A Bride for the Lord's Son
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Genesis, chapter 24. We would like to think with you about this chapter in its typical relationship. You are aware that there are several ways to study the Word of God. One is by interpretation. That is, we can read a certain passage of Scripture and interpret it, let it say exactly what it says, nothing more, nothing less. Then we can study the Word of God by way of application. For example, we can take certain things that occurred in Abraham's life and apply them to situations in our own lives and profit by Abraham's experience.

For another example, the book of Ecclesiastes is a book which describes the experiences of a man who decided he wanted to live it up. He tried everything in the world. He experienced everything there was to experience and came to the end of it, and he said, “Nothing is worth anything but a person's relationship to God.” If that were written in the New Testament, he would be saying as the Apostle Paul did, “I count all things but dung, I count all things but refuse, that I might win the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Learning Through Experience of Others

Sometimes young people assume that they will be better Christians if they dabble in sin and if they live in the world. They say, “I can know how the other half lives, and I will be a better witness and give a better testimony.” There never was a bigger lie of the Devil than that. You do not have to do that sort of thing to give a better testimony. You do not have to do that sort of thing to have a good influence. If you want to know how a drunkard feels, you do not have to get drunk. Just read the book of Ecclesiastes, and you will find out how a drunkard feels. If you want to know what riches will do to the man when he puts all his love and emphasis on them, you do not have to tell the Lord to excuse you while you make a lot of money so you can see how a rich man does. Just read the book of Ecclesiastes.

That is application of the Word of God. Then there is the typical teaching of the Word, where certain incidents and certain individuals are types of spiritual truths. One of the most refreshing and encouraging methods of studying the Word of God is through the study of types. It is call typeology .

Chapter 24 of the book of Genesis is a romping ground (and I say that reverently) for those who are interested in the study of types. It is rich, and it is fruitful. I trust that we may be able to point out some of those thngs to you.

To refresh your minds, may we remind you that chapter 24 of the book of Genesis is the story of how Abraham, an old man, was desirous of obtaining the right kind of wife for his son Isaac, and how he commissioned his servant, Eliezer, to go back to the land from whence he had originally come to find a person of like thought and like manner for a wife for his son. Eliezer undertook this difficult commission prayerfully, and went off to the designated land and found a wife and brought her back to Isaac.

That is the story very simply, but it typifies some wonderful spiritual truths, as I think we will be able to see if we keep in mind the types as I suggested them to you.

Human Experiences to Teach Spiritual Truths

You will remember that I said Abraham is a type of God, and Eliezer, his servant, is a type of the soul-winner. He is a type of the Christian witness. He is a type of the individual who should be faithful in giving out the news of Christ. Then I reminded you that the angel who Abraham promised would go before Eliezer and prepare the way is a type of the Holy Spirit. Rebekah, the young woman who eventually became the wife of Isaac, is a type of the individual who accepts the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior through our personal witness and who returns to the Lord Jesus Christ along with us.

You will remember that the last paragraph in the chapter told how Isaac went out into the fields to meditate. Eliezer and Rebekah were on their way home, and they saw him as he came out to meet them, and they had a blessed time of fellowship together.

That is the story as we recognize Abraham…a type of God; Eliezer…a type of the Christian witness; the angel…a type of the Holy Spirit; Rebekah…a type of the one won to Christ; and the final type that we will bring to your attention, Isaac…a type of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Outline of Genesis, Chapter 24

I might suggest a little outline of this chapter to you, because it is a long chapter. There are 67 verses in the chapter. We will not take the time to read the whole chapter, but I would like to give you an outline so you will know where we are as we point out these truths to you.

I am going to suggest to you that the first nine verses of the chapter represent the commission…the soul-winner's commission.

Then, in the paragraph which begins with verse 10 and continues through verse 26, we have the soul-winner's compliance.

The next paragraph which begins with verse 27 and continues through verse 56, the rather long portion of the chapter, is the sinner's consideration of the invitation. The invitation is given, and the sinner considers the invitation before he accepts it. You will find this portion, verses 27 through 56, a repetition. Eliezer recounts everything to which we were eye witnesses as we read the first part of the chapter.

