One of the things that i get annoyed with the way things are written in the Bible deals with the repetition. A huge majority of what is written in the second half of this chapter is simply a repetition / retelling of exactly what happened in the first half.
On the other hand, it is good seeing the complete honesty and frankness with which the servant poses the situation to Rebekah and her family. There is no mixing of words. There is no skirting the subject. There isn’t even any breaking it to the family slowly. It is what it is, and all that the servant seems to care about is the fulfillment of the promise. He has been sent on a mission. He is going to fulfill the promise, and he is not interested in excuses, comforts, or delays. Are we like the servant when God gives us a purpose / call / mission? Do we, knowing that God sent us to do it, try to break it lightly to those affected by it, or do we go after it like an arrow from a bow? Do we, like the servant, assume that because God has called us to do it, that He will make it happen, we just have to act?
I know that in many ways and many times i think more and long before i act. I hear God telling me, and then i process it and think about it, and try to figure it out before i do it. The servant’s focus was on fulfilling the promise and on nothing else. I need to start doing that more.
The other thing that i wanted to note. When Rebekah finally meets Isaac, there is a very different dynamic going on here in regards to marriage than that we see / understand in today’s world. Isaac meets her, and the servant tells him the entire story. Isaac then brings her into his mother’s tent, he takes Rebekah, and she becomes his wife. There are some interesting implications here. First off, the word for took is actually a compound word. It is more literally self-taking, or taking her to himself. So Isaac takes her into his mother’s tent, takes her to himself (intercourse) and thus she becomes his wife.
The very act of Isaac taking Rebekah was her becoming his wife. We see the same concept in Genesis 2 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” This was / is marriage. The very act of sexual intercourse is the very act of marriage. When a man and a woman have sex for the first time, they become one flesh, husband and wife. There is no ceremony, there is no priest (other than God). There is only man, woman, God, and the consummation or fulfillment. Now husband and wife.
So what does this say of us? How many times have we been married? Do we have more than one husband / wife? What now?