Isaac And Rebekah Are Married

How do you think you would have felt if a man showed up on your doorstep one day and said he had been sent by his master to ask you to marry his son. You had never seen this man before he began to talk to you and he was weary from traveling many days to reach your town. What do y … More

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Rebkeh’s father and brother (Bethuel and Laban) said, “the Lord has done this. We have no choice in this matter. You can take Rebekah with you to marry your master’s son (v. 50)."  The servant took every advantage that he could to share about Isaac and to invite Rebekah to give herself to this unseen man who was dwelling far away (vv. 50-57). However he did not use any high pressure tactics and neither did he attempt to coerce or force her to make a decision. Rebekah could have had a hundred reasons why she should say no to the invitation of going to be Isaac’s wife. She could have said, “It is too far from home” or “I don’t want to give up my present life-style.” However there were no excuses, she simply said, “I will go” (v. 58). At that point her mother and brother did ask the servsnt if they could wait a week before leaving and the servant said, “Don’t make me stay any longer, now let us return (vv. 55-56).”

Immediately after her big decision to go she started her long journey to meet the bride groom.  Rebekah was not left to stumble along as best she could but the servant was there to guard and guide her every step of the way (vv. 59-61). Every provision was made to bring her safely to her new home. The more she learned about Isaac the more she yearned to meet him. At first He was just a name but gradually she became more anxious to meet him face to face. As the journey progressed the less she thought about her past and the more she longed to see him.

At his same time Isaac was waiting in his father’s presence until the appointed time when he could go forth to meet his bride. The time must have seemed long, but finally the great day came when Isaac went to meet his bride and escort her home (vv. 62-67). Today the Lord Jesus is waiting at God’s right hand. One of these days the time of waiting will be over and He will arise and go forth to meet His bride which consists of us who know and are anxious to be with Him.

Application

Just as the servant guided and protected Rebekah the Holy Spirit guides and protects me as I commit myself to Christ. As I journey through this life I can be sure that He will see me safely home.

Genesis 24:50-67 (English Standard Version)

Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, "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." When Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the earth before the LORD. And the servant brought out jewelry of silver and of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments. And he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. When they arose in the morning, he said, "Send me away to my master." Her brother and her mother said, "Let the young woman remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go." But he said to them, "Do not delay me, since the LORD has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master." They said, "Let us call the young woman and ask her." And they called Rebekah and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" She said, "I will go." So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham's servant and his men. 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 him!" Then Rebekah and her young women arose and rode on the camels and followed the man. Thus the servant took Rebekah and went his way. Now Isaac had returned from Beer-lahai-roi and was dwelling in the Negeb. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel and said to the servant, "Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?" The servant said, "It is my master." So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

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