From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“Note in Genesis 24: 49 that the chief servant of Abraham asks his hosts if they will deal kindly and truly with “my master”, not “with me”.  Only after he has been assured of their cooperation does he avail himself of their hospitality.  He was able to delay gratification long enough to “take care of business”.  It isn’t until verse 54 that the guests- “he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night.”  Abraham’s chief servant takes care of his personal needs and those over whom he had “charge” or authority, after he has taken care of his master’s business.

Note his dedication to task in the latter half of this verse wherein it says, “When they arose in the morning, he said, ‘Send me away to my master”.  He did not procrastinate.  He was aware that the job was only half complete.  Yes, he had identified the one God had chosen for Isaac; however, the marriage had not taken place.  Isaac still had no wife and only by delivering Rebekah to Isaac could he complete his task. The sooner he got started on his return journey, the sooner would he have completed his task.”

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