I read the entire book of Genesis yesterday for one of my classes and ended up with a handful of questions.
My first set of questions I choose to research are from Genesis 24.
Here’s some background info: Abraham was getting old and wanted a wife for Jacob. He sent his chief servant to Nahor in hopes of finding a worthy women for Jacob to marry. While outside of the town with the ten camels, the servant prayed asking God to give him success on this journey. Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, came to the well outside the city to draw water and this is where the servant met her and asked for a drink.
Now when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, "I will draw also for your camels until they have finished drinking." So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran back to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels. Genesis 24:19-20 (NASB)
Here's what I found out:
A camel can drink up to 40 gallons of water before it is full.
The type of jar Rebekah was using most likely held no more than 3 gallons.
10 camels x 40 gallons of water = 400 gallons of water
400 gallons of water/3 gallons per jar = 133.333 jars of water
As a reference point - an averaged sized hot tub is about 450 gallon.
Drawing that capacity of water would have taken a good amount of time. Not to mention the time spent carrying the full jar to the trough, dumping it in, and walking back.
I want to be a humble, strong, and eager servant like Rebekah!