Jacob arrives in Paddan Aram and meets Rachel.
3) Jacob arrives at the well near Laban’s house.
- Jacob met his future bride at the well where Laban’s daughter Rachel came to water their sheep. Abraham’s servant met Rebekah at the well where she watered their sheep.
- Rachel arrived at the well shortly after Jacob, just as Rebekah arrived soon after Abraham’s servant arrived and prayed.
- Jacob saw that Rachel was beautiful, and the servant saw that Rebekah was beautiful.
- Eleazar, Abraham’s servant, watched as Rebekah worked hard for an hour, watering all his camels. He then presented Rebekah with gifts.
- Jacob showed his kindness (and his strength) by rolling the stone away from the well so the flocks could drink. So, he watered her sheep, whereas Rebekah watered the servant’s camels.
- Jacob kissed Rachel and wept loudly but presented her no gifts. She ran and told her father, Laban, that Jacob, Rebekah’s son was there. Laban ran out to meet him, embraced and kissed him, and brought him into the house. Years earlier, Laban also ran out to meet Eleazar, Abraham’s servant.
- Jacob stayed with Laban for one month. He wasn’t in a hurry to leave because Rebekah said she would send for him when it was safe to return (Genesis 27:45). Since Jacob did not bring a dowry, he agreed to Laban’s offer to work for seven years in return for her hand in marriage.
- Eleazar presented Laban with a large dowry. After spending only one night there, he asked permission to take Rebekah and return to Abraham. Since Rebekah agreed, Laban consented to let them go.
4) God’s providence
Providence is (1) a manifestation of the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures; an event ordained by divine direction. (2) Foresight; care; especially, the foresight and care which God manifests for his creatures; hence, God himself, regarded as exercising a constant wise prescience. (Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary via biblehub.com)
Jacob arrived at the well where other shepherds were waiting. They knew Laban’s family and said, “see, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep!”
He needed time away from his family to become a man and a man of God.
5) God’s provision and guidance
Challenges, frustrations and delays seemed never-ending last year and early this year.
We determined to trust God when it looked like nothing was falling into place, then last week in two days, a difficult situation changed.
The story is too complex to tell, but something came together that unexpectedly supplied three of our needs and solved unforeseen challenges for four others—all because we felt prompted to email an inquiry. Once the ball started rolling there was one “you won’t believe this, but. . .” after another.
I so love to see win-win solutions and this is a win, win, win, win, win!
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