Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 24) Commentary



Abraham was now very old,
 well over 100 years and the Lord had blessed him in every way fulfilling His promises He said to the senior servant in his household, likely Eliezer, who would have inherited Abraham’s estate had Isaac not been born (Gen 15:2) the one in charge of all that he had, A trusted servant  “Put your hand under my thigh. This is a curious method of swearing an oath, but it demonstrates a the servants submission. It has also been conjectured that the hand was placed under the thigh because it was close to the covenant of circumcision.  I want you to swear by the Lord, It is serious, if not dangerous to swear by God. For the implications of this, see Matthew 5:33-37  that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, because the Canaanites were corrupt  but will go to my country and my own relatives whom he felt were better suited, and likely with the guidance from the Lord

The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Being bound to the oath, the servant did not want to fail it Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from? To show that indeed he was searching for a wife

“Make sure that you do not take my son back there,” Abraham said.  Under no circumstances was Isaac to go. Abraham believed in the promise of God, that Isaac would inherit the land they were in, and he did not want Isaac to wonder from his inheritance.

If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine.   Therefore the servant would not suffer the repercussion of not keeping an oath he made before God.

Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. For dowry

Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. The servant is right to call upon God for guidance, and likewise prays on behalf of his master. Too often we pray selfishly; We should serve God as this man served Abraham. We should obey the Lord in what He asks of us, and pray His glory is seen through us.

 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’ This would demonstrate kindness, compassion, diligence, industriousness, servitude, humility, gentleness, willingness, love—traits we should all possess and admire

Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out How quickly God can work when we abide by his Will!  After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” Drawing water for ten camels was no easy task;

Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord  Ask and it shall be given; the servant was grateful for success; He witnesses the power of God to Laban and his family, and how he was guided to Rebekah; Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the Lord; we can say nothing to you one way or the other. They were convinced by the servant’s witnessing, and submitted to the Will of God.

When they got up the next morning, he said, “Send me on my way to my master.” As agreed upon; Let us go to Christ, our master  But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so; then you may go.”  Only yesterday they were ready to submit to God, yet today they are hesitant. Commit to Christ, and do not falter.  But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the Lord has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master.”  This is God’s Will, do not fight against it; Those who hold anyone back from Christ do so at their own peril.  Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.”  Perhaps expecting her not to agree.

“I will go,” she said. Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1) Rebekah in faith went to Isaac, and loved him. Will you go with Jesus?


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