Then beginning with verse 57, and concluding with verse 67, the end of the chapter, we have the final choice that is made. Many people, as we are well aware, consider the invitation and never make the choice. There are going to be many people in Hell who heard the Gospel, who understood it thoroughly and gave serious consideration to it, but who never made the final choice that made them believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We will go back over the chapter now, having suggested this brief outline, and notice some things that are types of responsibilities delegated to each one of us as a soul winner.

The Commission to God's Witness

In the first few verses of the chapter Abraham called in his servant, Eliezer, to give him the commission. In verse 3 he said:

Genesis 24:

3And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
4But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

The emphasis in these two verses is placed on the commission to go. You know, we have the idea that we all ought to sit in our church pews, and we all ought to rejoice when people walk down the aisles and make their profession of faith in Christ. I have said before something that some people misunderstand, but I keep on saying it because even though they misunderstand it and think I am wrong, I do not think that I am. I think I have Scriptural background for what I am saying. It is this: God never intended that people be saved in church! That does not mean that they are not, and it does not mean that He does not by His grace reach down in mercy and save them. But God intended that when Christians meet together to feed on the Word of God, they should become strong, stalwart Christians. He intended for those Christians to go out and witness and tell the story of Christ.

I never preach that I do not make the way of salvation plain, so that if there is some unsaved person there, he may be saved. But I never address my ministry in regular church services to the unsaved. I address it to believers, because believers need to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sometime when you have time, notice in the resurrection story how many times the word go is mentioned. The Disciples were quite content to stay right there with the Lord, but the message was go ! Here, it seems to me, is the important lesson about this section of Scripture. Lookat verse 5:

Genesis 24:

5And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?
6And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.

God had led Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldees, and He sent Eliezer back to that land where sinners were to bring the sinner out of the land to Christ. But the servant said, “Suppose the individual will not leave? Shall I bring Isaac down there?” Abraham said, “Under no conditions do that. Do not lower your standard.” Here is a standard. You bring people up to the standard. Do not lower the standard to meet the needs of the people. Do not ever do that.

Striving to Meet Christ's Standards

Here again, though I do not want to be making overmuch of a simple thing, nowhere in the Word of God are we told to bring Christ to the people. We are told to bring the people to Christ. There is a program…a national program…which is well intentioned, and the messages for the most part are fairly fundamental, but the slogan is Bringing Christ to the Nations . That is not what we are to do. We are to bring the nations to Christ, because the demands of salvation cannot be lowered to meet the low standards of the people who are not willing to change their ways and their ideas to meet the requirements that Christ has set down.

One of the things…and I think we can all recognize it…that is wrong with present day Christendom is that we have brought the Lord Jesus Christ down to the level of men instead of bringing men up to the level of Jesus Christ.

Men Try to Lower God

In the first chapter of the book of Romans we are told that at one time the whole world had the knowledge of God. Instead of changing their lives to fit into the picture of God that was plainly presented in the Word of God, the Word of God says they did not want to retain God in their knowledge. That is, they did not want to hold that kind of picture of God in their lives, so they took God and they changed Him.

First of all, they changed Him into normal man. “That was not too bad,” someone says. But they didn't stop there. They changed Him into the fowls of the air. “Well, that isn't so bad.” Then they changed God to a four-footed beast, and finally they wound up by changing the image of God into a creeping thing, a reptile. They brought God down just as far as they could.

So as Abraham said to Eliezer, God says to you and me, no matter what the cost is and no matter how dangerous the situation is, don't lower the standards. I wish we could remember that, because many, many people have attempted to lower the standards, especially where numbers are concerned. They have attempted to lower the standards in order to reach the masses. I want to suggest to you that when you lower the standards to reach the masses, you do not have anything to offer them when you get down to their level.

God's Standards Need No Changing

Let us go on with our thinking in the typical presentation of this chapter. In verse 7, Abraham told Eliezer why it is never necessary to lower the standards, why it is never necessary to meet the conditions of men.

Genesis 24:

7The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake Unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
8And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.

