Isaac Meets Rebekah – Genesis 24
When Isaac was grown, his mother Sarah died, and was buried in the cave of Machpelah. Isaac’s father Abraham was old, and one day he made his servant promise that a wife for Isaac would not come from the daughters of the Canaanites, but from his own relatives. Abraham made his servant promise to go to the country of Abraham’s birth, and find a wife for Isaac. The servant thought that the woman might not want to follow him into a land she did not know, but Abraham said to him “The LORD God of heaven, he who spoke to me, and told me he would give the land to my descendants, he shall send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife to my son from there.”
And so the servant took 10 camels loaded with his master’s goods, and went to the city of Nahor where Abraham was born where he arrived at a well of water in the evening when the women go to draw water. The servant prayed that the maiden who would give his camels water to drink would be the maiden that the LORD desired to be the wife of Isaac. Even before he finished his prayer Rebekah, Abraham’s niece, came to the well, she was very beautiful. Rebekah gave Abraham’s servant and his camels water to drink, and the servant wondered if this was the maiden the LORD desired for Isaac.
He gave her a golden earring and two bracelets and asked her whose daughter she was, and if he could stay at her house. When he found out that she was a relative of Abraham, he bowed down his head and worshipped the LORD. And he said “Blessed be the LORD God of Abraham, who has led me to the house of my master’s brethren.” And Rebekah ran to her house and told them all that had happened.
And so the servant went to the house, and provided for his camels, and was given meat to eat, but he would not eat until he told them why he had come. He said “I am Abraham’s servant, and the LORD has blessed my master greatly. Sarah my master’s wife had a son when she was old, and my master made me promise to find a wife for his son from his own kindred.” He told them how he had come to the well, and prayed to the LORD and how Rebekah had come to the well and given his camels water, and how he knew that this was the woman who the LORD desired to be the wife of Isaac.
So Rebekah’s father and brother told the servant to take her and let her be the wife of Isaac “as the LORD has spoken.” And the servant worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth. He brought jewels of silver, and gold and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah, and very precious things to her brother and her mother.
And in the morning Rebekah’s mother and brother wanted her to stay longer, but the servant told them “do not hinder me, because the LORD has prospered my way.” so they asked Rebekah, and she said she would leave with the servant. And so they blessed her and Rebekah and her maidens rode camels and followed the servant.
Isaac went out to pray in the field at evening, and he looked up and saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked and when she saw Isaac, she got off her camel, because she had asked the servant who the man was that was walking in the field, and she knew it was Isaac, and so she took a veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac everything he had done.
And Isaac took Rebekah into his mother’s tent, and Rebekah became his wife, and he loved her, and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
Memory Verse: Genesis 24:56 “….do not hinder me, because the LORD has prospered my way.”
1. Where did Abraham want his servant to go to find a wife for Isaac? Answer: To the country where Abraham was born.
2. How did the servant pray that he would know who the LORD had chosen to be wife for Isaac? Answer: He prayed that the woman who gave his camels water to drink would be the woman.
Note: it is a blessing to see how the LORD answered this very specific prayer of the servant.
3. What did the servant do when he discovered who Rebekah was? Answer: He bowed and worshipped the LORD.
4. What did Rebekah do when her mother and brother wanted her to stay longer? Answer: She left her home and took her maidens and followed the servant.
5. What did Isaac do when the servant told him all that had happened? Answer: He took Rebekah into his mother’s tent and Rebekah became his wife and he loved her.