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Verses 15-22

III. The Identification Made

"And it came to pass before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the fountain, and filled her pitcher, and came up. And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Give me to drink, I pray thee, a little water from thy pitcher. And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw for thy camels also, until they have done drinking. And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw and drew for all his camels. And the man looked stedfastly on her, holding his peace to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not. And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold."

The servant had prayed; and God answered his prayer, even while it was upon his lips, "before he had done speaking." The woman before him having fulfilled in its entirety the conditions he had proposed, he at once sealed the choice of Rebekah as the wife of Isaac.

"For her ..." (Genesis 24:22). Although it is not definitely stated here that he gave Rebekah the priceless gifts, it is fully implied by these stated words, and confirmed later on when the cupidity of Laban was apparently aroused by seeing them upon Rebekah's person. The giving of these gifts indicated that the servant recognized the hand of God in the episode and that he received it as the full and complete answer to his prayers. On behalf of Isaac, he chose Rebekah then and there, and her selection, therefore, dates from the moment of her meeting the water test and receiving the golden gifts.


When the believer is baptized "into Christ," he is then and there endowed with full status as a saved and redeemed person, receiving the forgiveness of all previous sins, the special earnest of the Holy Spirit, and an "inheritance among the saints of light."

As in the case of Rebekah, however, there are further conditions yet to be met before the saved shall take up residence with their Saviour eternally. Intimations of these will appear in the next section of this narrative.

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