We suggested to you that the angel is a type of the Holy Spirit. Why don't you have to lower the standards? Because the Holy Spirit will go before, that is why. Abraham said, “The same voice that called me out of that land of idolatry will send the Holy Spirit before you. He will prepare the way, and you will not have to lower the standards.”

Will you remember that it is “not by might, nor by power, but it is by my Spirit, saith the Lord.” All too many of us fail to remember that the Holy Spirit will go before us, and we think we have to do all of this in our own strength, that we have to do all of this in our own power.

Responsible for Witnessing

Eliezer is typical of you and me. He had a question for Abraham, the same kind of question that you and I have asked of God sometimes. “But suppose it does not work? Suppose it does not work? I have prayed, and I have prayed, and I have prayed, and nothing happens. What then?” Listen to what Abraham said to Eliezer in verse 8:

Genesis 24:

8And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.

Once more I would like to emphasize something that could be misunderstood if you do not listen carefully. It is something that I emphasize much. Nowhere in the Bible are you told to be a soul-winner. You are told to be a witness. You say, “Well, doesn't the Bible say, 'He that winneth souls is wise'?” Yes, it does, and the person who is in the soul-winning business is in a wise business. But you are told to be not a soul-winner, but a witness. The commission that was given to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in verse 8 of the first chapter of Acts does not say, “Ye shall be soul-winners for me,” does it? It says, “Ye shall be my witnesses.” Do you know why it says that? Because (and we see it all about us) people are so anxious to do the works that only the Spirit of God can do, they leave the Spirit of God out. They put in human efforts, and many people are counted as having been won for Christ when a work of grace has not been done in their hearts, and nothing real has been accomplished. Our churches today are full of people who have walked down the aisle and entered the baptismal waters and have had no work of grace performed in their hearts, because we were more interested in winning than we were in witnessing.

Notice what Abraham is saying: “If this woman is not willing to follow you, then you are clear from your oath.” You are not going to be held responsible for the souls you do not win, but you are going to be held responsible for the opportunities you miss to witness. Will you remember that? You are not going to ge held responsible for the souls you fail to win, but you are going to be held responsible for the opportunities you miss to witness.

Many, many times I have people come to me greatly burdened, nearly to the point of tears, and they will say, “I have never won a soul to Christ.” I always say this to them, “I am not interested in that. What I am interested in is whether you have ever witnessed for Christ. That is the thing I want to know. Have you ever witnessed for Christ? If you have witnessed for Him, then leave the winning to the Holy Spirit. He is able to get the name on the dotted line.”

I have often said that I think that if Heaven has any kind of bookkeeping system, it must cause the angelic bookkeeper to tear his hair in frustration because we make such a mess of it down here. I send a soul to Christ and I send up Number 1. They mark it down. Brother Jones over here at “Podunk Valley” witnesses to that same person, and he sends up a little note saying he has won a soul to Christ. The angelic bookkeeper says, “That makes two,” and the Bible says, “No, that is just one.” “Well, they have both sent up a report, and one and one are two.” “No, they are talking about the same man, and they are both trying to take the credit for it.”

Do you see what a problem there is? If we could just leave it with the Lord! He said, “The Holy Spirit will go before you. Don't you worry about it. You witness, and then you are clear from your oath.”

Complying With Commission

Look at verse 10. We find the servant beginning to comply with the commission, and oh, what a ready compliance it was:

Genesis 24:

10And 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.
11And he made his camels to 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.

Let's stop right there for a moment, because this servant did three things that were very, very wise. Every soul winner ought to learn them.

Preparation for Witnessing

First of all, he did not go out empty handed. You know, you will never be able to witness successfully for Christ unless you have something to offer the people to whom you witness. If you don't have anything more to offer them than they have, they are not interested. Where are you going to get what you have to offer them, when you feel so empty yourself?

Notice in verse 10: ”…all the goods of his master were in his hand.” Eliezer was the steward of the house, and everything that belonged to Abraham was at Eliezer's fingertips. Let us make the application. This is typical of the truth that everything that belongs to God is at your fingertips. You may not have a thing yourself to offer to anyone, but you have all the resources of Heaven to which you can draw their attention. All you need to do is to pull back the veil and give them a glimpse of what there is there. You won't ever have to worry about whether you have something better to offer them than what they have.

