Genesis 26 — She is really your wife! Why did you say She is my sister?

God’s Mercy — God’s Love


Read Genesis 26

We pick up our story at a time in the life of Isaac here in Genesis 26 when there’s a famine in the land thus putting Isaac in a position where he had to move. Perhaps you’re in that situation today. Perhaps there’s a famine in your area, an economic famine. The field of provision from your current employer may no longer be producing. Maybe you’ve been laid off. It may be necessary for you to move in order to continue to provide for your family. I’m not saying that it’s any fun but it’s important to remember that even God’s chosen men, men like Isaac, were allowed to experience famine. It’s a certainty that everyone of us will experience trials. When it comes to experiencing trials there are those who have and those who will. The LORD uses famines and trials to grow His people.

Notice that in the very first verse this famine is distinguished as a different famine, an additional one, besides the famine that Abraham experienced in Genesis chapter 12. In the first famine Abraham went to Egypt to live for awhile.

But the LORD appears to Isaac in verse two of Genesis 26 and tells him, Don’t go to Egypt during this famine but stay in the area. Live in the place where I’ll tell you. Trust in Me and I’ll be with you and I’ll bless you. In fact I’m going to give you and your descendants all this land, your descendants, whom I’ll make like the stars in the sky in number. It will be through your offspring that all nations on the earth will be blessed (Messiah will come from Isaac’s line) because Abraham obeyed Me, because Abraham did all that I required of him, because Abraham kept My commands.

His promises to make Isaac’s descendants as numerous as the stars, to grant Isaac’s descendants the land of Canaan, and to bless all nations through Isaac’s descendants are a repeat of what Isaac has surely already been told by his father Abraham. Why repeat it? You might ask. It’s because those who live by faith must review often the promises they’re living by. Jesus described you, described me, described us as sheep. If you know anything about sheep you know that they need repetition to catch on to any type of training at all. For you and for me it’s essential that we hear the promises of God’s word repeatedly. What a difference those reminders make. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard my pastor share on a passage of scripture that I’ve heard or read dozens of times but on that particular occasion the LORD revealed to me one thing or another that I never saw before. It’s hugely important to spend time in God’s word every day and to show up at church a couple of times a week to hear what message He has for you over at His house.

So Isaac, in obedience to God’s word, stays in the area although he heads toward Egypt and settles in the town of Gerar, which is located not far from the border of Egypt. Egypt in scripture is representative of the world and Isaac’s course of action here is an illustration of the Christian who is trying to live a life as close to the world as possible while still remaining in obedience to God. Whenever we do that we’re in God’s permissive will but not in the flow of His perfect will. And whenever we do that there’s a price to pay. In Isaac’s case he experiences conflict in the kingdom of Gerar. When the men of Gerar begin to show interest in Rebekah, when they start asking about her, Isaac becomes afraid, he feels threatened. A chip off the old block, Isaac tells the men of Gerar, She’s my sis. Isaac thought to himself, If I tell them she’s my wife, these guys might kill me because Rebekah’s so ravishing. Didn’t Dad do that thing where he told people that Mom (Sarah) was his sister? Yea, I think I remember hearing about him doing that a couple of different times. I think I’ll try that. (Genesis chapters 12 and 20)

This is a great reminder that your kids are watching you closely. What you say to your kids is important to be sure. But what you do and who you are is much more powerful than what you say.

I’m reminded of the proverbial story of the father who kept a bottle of whiskey in the garden shed out in the back yard. As he was headed out to have a swig one snowy winter morning he heard someone behind him. There, just a few yards behind, was his son, following his father, making his way through the snow by stepping into the footprints left by his dad. The boy’s father sent him back into the house and promptly pulled the whiskey bottle out of the garden shed and smashed it to pieces. He did so because he didn’t want his son following in his footsteps in that way.

Your kids will most likely follow in your footsteps. Isaac followed Abraham’s footsteps.

Back to our story: So after Isaac had been residing in Gerar for a long time he and Rebekah were in what they thought was a private place. But unbeknownst to them, Abimelek the king of Gerar was looking down upon them from a nearby window and saw them caressing. (It should be noted that this Abimelek king of Gerar is the son or grandson of the Abimelek king of Gerar referred to in Genesis 20. The name Abimelek was a title used for the reigning king of Gerar)

Shortly thereafter Isaac was approached by one of the king’s servants, Isaac son of Abraham, the king’s servant must have said, the king requires your presence!

When he was brought before king Abimelek, Abimelek said to Isaac, Are you kidding me? She’s really your wife! Why on earth did you say she was your sister?

Because I thought someone might take me out so he could have her for himself, Isaac replied.

