“Then Rebekah arose with her maids, and they mounted the camels and followed the man. So the servant took Rebekah and departed. ”  Gen. 24:61

We can see from verse 59 that Rebekah had a nurse, and now we see in verse 61 that she also has some maids which will be making the journey as well.  So in all there will be a caravan of fourteen or more* making the journey to Canaan, to Isaac.

What is worth pointing out is that Rebekah, despite having maids, went out to draw the water herself (v. 15).  Indeed if she did not, would the whole betrothal scene have transpired anything like it did?

From the text it is fairly obvious that Rebekah’s family was financially well off: multiple homes were mentioned; several men on short notice were accommodated with food and lodging, including their camels, etc.  Add to it the fact that Rebekah has maids and we can determine that she did not need to draw the water that day, or any day.  But still she chose to.

If we look back to Abraham, whom was known to be wealthy in all the land – we shall see this same thing.  In Genesis 22 Abraham was awake early, preparing the donkeys for the journey to Moriah, and even splitting the wood himself (v. 22:3).  Abraham had many servants – over 100 – and was even bringing two of them with him; yet he burdened himself with a large portion of the work though he did not need to lift a finger.

Followers of God are called to be servants; consider the words of Christ in Matthew 20:26-28:

“It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

*Abraham’s servant and his men, upwards of nine; Rebekah herself, her nurse, and at least two maids.