Genesis 24

Genesis 24 is a love story of sorts.  Abraham is getting old, and wants to make sure that his son Isaac has a wife so he can fulfill God’s promise of becoming a mighty nation.  So he calls in his main servant and makes him promise to go find that woman for Isaac in the homeland.  He didn’t want him marrying one of the locals – the Canaanites where they lived – as they were foreigners in their land.  He wanted Isaac’s wife to be from the old country.  So he makes his servant promise he will make the trip and find a bride. 

Of course the servant is a bit concerned about the outcome and the rules. “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land”.  He is looking for a way out of the deal – but Abraham insists and tells the servant that God “will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there”.  That helps the odds quite a bit for success.  So the servant takes off and heads to the homeland and before any searching begins, he stops to pray.  “Please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham”.  Are you catching the progression here? Before anything else happens – the servant lays his request before God.  We would do well to learn from that.

The servant lays out a list of things he will watch for – and a beautiful young lady comes to the well where the servant decided to do his looking.  He wanted to find a bride that was a worker, and also gracious and thoughtful at the same time.  So he tested Rebekah as she came to the well.  And she passed with fly colors – offering water first to the servant – but then offering to water the camels as well.  “The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not”.  His prayer to God had been answered so he was ready for phase two – the family.

Rebekah brings them home to her place so they can stay.  The servant asks for her hand for Isaac.  He tells the entire story of the interaction at the well and expresses how sure he is that she is the one.  Then the big question comes.  Will you let her return to become Isaac’s wife?  No hesitation – they say “The thing has come from the Lord; we cannot speak to you bad or good. Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has spoken”.  It was obvious that God had brought them and this was his plan.  They do ask for a 10 day period for her to get ready to travel, but the servant didn’t want to hang around – he was ready to take her home to Isaac.  So they asked and she was ready to go.  So off they went “and they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate them”!  They load her up on the camels and head home. 

Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming”.  Can you imagine what was going through his mind?  Prayer must have been a part of his normal routine.  But as he was out there in the field close to God praying – he sees the camels in the distance.  Here comes his bride.  So he heads off walking to meet them.  And Isaac gets the full story and then “Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her”.  The journey begins for Isaac and Rebekah.  They start their trek toward living happily ever after.  Abraham’s faith and wisdom are fulfilled as Isaac gets a wife.  And God’s plan is continued in motion toward creating a great and mighty nation!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Brad Kowerchuk on June 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Why was Abraham so insistent that his son not marry a Canaanite? What was it about them as a people that was bad (Genesis 9:25)? And, what was it about their way of life that offended God so much (Genesis 13:3, Leviticus 18:3)?


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