What were you thinking? Abimelek responded, What if one of my men had slept with her? Then you would have brought guilt upon us!

I wonder what went through Abimelek’s mind when he found out that Rebekah was Isaac’s wife. Deja vu! He must have thought. This character’s father tried the same thing with my father who wound up adding her to his harem. All the men and women of the kingdom of Gerar became infertile. God Himself told my Dad that he was as good as dead if he touched her! Man oh man, not again.

So Abimelek put out the word to his entire kingdom, Anyone harms Isaac or Rebekah and he’ll be put to death.

So Abraham stays in Gerar and the Lord begins to bless him abundantly. He plants crops and in his first harvest he reaps one hundred fold. If you invested in the stock market and your return was one hundred fold that would be the equivalent to a 10,000% return on your investment. So when it was time to harvest, his neighbors would have been finished gathering in their crops after a few days after which they sat and watched while Isaac and his crew continued to gather and gather and gather perhaps over the course of a week or more. The LORD made Isaac very wealthy until his crops, flocks, herds, servants, real estate, stocks, bonds, and IRA’s became so great that the Philistines began to envy him. All the wells that his father Abraham left him the Philistines stopped up.

Eventually the tension became so great that Abimelek said, You need to leave, you’re wealth is so great that it’s become a distraction to my people. They can’t get past the fact that we provided you refuge during this famine and in response you lied to us. Then I put that decree out there prohibiting anyone from touching you or Rebekah so the people are in fear of you. And now you’re making money hand over fist and they’re jealous. It’s all too much. It’s time for you to go.

So Isaac moved out of town to the Valley of Gerar where he reopened wells that Abraham had dug. Wells the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham had died. But, water being a premium commodity in the desert, as he dug wells the people of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s servants and claimed the water for their own. Isaac even named one of the wells Esek which means dispute and another he named Sitnah which means opposition.

Finally he dug a well and no one contested ownership so he named that one Rehoboth which means room.

He went up from there to Beersheba where the LORD appeared to Isaac again and told him, “I’m the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.” (v. 24) The LORD engages Isaac again because the He knows Isaac needs to hear the promise again, to keep him on his course and because He knows Isaac needs the encouragement. In response Isaac does something that’s just great in my estimation. He follows his father’s positive example by building there at Beersheba an altar to the LORD. And there he pitched his tent and dug another well.

Meanwhile, Abimelek and a small entourage that includes his personal advisor Ahuzzath and his military commander Phicol came out to meet Isaac at Beersheba.

Isaac said, You guys were envious and hostile — you ran me out of town. Why show up now?

They answered, Look, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the LORD is with you; so we thought to ourselves, you know what, we ought to have a treaty with Isaac so he doesn’t come against us. So what do you say? Let’s make a treaty. We treated you pretty well while you were with us. When we sent you away we did so peacefully. You don’t harm us and we don’t harm you. How about it?

So Isaac prepared a feast for them that night. The next morning they swore an oath to each other then Isaac sent them on their way.

That day Isaac’s servants dug another well and it was a good one. They called it Shibah which means oath (or seven).


God’s Mercy:

Going back to verse five the LORD tells Isaac that He’s going to bestow on him abundant blessings because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions. I’m astounded and amazed at God’s grace toward Abraham, because as we’ve seen, Abraham influenced Isaac in a negative way when Isaac repeated the sin of his father by telling the men of Gerar that his wife was his sister. Abraham was far from perfect but God shows great mercy in His description of Abraham when He credits Abraham with obedience in keeping His commands, His decrees, and His instructions. While Abraham was yet a sinner, Abraham is credited by God because whenever God shared something with him Abraham believed, and not only that but he acted on his belief. I knew of a man a few years ago who believed that God would provide for he and his family but he very rarely ventured out to apply for a job. In God’s vocabulary faith is an action word. We need to act on our faith.

God’s Love:

In Genesis 15:6 we read that Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Paul tells us in Romans that the words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:23-25)

He was delivered over to death for your sins and for my sins and was raised to life for your justification. Justification meaning “just as if I never sinned.” Look, we’re all sinners — Abraham, Isaac, you, me, every one of us falls short of who we could be and who we should be. Abraham and Isaac lied about their wives. You spend time on internet sites that you shouldn’t. Not that long ago you twisted the truth to save yourself from embarrassment. I have my own issues, believe me. I’m a sinner. You’re a sinner. You need a savior to be reconciled with God. Read the story of how Jesus died for your sins and then was raised up from the dead by God. What do you have to lose? The truth is you have everything to gain, you have eternity to gain, and you have nothing to lose. Read about Jesus in the gospel of John and then give your life to Him.

