The Servant’s Account

Nov 1, 2015

וַתָּרָץ הַנַּעֲרָ וַתַּגֵּד לְבֵית אִמָּהּ כַּדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה׃

The maiden ran and told all this to her mother's household.

Genesis 24:28

וְעַתָּה אִם־יֶשְׁכֶם עֹשִׂים חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת אֶת־אֲדֹנִי הַגִּידוּ לִי וְאִם־לֹא הַגִּידוּ לִי וְאֶפְנֶה עַל־יָמִין אוֹ עַל־שְׂמֹאל׃

And now, if you mean to treat my master with true kindness, tell me; and if not, tell me also, that I may turn right or left.”

Genesis 24:49

When Rebecca arrives home ahead of her guest, she tells her brother Laban what has transpired. Laban welcomes the servant into their home, offering both man and beast provisions. The servant, however, refuses to eat until he has said his piece.

 

Noting his master’s great wealth and success, he relates to the family that he has been sent by Abraham to seek a wife for his son, Isaac, from among Abraham’s kin. He tells about his prayer, and the miraculously instant appearance of Rebecca. He says he asked her identity, and offered her the jewelry, ending with his prayer thanking God for His intercession.

 

Virtual Classroom Discussion

The Bible is known for not mincing words, yet here it includes a near-complete repetition of the events leading up to the meeting between the servant and Rebecca’s family! Why do you think that is?

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