I want you to notice how practical Eliezer was. You know, soul winning is a delicate business. Witnessing for Christ is a delicate thing. It not only takes the resources of Heaven, but it takes good common sense. Did you notice that Eliezer did not take everything that his master had? He took just ten camels of all that his master had, and he loaded them down with gifts. He took a sample. When you are trying to witness for Jesus Christ, all you are expected to do is to give a sample of the storehouse of wealth that belongs to God.

One time I was conducting a meeting, and at the close of the meeting I had given an invitation, and a number of people had come down. I noticed one man was dealing with an individual who came down much later than anyone else. Everyone else had been dealt with and had received the Lord Jesus Christ and was up and gone. But this one man was still there. I waited a reasonable length of time, and I thought they might be having difficulty, so I eased up close where I could hear, as I thought I might be able to offer a suggestion. Much to my amazement this poor soul who only wanted to find Jesus…That was all he wanted. That was all he came for…was having to listen to one of the deepest theological discourses I have ever had to listen to. Finally, I tapped the shoulder of the man who was dealing with this person who was seeking, and I said, “Brother, let's not give the dear man spiritual indigestion. Have you told him about Jesus? Does he know how to be saved?” “Oh, yes, I told him about that, but I may never have another chance at him.”

You see, if Eliezer had taken all the wealth of Abraham, he would have been as impractical as that. He took just a sample, just enough to whet their appetites. We are going to see before we are through that he did not give them all that he took with him. He just took an extra supply because he did not know what he would run into.

A Place to Witness

I want you to notice in verse 11 how very practical he was:

Genesis 24:

11And he made his camels to 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.

What was Eliezer looking for? Of course we are making a spiritual application, but let's be rather practical. He was looking for a woman. If he were living today, I do not know where he might go. But in his day, if you wanted to find a woman, the best place to go was to the well, because the women had the job of drawing water. Every woman in that neighborhood would be out there drawing water. So he did not sit in his tent and say, “Oh, I wish I could find a woman that I could talk into being a wife for my master, Isaac.” He did not do that.

How many of us sit at home, or sit in our churches on Sunday, and say, “Oh, I wish I could be a soul-winner. I wish I could win someone to Jesus Christ. I wish I could have the privilege of telling people about Jesus.” Then they just sit. Well, if you want to tell people about the Lord Jesus Christ, you go out where they are. You will find them. There is no excuse for anyone's not being a witness for Christ. You go where they are, and you will have plenty of opportunities to witness.

Notice how practical he was. He went out at the time the women came to draw water. He had enough sense to do a little inquiring in the market place, “What time do the women come to water their stock?” And he said, “All right, I will be there.”

You know, many of us who say we want to be soul-winners really don't. We are just easing our consciences about that. We talk about how we want to be, but we really don't.

I remember a couple with whom I dealt who were to be married. They were concerned, they said, about whether they ought to be missionaries. They were really concerned about it. I said, “Well, what is your problem?” And they said, “We just do not know what the will of the Lord is.” I said, “We can settle that in no time at all.” “Wonderful,” they said. So I said, “Let's just get down on our knees and tell the Lord you want to go to the mission field.” Before they had a chance to object, because sometimes shock treatment is better than anything else, I got down on my knees and said, “Lord, these two young people here have something to tell you. They want to tell you, Lord, that they want to go to the mission field.” They said, “Wait a minute. We did not say that.” I said, “That is your problem. You are not trying to find out whether the Lord wants you to go. You don't want to go, and you are trying to ease your consciences by saying that you don't know what the will of the Lord is. If you really do not have any objection to going to the mission field, get down on your knees and tell the Lord that you are ready to go to the mission field and leave it up to Him. He will take care of it. If He does not want you to go, you can't go! If He wants you to go, He will put you there.”

