47 “I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’
“She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’
“Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms, 48 and I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son. 49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”
50 Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other. 51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the LORD has directed.”
In today’s reading, Abraham’s servant continues his visit with Laban, brother of Rebekah.
Although earlier in the chapter, Rebekah’s relationship to Abraham was described, it is clarified for me here when the scripture says explicitly that Rebekah was the granddaughter of Abraham’s brother. This close kinship made her a desirable woman to become the wife of Isaac.
The servant asks Laban if he will show faithfulness to Abraham and allow Rebekah to go to Canaan with him.
Laban, Rebekah’s brother and Bethuel, her father, acquiesced immediately because the arrangement was according to the Lord’s direction.
It seems to me that it is always much better and simpler for us to follow the Lord’s directives.
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