A man who served man and God

Genesis Bible Background

Old Testament: Gen 24.10–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 23–24 on January 9, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Abraham sent his chief servant to get a wife for Isaac. The servant gladly did as Abraham wanted and the two of them seem to have had a good relationship. However, the servant also served God, undoubtedly something that he had learned from Abraham, assuming that he had not previously known the Lord. When the servant went on his mission, and after arriving at the place where Abraham told him to go, watch what he did:

Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, for all his master’s goods were in his hand. And he arose and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor. And he made his camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water. Then he said, “O LORD God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink’—let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.”

– Genesis 24.10–14

This unnamed servant based his life’s work and this mission on the Lord. He believed that he would not succeed unless it was within the Lord’s will.


  • Do you base your life on the Lord’s will?
  • Do you pray to Him about the things that you have to do in life?

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