Friday, November 20, 2009

Rebecca and her water

There is an interesting Jewish custom in the kind deeds Rebecca displayed.

Genesis 24: 18She said, "Drink, my lord." And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. 19When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, "I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking." 20So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels.

The Jewish way of understanding this passage is like this:
After letting a stranger drink from her jar, Rebecca had to make a choice. She couldn't have taken the rest of the water home to give to the family after a stranger drank out of it. But it would be rude to the stranger if she spilled the water in front of him. So Rebecca told Eliezar that she would give water to the camels also, then pour the water into the trough. She wanted to maintain the dignity of the stranger. She genuinely cared about others. ( and animals at the same time)

I think she is quick to do the right deeds. She reminds me of Abraham.

I found similar commentary here. This website is not a Messianic but I think we can learn a lot from their way of understanding.

The roots still support the branches.

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