You’ll never regret it.

Go to: So Your Life Is Falling Apart.


Genesis 26:1-33

1 Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. 2 The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.” 6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar.

7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”

8 When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. 9 So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?”

Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”

10 Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”

11 So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15 So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.

16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”

17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. 18 Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.

19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20 But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. 21Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”

23 From there he went up to Beersheba. 24 That night the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.”

25 Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.

26 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”

28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”

30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.

32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!” 33 He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.


References:

Bible Gateway

Blue Letter Bible

Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Matthew Henry

Bob Coy

Jon Courson

Genesis 25:19-34 Jacob and Esau

Esau Sells his Birthright

 

Read Genesis 25:19-34

At this juncture of our story we get a relatively short look into the life of Isaac for we know little of Isaac in comparison to the more in depth narratives of Abraham and Jacob. We also see something of his wife Rebekah and we learn of his sons Jacob and Esau.

At forty Isaac married Rebekah, Bethuel’s daughter, Laban’s sister. She was barren for the first twenty years of their marriage which at that time in that culture was even more despairing than it is today. But Isaac prayed, he interceded for his wife.

God will always come through. He will always keep His promises. His word is sure but quite often He has it in His mind for us to wait for the fulfillment. After Isaac and Rebekah had been married for twenty years, Jacob and Esau were born.

Just a few hours ago I got home from a powerful presentation given by Nick Vujicic, a man with no arms and no legs. He’s been all over (42 different countries) the world speaking and teaching. He’s prayed for the sick and injured, and seen people healed, a few with serious conditions. He’s been praying for himself for a long time now — praying for arms and legs. He told us that he has even purchased a pair of shoes in case the LORD decides to grant his request. I’m guessing that Vujicic will never stop praying for his healing, ever. I think that one of the most important reasons that he displays such courage is that he also prays, if the LORD chooses not to heal him, that He would use his condition for His purposes. He was truly amazing. If you’re interested you can learn more by going to http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org .

Even though Isaac had to wait twenty years, it’s interesting that he didn’t take Rebekah’s handmaid as Abraham had with Sarah’s. Jesus tells us in Luke 18, that we’re to always pray and not grow faint and apparently Isaac did just that.

It’s also interesting to note that even though Isaac knew of God’s promise to Abraham that through Isaac the nation of Israel would come, when Isaac realized Rebekah was barren, he prayed. In fact according to Matthew Henry the Jews have a tradition that Isaac took Rebekah up to the top of Mount Moriah, where God’s promise was made to Abraham, and there they prayed together for children. Isaac didn’t rest on the laurels of God’s promise at the exclusion of prayer. God’s promises should never supplant our prayers but rather should be a foundation for them. Without question, one of the most powerful ways to pray is to remind God of His promises. Praying in the promises of God from His word is huge. It’s one of the most important ways we can communicate with Him.

I just read a Facebook post from a family friend who said that she couldn’t sleep because her baby was kicking like crazy. While Rebekah was pregnant she could feel two babies in her womb, jostling each other. It was so intense that she felt compelled to do something about it and to her credit that something was to inquire of the LORD.

“Why is this happening to me?” Rebekah asked.

You’re having twins, the LORD answered, there are two nations in your womb, two groups, two peoples, and they’ll be separate from each other. One nation will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.

The older serving the younger was of course outside of the cultural norm at that time. But fulfilling God’s prophecy, Esau’s descendants the nation of Edom would later be subservient to Jacob’s descendants the nation of Israel. The older did indeed come to serve the younger. And the stronger served the weaker. The cunning hunter served the homebody. Our God has a propensity to use foolish things of the world to shame the wise and to use the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Finally, the day came and she gave birth to twins. The first to come out was red and his body was covered with hair. So they named him Esau which means hairy. And right behind Esau, Esau’s brother came out — right on the heels of Esau as it were. In fact the younger brother’s hand came out first, clutching tightly to Esau’s heel. So they named the second son Jacob, which means “heel snatcher” which is an idiom in Hebrew for “he deceives.” We’ll learn more of Jacob’s deceitful nature later. Isaac was sixty when his sons were born.

As the two boys grew up Esau became an outdoorsman — he loved to hike and hunt and fish — and he was good at it. His favorite stores were Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop. He was sort of the Mike Rowe (of Dirtiest Jobs) of the family. Jacob on the other hand liked to hang out around the house — he was a homebody. His favorite TV shows were Top Chef and Paula Dean. His favorite store was Kitchen Kaboodle. He was sort of like that TV chef with the spiky hair Guy Fieri .