You see, people talk about witnessing for Christ and wanting to be soul-winners, and most of the time they really do not want to. They never go out to the well where the women are, and they certainly do not go out at the time the women draw water.

Prayer Before Witnessing

With all of Eliezer's practical common sense, he recognized that he might be able to take the evidence that he had something, and he might be able to go out where they were, but he could not do it by himself. You will notice in verse 12:

Genesis 24:

12And 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.
13Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
14And 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.
15And 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.

Let's stop there for a moment. Did you notice what Eliezer did? He said, “Lord, I have done all I can do. I am here, and there is nothing more I can do. Lord, I do not even know which woman to approach. If I walk up to one of those women and ask her whether she wants to get married, I might get my head knocked off with one of those pitchers she carries. I cannot do that, Lord. I have to have some help now, as I have done all I can do. There is nothing more I can do. You have got to do the rest.”

Did you notice what else he said? He said, “Lord, I want to be sure it is the right one. So if the first woman that I ask for a drink of water (That was a very natural request, as he was a traveler and did not have anything to draw with.), says that she will give me a drink and says that she will water the camels also, Lord, I will know that is the one you have picked out.”

You see, he was asking for guidance. Do you ask for guidance in relation to your witnessing? Here again I want to say something I have said many times that is often misunderstood. I do not believe in promiscuous witnessing or promiscuous soul-winning. I do not believe in it. I do not believe in buttonholing every person you see and saying, “Do you want to come to Jesus?” I do not believe in that. I believe in getting down on your knees and asking the Holy Spirit to direct you to the right one. Listen closely to what I am saying: If the Holy Spirit directs you to the right one, you will never make a mistake. Oh, you may not see him make the decision. He may even get mad and tell you to mind your own business, but your effort will not be wasted if you ask the Holy Spirit to direct you.

You say, “Oh, you don't think you ought to hand out tracts?” I certainly do. But I do not think you ought to hand out tracts at random. I think if you have a little time to hand out tracts, you need to say, “Lord, I have got twenty minutes here, and I have got a pocketful of Gospel tracts. I know that I cannot hand them out to everyone in the city, and I know that not everyone I give them to is going to read them. But Lord, you let me give them to the right people.” You can do far more in the twenty minutes than you could in the whole day by yourself. You see, there is a need for prayer, and the Lord is able to direct. When the Lord directs, He does so in a marvelous way.

Answered Prayer

Notice verse 15:

Genesis 24:

15And it came to pass, before he had done speaking…

That is the way God does things. He did not have time to say Amen . The Holy Spirit tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Let's forget that Amen . Here comes that woman you have been praying about. If you take much time closing this prayer, you will miss her. Go get her!” Notice in verse 17 what he did:

Genesis 24:

17And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.

You see, he did not do as a lot of us do. We witness. In so many words we say, “The Lord Jesus Christ does not mean much to me, but I am going to witness because I am supposed to. I just wonder whether you are interested in something in which I am not very much interested myself.” That is the way most of us witness.

But not this man. He ran to meet her because he had asked God what to do, and he said “Can you give me a drink of water?” Notice in verse 18 how the Lord works:

Genesis 24:

18And she said, Drink, my lord…

She got all excited because he was excited:

Genesis 24:

18…and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
19And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.

Do you see how much more God does for us than we even ask him to? He said, “Lord, I am going to ask her for a drink, and if she says, ‘I will water your camels,' I will know she is the one.” But she said, “I will give them all the water they can drink,” and camels drink a powerful lot of water. They store it up, you know. “I will water them until they are done drinking,” she said. Notice in verse 20:

Genesis 24:

20And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.

She kept it up until the camels were well watered. Then in verse 21:

Genesis 24:

21And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

Isn't that typical? He was just standing there with his mouth wide open. He had asked the Lord to do this thing, and the Lord was doing it, and he just about dropped his upper teeth because the Lord was doing it. Isn't that the way we do? We ask the Lord to do something, and when the Lord does do it, we are so aghast at what He has done that we cannot even get the job done.

