After God provided the ram on the mountain, Abraham named the place “The LORD Will Provide”, in Hebrew “YHWH (Yahweh, or Jehovah) Yireh” meaning literally “Jehovah sees, the LORD will see to it”. I like the thought that not only will God provide, but He sees. He sees what we need and meets our need.
Then, in Genesis 22:17-18, God added more to the promise He had made to Abraham. “‘indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.'”
First, in Genesis 12, God promised to Abraham that He would bless him and make of him a great nation. Then, in Genesis 13, He said that his descendants would be numbered like the dust of the earth. Next, in Genesis 15, God told him to look at the stars and try to count them~ “‘So shall your descendants be.'” Now, in Genesis 22, Abraham’s descendants would be numbered not only like the stars of the heavens, but also like the sand on the seashore. Wow.
Genesis 23 covers the death and burial of Sarah. She lived thirty-seven more years after the birth of Isaac, enjoying this son of her old age for awhile before dying at the age of one hundred twenty-seven. Abraham made sure to purchase a special burial spot for her, the field and caves of Ephron at Machpelah. We are told later in the Old Testament that Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Leah, and Jacob were also buried there. This site has been identified today as two caves located under a mosque in the center of modern Hebron.
Now, in Genesis 24, Abraham sent his most trusted servant back to the land of his relatives to find a suitable wife for Isaac. Abraham wanted a wife for Isaac who shared their faith in the One True God, and the surrounding people of Canaan did not.
Once again, Abraham was trusting God to provide. And his faith was shared by his servant, as we see in Genesis 24:12-14~ “And he said, ‘O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham. Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’; -may she be the one whom Thou hast appointed for Thy servant Isaac; and by this I shall know that Thou hast shown lovingkindness to my master.'”
The servant prayed a very specific prayer, fully believing God would hear it, see the need, and provide. And he prayed this prayer on behalf of another, his master Abraham. This is a good example of praying, trusting, and believing. He was in a strange land, tired after a journey of over five hundred miles, needing guidance from the One True God on behalf of another. Oh, that I would spend more time praying for others and less for myself.
As we read through the rest of Genesis 24, we are told that God answered his prayer exactly, providing the right wife, as well as safe lodging, and a safe return to Abraham and Isaac. God heard, saw, and provided once again. He is, and will always be, faithful and trustworthy.