Mike Rowe of Dirtiest Jobs / Chef Guy Fieri

Esau and Jacob represent the flesh and the spirit within each of us. Esau the eldest represents the flesh because all of us walked in the flesh without Christ before we accepted Him and opened the door to the Holy Spirit. Who will grow stronger inside of you, the flesh or the spirit, depends on who you choose to feed. Feed the flesh and he’ll grow stronger — your spirit will grow weaker. Feed the spirit and the opposite happens. When deciding which to feed you might consider Romans 8:6 where God tells us that the mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Now Jacob their father loved the taste of game meat so he loved Esau who hunted game for the family. Rebekah though loved Jacob.

One time when Esau returned from a trip out in the wilderness he was hungry so he wandered into the kitchen to see if he might find something to eat. There he found Jacob cooking some red stew. I don’t know if you’ve ever gone out hiking or hunting all day and run out of food. The longer you walk without eating, the more your body craves calories. Oh how delicious that red stew must have smelled to the famished Esau…

I’ve been out all day and haven’t eaten in forever. I’m starving. Give me some of that stew, Esau said.

But Jacob replied, What’s in it for me? Why should I give you some stew for nothing? Sell me your birthright first and then I’ll feed you.

Hey, whatever. If I die of hunger what good is my birthright anyway. Take it, take the birthright.

Swear it to me…

So Esau swore an oath to Jacob that he’d give up his birthright. Then Jacob served him up some lentil stew and some bread.

Esau ate, and he drank, and he got up and left.

It’s here in the last verse of the chapter that we’re told that Esau despised his birthright. (v. 34) In Hebrews 12:16 we’re told that Esau was godless in his attitude toward his birthright. Learning something of what the birthright meant might help us to see why Esau’s cavalier attitude about it is characterized as being so deplorable. The right of the first born meant that he was to take precedence over his brothers upon the death of their father. Also upon their father’s death the eldest and holder of the birthright would receive a double portion of the father’s estate. (Deuteronomy 21:17) Finally after the father’s passing the first born would become the priest of the family, the one responsible for the family’s relationship with the LORD. (Exodus 22, Numbers 8 )

It’s obvious from our story that Esau didn’t have much regard for any of it.

Esau’s hunger for the stew speaks of our hunger for the world and his birthright speaks of our interest in God, in Jesus, and in heaven. It’s a foolish thing to part with our interest in God, Jesus, and heaven that we might satisfy our appetites for worldly things.

It’s like sacrificing the birthright for a bowl of stew.

Invest in Christ, in the LORD, in heaven, in the eternal. Never trade your future in the eternal to satisfy your worldly appetites.

Don’t despise your birthright in Jesus Christ.

Live for Christ.

You’ll never regret it.

 

Genesis 25:19-34:

This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.

21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.

23 The LORD said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”

24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau. 26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.

 

References:

Bible Gateway

Blue Letter Bible

Chuck Missler

Matthew Henry

Nick Vujicic

Jon Courson

Genesis 25:1-18 — Abraham was gathered to his people



Read Genesis 25:1-18

Here in Genesis 25:1-18 we’ll see a third wife or concubine of Abraham’s and the sons born to him through her. Abraham’s death is also noted here as well as the accounting of Ishmael’s sons.

After the death of Sarah Abraham takes another wife or concubine named Keturah. And in an illustration of how the power of the promise is greater than the limitations of the physical, she becomes yet another who’s involved in the fulfillment of the LORD’s promise to Abraham to make him the father of many nations. Abraham, advanced in years though he was, through Keturah had six children: Zimram, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.

Abraham gave gifts to his concubine’s sons and sent them away from Isaac to the land of the East. He gave his estate in its entirety to Isaac. So he served as the executor of his own will. I believe this to be a wise thing for a person to do even today. The health of the relationships in your family will be well served if you administer your estate while you’re still alive, to the degree that you can.

After distributing his wealth to his sons, Abraham died at the age of one hundred seventy-five. He was full of years and his years were full. His years were full of fellowship with the LORD and full of adventure. We’re told in verse eight that he was gathered to his people. In Luke 16 Jesus tells us that Abraham is in Paradise so apparently Abraham’s people were those who dwell there. Who are your people and to whom will you be gathered? Do the people at church feel comfortable around you and do you feel comfortable around them? Would the people populating heaven feel that you’re one of them? Would they consider you one of their own? Are you more comfortable around people of the world? When the end comes, who will you be gathered to? There will come a day for all of us when no question will be more important.

