The Story of the Servant His Ten Camels And The Maiden
Today’s exhortation is inspired by the story of Rebekah and how Abraham’s servant found her. There is a lot to learn from the story of Abraham’s eldest servant, Rebekah and the camel-test; Rebekah showed how God wants us women to behave. We all can learn one or two things about Rebecca and the ten camels test.
Genesis 24: 10-14
“And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
And he made his camels kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.
And he said O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day and shew kindness unto my master Abraham. Behold, I stand here by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.”
The above scripture shows how Abrahams servant Eliezer prayed and gave the conditions for choosing Isaac’s wife. Imagine the difficult the conditions seemed, and you know it will be difficult to get someone like Rebecca in this present “civilized” world, where many seem to look out for themselves only.
Furthermore, before you continue the story, please note that Rebekah is not a servant in her own home, she wasn’t poor as many might think her poor background is the reason for her humility.
“And it came to pass before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. The damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
The servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.
And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.
And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.”
In verse 15 all through to 20 showed what Rebekah did after the servant asked for water. She not only gave him water but offered to give the camels water. One camel drinks about 200 liters of water in three minutes, now imagine how much water Rebekah had to fetch for the ten camels, while the servant watched on.
Basically, the servant wants a maiden with the fruit of the spirit; Galatians 5:22-23 “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Rebekah showed all these traits in the camel-test; do you possess the fruit of the spirit?
Every child of God needs to possess the fruit of the Spirit; the world is already cruel and dark enough; they need the children of God to show them the light.
As Christians, it is not enough to introduce yourself as a Christian; let your action speak for you. You don’t need to inscribe “I am a Christian” on your forehead before people know you are a Christian.
Secondly, miracles come in unsuspected packages; when Messiah came to save us from destruction, He came as a carpenter’s son, and his people did not believe he is the Messiah. Sometimes, we pray for answers but refuse to see these answers because they came unexpectedly. In other words, Rebekah never knew her life was about to change; probably other maidens underrated the servant because they saw him as a mere servant, but Rebekah didn’t.
I have seen Christians act politely to selected few; this is not the true way of a Christian. You need to shine your light for all to see, irrespective of their social status, financial status, or race.
Moreover, if you love God, you will love His creation, and shun prejudice and discrimination. You never know whom God will send to you.
Furthermore, do not be tired of doing good; let good deeds be your lifestyle, and do not expect rewards from men. If you are nice to people just because of what they can give you in return is no longer acceptable before the Lord. Let God do the rewarding, and not men. Our heavenly Father knows what you need per time; men can only thank you, but they cannot give you what you need except God directed them to do it.