Did you notice what it says? He was wondering about her, and he held his peace. He had a little speech made up, but even forgot to tell her why he had come. He was so amazed at what the Lord had done. Finally, when things settled down:

Genesis 24:

22And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two Bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;
23And said, Whose daughter art thou?…

Remember, he took ten camels loaded down, but when he talked to her the first time he just took a golden earring and two bracelets. If anyone had looked at the camels, he would not have noticed that anything was missing. Eliezer did not try to give it all to her at once.

That is one of the mistakes we make in our witnessing. We try to make mature Christians out of people before they have even been born. We try to get them walking before they even get out of the womb. That is a big mistake. Eliezer gave just a little taste of everything that he had. He got all the information, and then in vere 26:

Genesis 24:

26And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.

The reason? Because she had said, “Come on home. We have room for you and room for your camels.” He knew she had bit on the bait, and he was content with that right then. She took the bait, the bracelets and the earrings, and said, “Come on home and talk to my mother and dad.”

But did you notice? He took time out to pray. Did you notice? In verse 26 he took time out to worship the Lord. You know, all the time you hear people say, “There is a time to pray and a time to work, and you cannot take time out to pray when you ought to be working.” Well, this man thought he had time to worship the Lord even in the midst of soul winning. Notice in verse 27:

Genesis 24:

27And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master's brethren.

I want you to circle in your mind, if not in your Bibles, that last statement. It is a wonderful one. The Lord has used it through the years for my own heart again and again. “I being in the way, the Lord led me.” The Lord cannot lead you if you are not in the way. People wonder about the leadership of the Lord. People wonder what the Lord wants them to do and all the rest of it. If they would just get in the way, there would not be any problem about His leadership.

Remember, he went down there to the well. He made all the preparation he could. That was being in the way, and because he did all he could, then the Lord led him. We see in verse 28 the consideration of the request:

Genesis 24:

28And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.
29And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.

He wanted some of what his sister had. Notice verse 30:

Genesis 24:

30And it came to pass, when he [Laban] saw the earring and Bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.
31And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.

Do you get the implication of these verses? Laban believed the man had something, and he could not wait for him to get on inside. Do you know why we have to force our testimony on most people? They don't think we have anything. They don't think there is anything worthwhile. But if you let folk know that you have something they don't have, and it is real, and they know it is real, they will come knocking on your door. You won't have to force yourself on them. They will say, as Laban said to this man, “Don't stand outside, man. Come on in here. We want to hear all about this.”

Asking for Decision

He told them the whole story. Beginning with verse 34 and going down through verse 48 is a repetition of what we have just been thinking about. It tells the story of how it all came about. Then in verse 49, Eliezer said:

Genesis 24:

49And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.

In other words, “I want to know.” He did not dilly-dally around. He did not say, “Now, I cannot press this question too soon, because I might turn them away if I do. I cannot press for a decision right now, because I might offend.” He did not pussy-foot or soft-pedal or straddle the fence. He said, “Now, I have presented all the evidence, and if you folk are not interested, I have got to go find a woman somewhere.”

That is what God expects you and me to do. He expects us to present the witness and to leave the decision to the individual. If they are not willing to comply with the decision, he expects us to go on somewhere else. In verse 50:

Genesis 24:

50Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.
51Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.
52And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.

Did you notice as we have gone through this chapter that there is not any persuasion in this thing? Eliezer was not like a lot of our modern day preachers. He did not have to sing the 4th verse of the 5th song to get people to walk down the aisles. There was not any over-persuasion. He just told the story and waited for the decision.

I wonder how much power of the Holy Spirit there is in our meetings today when it is necessary to sing four or five songs and exhort between every verse before anyone responds to the invitation. No persuasion here. Eliezer told the story. He waited on the Lord, and you will notice in verse 52…of all things…he took time out to pray again.

I am quite sure that if he were living in our day and associating with some of the people you and I associate with every day, they would say, “Why Eliezer, you are going to miss the opportunity. While you are on your knees praying, something will happen.” Well, he did not think so. You see, Eliezer believed the truth of the song that we sing and rarely believe, “Take time to be holy.” He knew you could not be holy without taking time.