Isaac and Ishmael, formerly estranged from each other, come together, to bury their father in the cave of Machpelah [mak-pee-lah]where Sarah was buried. This was the cave in the field that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite. It’s important to note here that in order for people to reconcile, somebody has to die. Isaac and Ishmael weren’t reconciled until Abraham died. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 that God reconciled us to Himself through the death of Jesus. When you and another are having difficulty with each other only one thing will lead to reconciliation — somebody has to die. “Yea but it’s not fair!” You might be thinking. “Yea but he’s wrong!” You might be saying. It may not be fair and the other person may well be in the wrong, but God wants you to reconcile anyway and somebody has to die for that to happen.

Die to self.

Jesus was so big on reconciliation that he said if you’re at the altar offering a gift to the LORD and you remember that you’re not right with a brother or sister, you should immediately leave the altar and reconcile yourself to that person, then come back to offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24) So if a relationship with another isn’t right, Jesus wants you to resolve the situation with that person before you’re in His presence for worship. Paul tells us that God reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18) You’ve been given the ministry of reconciliation. You and I are to be about the business of reconciling others to Jesus as well as reconciling one person to another.

After Abraham died God blessed Isaac who continued to live near Beer Lahai Roi which means well of the living one seeing me.

Finally in this passage we see another one of God’s promises to Abraham fulfilled. Do you remember what the LORD told Abraham about Ishmael in Genesis chapter 17? He said,  I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” (Genesis 17:20-21) Here we see that just as God said it would happen Ishmael had twelve sons. From oldest to youngest: Nebaioth, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah.

Ishamel died at the age of one hundred and thirty-seven. His descendants settled near the Eastern border of Egypt. Genesis 25:18 tells us that they lived in hostility toward all the tribes related to them.

Though the LORD said to Abraham, “But my covenant I will establish with Isaac,” He also said that Abraham would be the father of many nations. His eight children would indeed go on to produce many nations including Israel, Edom, and the Arab nations.

So in all, Abraham had a total of eight sons: Isaac, Ishmael, and the six sons of Keturah. But that wasn’t the only fruit born through Abraham. We find another list of eight in 2 Peter 1:3-8.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:5-8

It amazes me how accurately this list of godly virtues describes the life of Abraham. Could it be that this was by divine design? Perhaps it’s not coincidental that the fruit listed in 2 Peter 1 and the sons of Abraham are identical in number.

Notice that faith is at the top of the list. Doesn’t that fit Abraham’s life perfectly? He was a man who believed God in spite of his circumstances. Believing in God in spite of your circumstances is the very definition of faith. Just as believing in your circumstances in spite of God is the very definition of unbelief. When Jesus told Peter to come out onto the water Peter did it, in spite of his circumstances, in spite of the storm raging around him, he believed. He walked on water — the only human beside Jesus to ever do so in the history of mankind. William Carey tells us to “Expect great things from God, and to attempt great things for God.” Peter was a man who lived out Carey’s exhortation as was Abraham.

Not that Abraham didn’t experience failures. Abraham was cut from the same cloth as you and I. It’s been said that all humans are made from the same mold but some of us are moldier than others. Abraham was capable of unbelief and as a result there were times when he fell down. This is encouraging when you think about it. Abraham failed the same as you and me. So when you hear God directing you to do something, recognize that you’re going to fail sometimes and also recognize that if the father of faith can fail yet still prevail, so can you. So don’t let the prospect of failing slow you down, go ahead and move forward anyway! Peter, after walking on water for a bit, sank. Peter called Jesus the Christ at which point Jesus called Peter the Rock, but then Peter tried to forbid Jesus from His path to the cross at which point Jesus called Peter Satan. Peter told Jesus he’d die for Him then he denied Jesus to a little girl. Peter ran away from the cross but later asked that he be crucified upside down. Peter used the sword to cut off a man’s ear but later use the sword of God’s word to save 3,000 people.

Peter and Abraham experienced failures and so will you.

Remember: Nothing of significance has ever been accomplished without failures.

It’s important to move forward. Had Abraham stayed in Ur of the Chaldeans we wouldn’t be reading about his adventures today. He wouldn’t be known as the father of faith. You can’t steer a car that remains safely parked in the driveway. Seek God’s direction then go out and take risks. The key isn’t not falling down, the key is learning to get back up and move forward. The difference between a man of faith and a man of unbelief isn’t that the man of faith doesn’t fall. Both men fall. The difference is that the man of faith gets back up and continues forward — as Abraham did.

…without faith it is impossible to please God…

Hebrews 11:6


Genesis 25:1-18

Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.

Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.

Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.

Ishmael’s Sons

This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.

These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps. Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward all the tribes related to them.


