Isaac’s Wife is Found

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We are introduced to Rebekah’s brother Laban who on the surface was willing to pay lip service to God (v. 31) but without any real interest in spiritual things. When he heard about the gifts that Rebekah had received he became very interested and ran out to see the servant (vv. 29-30). Later on in Genesis Laban will appear again and his true character will be revealed. He remained a worldly sinner to the end of his days.

So Eliezer, the servant and his servants went into the house while the camels were unloaded and given straw and feed (v. 32). Then water was brought for him and his men to wash their feet (v. 33). When food was put in front of him, he said, “I won’t eat until I’ve said what I have to say and Laban told him to speak up. Eliezer then explained how he was Abraham’s servant and had been sent by his master to get a wife for his son Isaac. He recounted to Rebekah’s family his mission and God’s providence and that he was there to gain their permission and blessing to take her to Isaac. In that society a woman’s brother gave his sister in marriage, which explains why Laban, Rebekah’s brother, was the negotiator in this marriage contract (vv.34-49).

There are many Laban’s in Christendom today. Laban was so occupied with the servant and his gifts that he really had very little interest in Isaac. With Rebekah it was quite different. She was absorbed by the servant’s story and the more she heard the more she wanted to hear. Even though she had never seen Isaac she felt that she knew him. Already she gave her heart to him.


The more I become absorbed in getting to know who Jesus is and what He wants to do in my life the less I will be concerned about riches and positions in this life. I want the priority of my life to be centered around what I can do to reach others with the gospel and not what I can get out of it myself.    

Genesis 24:29-49 (English Standard Version)

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