Genesis 24 Commentary

Genesis 24 Commentary

The death of Sarah in chapter 23 is swiftly followed by an announcement that Abraham is very old. The blessing has to change hands. Isaac is commanded not to marry from the ungodly Mesopotamia or indeed from the ungodly Canaanites.

The key line is how the LORD oversees an entire marriage operation. Objectives are set and effort is made to achieve the objectives. The LORD moves and Rabekah is secured for Isaac. I have noted with increased admiration for Abraham’s servant’s tact. He does everything in the marketing books to sale Isaac as a wealthy and suitable man for the beautiful Rabekah. But it’s not bribery as the gold only comes out after Rabekah is won over. Even here we can see the crookedness of Laban. Later on Laban would father Leah and Rachael. These became Jacob’s wives. More on Laban later.

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.
vs 67

This verse got my attention. Isaac was missing his mother. Rebekah become mother to Isaac. Rebekah took the place of Sarah. Every man needs a mother, even when they are grown. When you marry right, you don’t miss your mother!

Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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