This chapter begins with the observation that the Lord had blessed Abraham in every way, according to the promise. God is faithful to his promises. This is one of the main themes of this entire study. No matter how impossible it may seem, and no matter how long it may take, God will keep his promises.
In this chapter Abraham carries out one of the duties of a father, namely, to find a suitable wife for his son to marry. In those times marriages were arranged by the parents and the children were expected to accept the arrangement and learn to live with the spouse that was given to them. Three years have passed since the death of Sarah at Hebron. Abraham was now 140 years old and Isaac was 40. It was time to find a wife for Isaac. This beautiful chapter describes the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah, truly a match made in heaven.
READ GENESIS 24:1-9 阅读创24:1-9
The chief servant in Abraham’s household was probably Eliezer of Damascus at one time (Genesis 15:2.. Perhaps Eliezer was still the chief servant and the one that Abraham entrusted with this important task.
The method of taking a solemn oath by putting one’s hand “under the thigh” sounds like an odd thing to us. Why would someone place their hand near the private part of someone’s body? Perhaps this ritual of placing the hand near the father’s sexual organs was a way of expressing the importance of taking these steps to provide for the continuation of the ancestral line from which the promised Savior would one day come. We recall that Jacob made Joseph take an oath in a similar way (Genesis 47:29..
In regard to finding a wife for Isaac, what were two things that Abraham felt strongly about?
Why was Abraham so concerned that Isaac must not marry a Canaanite woman (verse 3.?
Why did Abraham insist that Isaac not return to Mesopotamia in order to marry someone?
What made Abraham confident that the mission on which he was sending his servant would be successful?
What makes you and me confident that God will be faithful to his promises and that we can trust him to do whatever he says? (see 2 Corinthians 1:20.
READ GENESIS 24:10-28 阅读创24:10-28
Why did the servant take ten camels with “all kinds of good things from his master”?
Why did the servant head for the city of Nahor?
What do the servants words in verse 12 and 26-27 reveal about him?
In verses 16-21 we read a description of Rebekah. What qualities in Rebekah made her an excellent choice to become the wife of Isaac?
• v.15 “she was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah”
• v.16 “very beautiful”
• v.16 “a virgin”
• v.18 “she gave him a drink”
• v.19-20 “I’ll draw water for your camels … until they have finished drinking … she went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again … she drew enough for all his camels”
• v.65 “she took her veil and covered herself”
READ GENESIS 24:29-61 阅读创24:29-61
What do the words of Laban and Bethuel in verses 50-51 reveal about them?
Rebekah met Abraham’s servant (Eliezer. on one day, and the next day she heard his proposal to return with him and marry Isaac (whom she had never met.. Eliezer wanted her to leave home with him that same day. Her family thought it was too soon. However, she was asked (verse 55-57. if she would go, and she was willing. Why was this an act of faith similar to when Abraham left Haran?
READ GENESIS 24:62-67 阅读创24:62-67
In what ways did God bless the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah?
The Bible often encourages us to choose a spouse who shares our Christian faith. When the people of Israel were about to enter the land of Canaan, Moses told his people: “When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons, for they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will turn against you and will quickly destroy you” (Deuteronomy 7:1-4..
The faith of a prospective spouse must be an important consideration when decided who to marry.