Genesis 24: Isaac gets a wife

June 24, 2023 ·

Genesis Twenty-Four:
Abraham is getting old, and asks his chief servant to go all the way back to Abraham’s homeland and find a wife for Isaac there, rather than Isaac finding a Canaanite wife. When the chief servant gets to Abraham’s homeland, he decides that the woman who is willing to give him water, and who offers to water his camels would be a suitable wife for Isaac. Rebekah does this. The chief servant stays at Rebekah’s house for a night, then takes Rebekah back to Isaac and they fall in love and get married pretty instantly.

Key verse:
v.27 “Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the LORD has led me in the way to the house of my master’s kinsmen.”

My thoughts:
Abraham’s decision not to allow Isaac to marry a Canaanite is a foreshadow of God’s later command not to intermarry with the people of the land. This command is set because Israel was intended to be a set apart community for God, not something to blur with all peoples around it. Under Jesus there is not such physical distinction between ‘set apart’ people or people who aren’t ‘set apart’

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