References:

Bible Gateway

Matthew Henry

Courson, Ben. A Generation Chosen. Jacksonville, OR: Searchlight, 2010

Ray Stedman

Jon Courson

Genesis 24 — LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today

The Unnamed Servant’s Prayer


Read Genesis 24

Last post we talked about Genesis 24:1, Abraham was now very old, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. We discussed how Abraham was blessed in every way, and how that included his trials because without trials it’s not possible to experience personal growth. In today’s post we’ll see another Old Testament picture of a New Testament principle in the story of Abraham sending his senior servant to get a wife for his son Isaac.

Our story begins with a conversation between Abraham and his senior servant. Now this servant isn’t what you might think. He’s not a menial servant but rather Abraham’s right hand man, the one who’s in charge of all that he owns and of all his affairs. He’s loyal, devoted, skilled, and powerful. In Genesis 15:2 we learned that Abraham’s senior servant’s name is Eliezer. But, even though his servant is the central character in the story of Genesis 24 he remains unnamed. “Why?” You may well ask. It’s because in our story he is a type of the Holy Spirit and as Jesus said, the Holy Spirit will not speak of himself. (John 16:13) The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to speak of Jesus and to bring the bride of Christ, the church, to the groom God’s Son. (Revelation 21:9) All of this occurs at the direction of the Father. So we see in Genesis 24 a beautiful picture of Abraham as God the Father, Isaac as the Son of God that is Jesus, and the unnamed servant as the Holy Spirit, bringing the bride to the son.

We’ll see an unnamed servant again in Ruth 2:5-6 when he introduces Boaz the kinsman redeemer to Ruth the gentile. Of course in that story also, the two are ultimately married. And that story also, is a picture of the Holy Spirit bringing the bride of Christ to the groom who is our Redeemer.

Now, in today’s story, Genesis 24, Abraham says to his servant, Put your hand under my thigh. (The hand under the thigh thing was simply a custom of that culture in that time to solidify an agreement when someone would swear an oath) So Abraham continues, I want you to swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you’ll not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom we live. I want you to go back to my old country and from my own extended relatives get a wife for Isaac my son.

The unnamed servant asks, at this point, what I believe to be a very intelligent question, What if she doesn’t want to come? If she won’t come back with me should I come back and take Isaac to her?

Abraham answers, Absolutely not. The LORD, the God of heaven, the God who brought me out of my native land and who promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’–He will send his angel ahead of you to arrange it so she’ll come back with you. But if the woman were to refuse to come back with you, then you’re released from our agreement.

I love this part of the story because it speaks of the Holy Spirit’s approach to bringing people to Christ. The Holy Spirit may woo, the Holy Spirit may persuade, the Holy Spirit may inspire a person in order to attract that person to the groom, Jesus, but, the Holy Spirit will always communicate God’s love in a way that leaves the free will of that person intact. There’s never any coercion or pressure. The Holy Spirit will never force the will of God upon anyone but will only extend God’s loving invitation.

I love that about the Holy Spirit. I love that about God’s nature.

So the servant put his hand under Abraham’s thigh and swore an oath concerning the matter.

Then the servant takes ten camels and loads them up with some of the best that his master has in his household. And he sets off for the land of Aram Naharaim and specifically for the town of Nahor.

Once at the town of Nahor he has his ten camels kneel down near the well outside of town. When he arrived, it was late afternoon-evening, the time when the women of that community would go to the well to draw water.

It was at this time that the servant prayed, silently, in his heart, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 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’– let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”

Now what he was asking was no small thing. According to National Geographic a camel can drink up to thirty gallons of water in a day. So, say each camel were to drink ten gallons each, that means the woman who waters the camels would have to carry one hundred gallons of water between the well and the watering trough. That’s a lot of trips! To water ten camels would take hours. If this girl does offer to water the camels, it would be rather remarkable.

Before he had even finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was stunningly beautiful, and a virgin. She went down to the well, filled up her jar, and came up again.

The servant hurried to meet her. (This speaks of the Holy Spirit’s eagerness to meet us on behalf of Jesus) And the servant said, Would you mind sparing a little water from your jar?

Certainly, drink all you like, she said, and quickly lowered her jar to give him a drink.

After he had drunk from the jar she said, You know what? I’ll just go ahead and draw water for your camels too, until they’ve had their fill also. Back and forth she went from the trough to the well until she had filled the trough with enough water for the ten camels.

The servant just watched.

When the camels were through the servant gave Rebekah gifts, a gold nose ring weighing a beka or about one fifth of an ounce and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels or around four ounces.

This speaks of the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit: prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, showing mercy, wisdom, knowledge, the ability to heal, to perform miracles, to discern spirits, or to speak in different languages. (Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12;8-10) Good gifts. Wonderful gifts. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are the best gifts.

Then the servant asks, Whose daughter are you? And is there enough room in your father’s house for me and my company to spend the night?

