ASV notes on Genesis 24:55-61 and questions

Witnesses and blessings

Own ideas

Rebekah’s mother and her brother Laban had their own ideas and plans and said; “Let the girl stay with us a few days—at least ten; then she may go” why did they say that, we can only speculate, may be that they wanted Eliezer to give them more of the treasures they knew he had.

Power of Witnesses

However, some of the family or all the family were also present and Eliezer replied; “Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away, so that I may go back to my master”. Eliezer reminded them that this was the work of God, YAHAWAH, the God, which name they all, knew. In addition, all the family of Nahor and Milcah had witnessed that Bethuel and Laban had promised to send Rebekah with Eliezer to become the wife of Isaac the son of Abraham.

The power of the Spirit

Laban was crafty and smart and with his mother he played his last card, they said; “We will call the girl and ask her what she prefers.” So they called Rebekah and said, “Will you go with this man.”  However Eliezer, trusting in God made the Spirit of God again take over and the girl said; “I will go” the girl was given to Eliezer and they started loading the camels and gave Rebekah’s  maid to go with her. 

Blessing

Then the family blessed Rebekah and said; “May you, our sister,
Become thousands of ten thousands,
And may your descendants possess The gate of those who hate them
.”

Children is a resource, they are a blessing and abortion is not only killing babies, it kills the blessing too

The blessings at that time meant having many children that also could have many children, children was the same as wealth, but also security for the old people in the family. The environment was hostile and you needed soldiers as defense, all male family members were being trained to defend themselves, their family and their territory. Blessings were also to grow into a strong army, “to possess the gate of their enemies.” The same goes for today, strong families means many children that keep together in teaching, helping and defending those who are in need, being there for each other.

Questions

  1. Do you know what the Bible says about abortion?
  2. What made Rebekah go with Eliezer?
  3. Do many children lead to poverty?
  4. Who should pick your partner in life?