Rebekah’s Giving – Doing the Math

Rebekah's offer of water for multiple camels took hours to fulfill.  The rewards were huge.  Photo by

Rebekah offer of water for multiple camels took hours to fulfill. The rewards were huge. Photo by

Genesis 24 tells the story of Rebekah standing by a well in a small town when a stranger approached and asked for a drink.  She said yes. Verse 19 continues, “And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” Let’s look at the math of her offer. One camel can drink twenty gallons, so ten can consume two hundred gallons. Two hundred gallons drawn with a five-gallon jar, equals forty trips back and forth to the well. Forty trips at three minutes each, equals two hours of hard work – for a stranger. Think about it: Rebekah showed uncommon kindness to a stranger, and became the bride of Isaac and an heir to Abraham’s fortune.

Rebekah must have good shape to be able to draw from a well and pour that kind of water, possibly in hot temperatures. She also offered more than the minimum. She didn’t have a “What’s the least I have to do here?” mentality. She had the gift of hospitality and went to great lengths to extend this effort.

The Biblical principle is that we determine the level of which we receive by the level at which we give. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 NIV.

For Rebekah’s hospitable efforts, her loved ones got blessed too. After Abraham’s servant revealed who he was, he brought out gold and garments and gave them to Rebekah. Then he added gave precious gifts for her family. The rewards of our generosity often overflow and touch the lives of those around us.