In verse 52 he worshipped the Lord again and got a little more steam up. You see, the decision had not been made. Oh, everything was in favor of it, but the decision had not been made. Notice in verse 53 the wisdom of this servant:

Genesis 24:

53And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah…

He started out with a couple of earrings and couple of bracelets for her arm, but that did not convince her. So he really unloaded on her this time…jewels of silver and jewels of gold and a beautiful raiment. You know, he was not so selfish that he did not give a little to her mother and her brother, too. Sometimes we are intent on witnessing to one person, when there are a mother and a brother who would love to know the same Lord, and we do not even take the time to tell them. But Eliezer did. He gave them some of these precious things.

Satan's Interference

In verse 55 you see that the Devil has not shown his hand yet. Aren't you surprised? Fifty-four verses, and no sign of the Devil. When I read this for the first time I wondered where he was. Here he is popping up his head in verse 55. You can be sure he will be around somewhere. It might take a little time, but he will be there. In verse 55, we read:

Genesis 24:

55And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.

That is the Devil. “Now, don't press the girl. Don't be too hasty. These things take time. Just wait about ten days.” That is the Devil.

Hell is going to be filled with people to whom the Devil has said, “Not now. Not tonight. Wait awhile. Do not be in a hurry. Do not make your decision too quickly. Give it a lot of thought. Do not be hasty.” Thank God for this servant, Eliezer. In verse 56 he resisted the Devil. We have got to learn to resist him.

Genesis 24:

56And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the Lord hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.

“Don't stand in my way here. The Lord has been with me thus far, and I do not want you to throw a monkey wrench in the machinery. Let's get this thing finished.” Then they really got down to business in verse 57, and after, all, that is what they needed to do several verses back:

Genesis 24:

57And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth.

You see, her mother, her brother, and her daddy were all trying to make the decision. If you have not learned that yet, will you learn it? No one can make this decision but the person involved. There are mothers and fathers who make decisions for their children, and that is the reason those decisions fail when the children get old enough to do something about it. It is the mother and the father who make the spiritual decision many times, and not the child who makes it. Be sure that the individual makes the spiritual decision.

Accepting the Offer

And so, in verse 58:

Genesis 24:

58And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? [I love this.] And she said, I will go.

I daresay we have a right to read between the lines that she might have said, “I have been ready. I have been wondering what you were waiting for. I have been ready a long time.” You know, that is true so often. Sometimes we wonder about people, about their interest in spiritual things and their willingness to go on with the Lord. We think they are really hard, not yielded, and they are ready long before we are, if we had just asked the question a lot sooner. She said, “I will go.”

Meeting Christ

Notice in verse 59 that they sent Rebekah away, and they blessed her, and they asked God to bless her. In verse 61 we read:

Genesis 24:

61And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

This is typical of the experience all of us may have if we are faithful witnesses for Christ…returning home hand in hand with those we have won to Christ. What a privilege it is and what a blessing to be able to return hand in hand. One of these days, according to I Thessalonians, chapter 4, just as certainly as in verse 62 Isaac went out to meet the servant and Rebekah, the Lord Jesus Christ is going to come out to meet us in the air. The Bible teaches us that one of these days the Lord Jesus Christ is going to leave His place at the right hand of the throne of God and come down to the atmospheric heavens that surround this earth, and we are going to be caught up as nails are caught up to a magnet, and we are going to meet the Lord in the air.

Rebekah said, “Who is that man there?” And Eliezer said, “He is the one that you are going to marry. He is the one I have won you for. He is the one for whom I have made this journey.”

You will notice in verse 65 that the servant said, “It is my master,” and in verse 66 we read:

Genesis 24:

66And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.

The story comes to a close, and if we make the typical application, we have that precious privilege ahead of us when the Lord Jesus Christ comes out to meet us. With Him and with those souls to whom we have been able to witness and whom we have won for Christ, we are going to be able to spend a great deal of time talking about it all…how we have witnessed and how we have won, the problems we have had, and the blessings we have received. Part of our experience in Heaven is going to be related to what we have to tell the Lord Jesus Christ.

I have just one question for you: Are you going to have anything to tell Him?


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