Vs.49- “And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me:”- The servant, addressing the whole family, but Bethuel and Laban in particular, says in essence, “Let me know at once if you will do this kindness and favor for my master Abraham.” He has stated his business and reason for being there and now wants to know what their decision is on this matter. He asks if they will deal kingly and truly with Abraham. The servant is not intimating that if they refuse to give Rebekah in marriage that they are being false and unkind. By asking if they will deal kindly with Abraham, he is asking if they will do this kindness and special favor for his master. The Hebrew word, אמת ('emeth), which translates ‘truly’ means ‘stability; figuratively certainty, truth, trustworthiness: - assured (-ly), establishment, faithful, right, sure, true (-ly, -th), verity.’ By asking if they will deal truly with his master, he is asking if he will give Abraham stability, certainty, and a promise that can be trusted concerning the issue of finding a wife for Isaac. For example, if a wife is said to be dealing truly with her husband then she is a wife who has established trust, certainty, and stability in the marriage.
“and if not, tell me: that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.”- The servant then says, “If you are not going to give Rebekah to Isaac in marriage then tell me so I can know which direction to go from here.” The servant has now given the message and the decision rests on the shoulder of the family. The servant needed an answer so that he could know what step to take next in his endeavor. This expression ‘turn to the right hand, or to the left’ can mean one of two things. 1.) If they said no, then he would seek out another woman of the kindred of Abraham. There were other options beside Rebekah. 2.) If they said no, the servant would return to Abraham and be loosed from his oath.
One-Line Explanation- The servant seeks an answer to his proposal concerning Rebekah.
Lesson: 1.) Seeking a response. The servant has come to the family and told them of his master’s desire to call out a bride for his son. The servant now brings them to a point of decision. He says, “If ye will, tell me: and if not, tell me.” The Holy Spirit, likewise, comes to us with the message of salvation from the Father. The Spirit tells us that it is God’s desire to make us a part of the bride of Christ. We are brought to a point of decision. Will we accept the Son’s proposal or will we deny the Son of God? God is in the business of bringing people to a point of decision. We too, as co-laborers with Christ, ought to be in the business of bringing people to a point of decision. It is our job as soul-winners to give out the Gospel and then shift the burden onto the listener and tell them of their need to make a decision concerning Christ. 2.) ‘Deal kindly and truly with my master.’ If Rebekah and her family accepted the proposal made then they were said to be dealing kindly and truly with the master. They would be showing him kindness and establishing a contract of trust and surety. It is God that shows us kindness and establishes surety of eternal life at the point of salvation. However, I would venture to say that the greatest kindness man can do for God is to accept the love gift of salvation. God receives glory and rejoices when a sinner comes to Christ for salvation. When we put our trust in Christ, we then become established and sure that death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom.8:38-39). 3.) ‘That I may turn to the right hand or to the left.’ The decision of the family determined the direction of the servant. He wanted to know their answer so that he could determine the next course of action to be taken. A.) Concerning salvation. The decision you make when the Spirit of God convicts you about your need of a Saviour will determine the direction of the Spirit. God’s Spirit will not always strive with man. You would do well to accept Christ when the Spirit is dealing with you. The old hymn says, “While on others thou art calling, do not pass me by.” To reject the Spirit of God is a dangerous practice. You are playing Russian roulette with your own soul. Your decision not only determines the direction of the Spirit, but the direction of your soul. The Bible says in Matt.25:31-46 that the Lord will separate the sheep from the goats. Matt.25:34- Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Matt.25:41- Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. You will notice that the sheep on the right hand went to heaven and the goats on the left hand went to hell. The two categories are separated by what they did when the Spirit came with a proposal to take the Son of God as their Saviour. B.) Concerning service. Once a Christian is saved, it is to be their daily lifestyle to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Whether or not you are an effective and useful servant in the kingdom of God will depend on how you respond to the leading of the Spirit in your life. The Spirit will lead you to give out the Gospel, to reconcile with those you are at odds with, to repent when you have sinned, and to give up worldly goods and comforts for the sake of the kingdom. Are you willing to follow the leading of the Spirit in your life? Let us determine to be Spirit-filled (Spirit controlled) Christians.