14 and questions

How faith works

Long journey and ten camels

This was a long journey and Eliezer needed ten camels to carry all the things for the travel and for all the gifts to give the chosen bride. Eliezer and his servants after a long travel, probably months arrived outside the city where Nahor, the brother of Abraham, and his family lived.

Instead

Eliezer had learned from the life with his master Abraham not to trust any man. Eliezer could have inquired about Nahor and his family, but instead he asked God for help;

Prayer

And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham.Behold, I stand here at the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; now let it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please, let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and she replies, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels water to drink’—may she be the one whom You have selected for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.”

The answer

Eliezer believed that God already had piqued the girl for Isaac; the problem was how to find her and be assured it was the right girl. In the prayer of Eliezer the girl selected had to meet three conditions; 1 she had to be among those girls fetching water the first time Eliezer was present at the well. 2 When Eliezer asks for water, she let him drink from her jar. 3 And she also had to say, “I will also give your camels water to drink” It was actually no need for her to do that, they had 10 camels and probably 3 or 4 servants that could water the camels, but if she was the one, she should offer to do it.  God is not slow to answer, could be things that hinder the answer to come, but God’s answers are immediate, before Eliezer had finished talking to God; the answer was in front of him.

Questions

  1. Are God’s answers always the easy way?
  2. Can you trust men?

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