Genesis 24 – A Wife for Isaac
Abraham must be feeling his age by now especially with his wife having passed.
He calls on his senior servant and asks him to swear to not let Isaac marry a Canaanite. The way he tells the servant to swear is strange; He tells him to place is hand under Abraham’s thigh to swear.
Before the servant swears to obey his master, he asks ‘Peradventure (What If) the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land?’
Abraham answers him saying basically that god has already set it all up, so the servant agrees and places his hand under Abraham’s thigh to swear.
V.10, The servant takes some camels and treks to the land of Abraham’s father to find the woman.
When he reaches a well outside of a city he prays to god to bring the woman that was promised.
Rebekah comes up before he was done speaking with god, in v.15.
Of course, she fulfills what he asked god to make the maiden do in v.14.
The servant man takes out an earring and bracelets for payment I assume in v.22 and then asks if he can stay the night in the house of her father, she agrees.
Laban, Rebekah’s brother, comes to get the servant in v.29.
He took his camels to the barn and came into the house but refused to eat their food until he spoke of why he was there.
The servant spends v34-48 recounting v1-33 almost word for word.
He asks them to choose to basically believe is story or not either way tell him yes or no now. When the family decides to believe this story and give Rebekah to him for Isaac he brings out jewels, gold, silver, and raiment to give to Rebekah and to her family.
The family put on a feast and the next morning he asked to leave, the family asked to let Rebekah stay 10 days but the servant says he must go now. They actually decide to ask Rebekah if she wanted to go with him and she agrees in v58.
This is a big step for the bible, allowing a female to make a decision and not blame her for it.
When she said she wanted to go, her family gave their blessing to her and to her descendants.
As the group near the field where Isaac was waiting for them, Rebekah veils herself.
I am afraid when I read v66 that the servant is going to again repeat everything like he did earlier but thankfully he keeps it to one line.
In v.67, Isaac ‘took’ Rebekah, she became his wife, and that meaning for this is found out in the statement ‘and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.’
Is that the reason Abraham did all of this? Or was it a combo of that and him feeling old?