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.”


William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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