She answered, I’m the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor and Milkah’s son. And yes, we have room for you, we have plenty of straw and food for the camels as well.

Then the servant bowed down and worshipped the LORD, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.”

Rebekah ran ahead and told her mother what had happened. And her brother, Laban, as soon as he saw all the bling, the nose ring and the bracelets, and heard Rebekah’s story, hurried out to the well to see what was up with this stranger. Laban, as we’ll see in a later chapter, is a person who’s very interested in material gain and is even a bit of a con man.

Come, you who are blessed by the LORD, Laban said, Why are you hanging around out here? I’ve prepared our place for you and your camels.

Maybe there’s something in it for me, Laban might be thinking.

So the servant went to the house, the camels were unloaded, straw and food for the camels was provided, and water for he and his men to wash their feet. Then food was set before him, but he said something interesting at this point, he said, I won’t eat until I tell you what I have to say.

What a great work ethic we see displayed here. You and I should be so dedicated. Before I turn on the TV, before you play angry birds, before I check my email, before you jump on Facebook, I, you, we need to take care of whatever business the LORD has set before us. That’s what the unnamed servant is doing here.

Alright, tell us what’s up, Laban said.

So the servant tells Rebekah and her family, I’m Abraham’s servant. The LORD has blessed my master like you can’t believe, he’s wealthy. He has sheep, cattle, male and female servants, camels, donkeys, silver, gold, stocks, bonds, and a huge IRA. His wife Sarah bore him a son in her old age and this son of his has been given everything, the whole estate. My master made me swear an oath that I would bring back a wife from here, from right here, from my master’s old clan.

From there he recounts the whole story: how he made Abraham promise that he would be released from the oath if the woman wouldn’t come; how he was at the well praying in his heart that the LORD would show him who the bride should be by her offering to water his ten camels; how Rebekah came while he was still praying. He recounted the whole story right up to where he is right now.

Then the servant said, Now if you’ll show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me one way or the other, will you let her go back with me?

Laban and Bethuel said, What can we say? This whole deal is definitely from the LORD. Here’s Rebekah, take her and go. Let her become the bride of the son as the LORD has directed.

When the servant heard their response he bowed down before the LORD. Then he brought out gifts of gold, silver, jewelry, and clothes and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious gifts to her brother and mother.

Now, after he completed his master’s business, the servant ate, drank, and spent the night at Bethuel’s house.

But, when they got up to go the next morning, Rebekah’s brother and mother said, Let her stay with us for ten days or so, then you can go.

Some translate the ten days to mean ten months. But whether it’s ten days or ten months, that’s always how it is with the world. When the Holy Spirit is moving, when it’s time to take action for God’s kingdom, the world says, relax! What’s the big deal? Why do you have to be so radical? Just go on Sundays, you don’t need to be in church Wednesday night. Just stay home, go on that retreat next year. Just take the money and go on vacation, you can do that short term mission trip some other time. That’s always how it is with the world. When the Holy Spirit’s prompting you to move the world says, wait. But watch what the servant does.

Don’t detain me, now that the LORD has granted me success. The Lord wants me to be about His business, so send me on my way with the bride of the son.

So they said, Let’s ask Rebekah.

And Rebekah said, I’ll go.

Remarkable.

Rebekah said, I’ll go to a land I don’t know, to with a servant who I barely know, to marry a man I’ve never seen.

It’s a picture of our acceptance of Christ as our savior. We’re going to heaven, a land we don’t know, with a strange servant the Holy Spirit, to connect with Jesus Christ, a man we’ve only captured glimpses of in scripture — but oh how promising are those glimpses.

So they sent Rebekah on her way with her nurse and with their blessing.

When Rebekah finally arrived, she found Isaac coming from the well called Beer Lahai Roi which means well of the living One seeing me. He was in the field meditating. When Rebekah saw him she came down off her camel.

Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. He loved her and was comforted after his mother’s death.


A word about the servant’s prayer:

“LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today,” the servant prayed in verse twelve.

Make me successful LORD, I pray, as do you, most likely. I don’t know about you but I like being successful. So let’s see what we can learn from the unnamed servant in our story.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight, Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us.

In other words, like the unnamed servant, earnestly pray through everything! Lately I’ve been approached recently by several people asking for direction concerning choices that they have before them. In each of these cases there was no obvious answer. (yet there was still the temptation to offer my ever so humble opinion. Why is that?) However, my response was the same in each case: Get into God’s word, go to church regularly, pray earnestly and regularly, then do what you believe the Lord would have you do. Should I take this job offer? Earnestly pray through it. Should I date that young man? Earnestly pray through it. Should I move into that new place? Earnestly pray through it. Pray earnestly. Pray with your husband or wife if you’re married. Pray on your own in your prayer closet. Pray with your nose in the carpet. Pray!

