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Genesis 24 - THE PERFECT WIFE OR A DOMESTICATED DOORMAT? - Part 6

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Sermon shared by Ross Cochrane

June 2011
Summary: What is the Formula in the 50ís FOR THE PERFECT WIFE? Is Rebekah just a doormat? God loves her but everyone else seems to have a plan for her life. Ever feel like this? Abrahamís servant sees her as a mission, but will she have any say?
Audience: General adults
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Genesis 24 - THE PERFECT WIFE OR A DOMESTICATED DOORMAT? - Part 6

The Formula in the 50ís FOR THE PERFECT WIFE - get your work done, have dinner ready for your husband, look good for him, minimize any noise before he arrives at the door after work, be happy to see him, donít greet him with problems and complaints, donít complain if he is late for dinner, make him comfortable, listen to him and make the evening his (Was this designed by the PERFECT WIFE OR A DOMESTICATED DOORMAT?)

Now picture this scene found in Genesis 24. Abraham sends his servant with 10 camels and a sizable fortune in gifts to find THE PERFECT WIFE for Isaac. He asks God for a SIGN so heíll recognise who is the right girl. The sign? The girl who not only gives him water to drink from her jug but also offers to water his 10 camels will be the one. Rebekah makes such an offer. This is like having someone offer to fill up 10 EMPTY TRUCKS with petrol. Itís going to take a long time. But so far so good. She seems like the perfect wife for Isaac (not to mention that it will save him watering the camels).

He discovers a number of things about Rebekah at the well that day. She is BEAUTIFUL, SINGLE. She is CONFIDENT, WARM AND FRIENDLY despite the fact that he is a stranger. She calls him "lord" which was a way of showing RESPECT. She has a SERVANT HEART. Sheís THOUGHTFUL, CARING, CONSIDERATE, SELFLESS, willing to go the EXTRA MILE to help out. She puts the needs of others before her own. Sheís a FITNESS FANATIC (Carting all that water would keep anyone fit). Sheís STRONG AND HEALTHY. She is definitely NOT AFRAID OF HARD WORK. Sheís FLEXIBLE with her time. She is there to get water for her family but she goes out of her way to help someone else first.

Apart from this she has FAITH IN GOD and she is HOSPITABLE. She invites him to stay with her family.

Genesis 24:26-28 (NLT) says that the servant "≠bowed low and worshiped the Lord." As far as he is concerned, God has answered his prayer. He gives her some EXPENSIVE JEWELLERY including a nose ring and Rebekah runs home "to tell her family everything that had happened."

What would you do if your DAUGHTER COMES HOME LATE, wearing expensive jewelry and raving on about a man she has just met that evening? Iíd be a little suspicious if it was my daughter and Iíd want to get rid of the man. Not Rebekahís brother Laban. Heís the head of the family but he is also a business man so when he SEES THE JEWELLERY that Rebekah is wearing all of a sudden this servant becomes HIS BEST FRIEND. In Genesis 24:31 he says "Come in, blessed of the Lord! Why do you stand outside since I have prepared the house, and a place for the camels?"

Just before the evening meal the Servant explains how he asked God for a sign and that he thinks that Rebekah is Godís choice for Isaac. He lays it on the line "Please tell me yes or no, and then Iíll know what to do next." (I knew a girl once who said she knew that it was Godís will that she marry a friend of mine. Strangely, God didnít tell him too and he ended up marrying another girl). Is this man being EMOTIONALLY MANIPULATIVE or has he really heard from God?

Laban and his father Bethuel believe in God and when they hear of how the servant received a sign from God, they say, "The Lord has obviously brought you here, so there is nothing we can say. Here is Rebekah; take her and go. Yes, let
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