The key to the success of the unnamed servant was that he executed his mission while in communication with the Lord.

Abide in Christ Jesus because He said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” And if that were not enough He also said that “…without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5-7 KJV)

Of course we’ve been given a brain to use and God desires us to seek wisdom. But most life decisions are best made with the perspective offered by the One who is all wise, all knowing, and can see what’s coming. You and I are but dust and ashes. (Genesis 18:27) Even after extensive research on a topic you and I have just a smidgen of wisdom and knowledge by comparison. And do you know what else? You can’t see one second into the future. But God can. Who wouldn’t want to tap into His infinite knowledge and wisdom.

Making decisions without abiding in Him and praying it through is like walking in the woods in the dark without a flashlight. It just makes no sense whatsoever. You’ll find yourself lost, you’ll find yourself on detours, you’ll find yourself experiencing hardship that’s just unnecessary.

Speaking of finding brides and as an illustration of praying through an important matter: for years while my two sons were growing up, every morning before I went to work I would quietly go into their room, kneel down, and lay hands on each of them separately, praying, among other things, that God would provide the wives He had in mind for each of them. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I prayed that prayer over Gabe and Nate all those years. He has answered generously. Today Charise and Anastasia are two tremendous blessings in our family. I believe they were chosen by the Lord in answer to prayer.

Abide in Him, pray earnestly, and He’ll reveal the way, he’ll provide the answer, even as He did for the unnamed servant.

In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:6


A word about the ten camels:

When I read of the ten camels I can’t help but be reminded of the ten commandments. Here in Genesis 24 we see Rebekah riding one of the ten to her groom Isaac. It’s another great Old Testament picture, in this case, of how the ten commandments or the law bring us to Jesus. As I realize that I’m incapable of keeping the ten, I become aware of my need for a savior. It’s only after I’m united with the Son that I can come down off my camel, I can leave the law, and enter into God’s grace that’s found in Jesus Christ. At this point I’m not living out the ten commandments because I have to but rather I’m doing my best to live out the ten commandments in response to Christ’s love.

Perhaps you’re thinking to yourself, “I’m not so bad, really.” If you have a notion that you can follow the ten commandments, consider the words of Jesus.

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 

Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28

You can’t live the law.

You need a savior.

Jesus Christ is that savior.

He’s made it easy to accept him into your life.

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Genesis 24

Abraham was now very old, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. He said to the senior servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh. I want you to swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.”

The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?”

“Make sure that you do not take my son back there,” Abraham said. “The LORD, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’—he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there. If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine. Only do not take my son back there.” So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter.

Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim and made his way to the town of Nahor. He had the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water.

Then he prayed, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 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’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”

Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.

The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.”

“Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.

After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.” So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels. Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.

When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels. Then he asked, “Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?”

She answered him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milkah bore to Nahor.” And she added, “We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night.”

Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD, saying, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.”

The young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things. Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he hurried out to the man at the spring. As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s arms, and had heard Rebekah tell what the man said to her, he went out to the man and found him standing by the camels near the spring. “Come, you who are blessed by the LORD,” he said. “Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.”

So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet. Then food was set before him, but he said, “I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say.”

“Then tell us,” Laban said.

So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys. My master’s wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns. And my master made me swear an oath, and said, ‘You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live, but go to my father’s family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.’

“Then I asked my master, ‘What if the woman will not come back with me?’

“He replied, ‘The LORD, before whom I have walked faithfully, will send his angel with you and make your journey a success, so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father’s family. You will be released from my oath if, when you go to my clan, they refuse to give her to you—then you will be released from my oath.’

“When I came to the spring today, I said, ‘LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come. See, I am standing beside this spring. If a young woman comes out to draw water and I say to her, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar,” and if she says to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too,” let her be the one the LORD has chosen for my master’s son.’

“Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’

“She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’ So I drank, and she watered the camels also.

“I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’

“She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’

“Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms, and I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son. Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn.”

Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other. Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the LORD has directed.”

When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD. Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts to her brother and to her mother. Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night there.

When they got up the next morning, he said, “Send me on my way to my master.”

But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so; then you may go.”

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.”

Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.” So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”

“I will go,” she said.

So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,

“Our sister, may you increase
to thousands upon thousands;
may your offspring possess
the cities of their enemies.”

Then Rebekah and her attendants got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.

Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”

“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.

Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.


References:

Bible Gateway

Blue Letter Bible

Matthew Henry

Ray Stedman

Chuck Missler

Jon Courson

National Geographic