Isaac and Rebekah, Genesis 22-24. Two great themes are woven into today's Bible passage. First, the main theme of the entire Old Testament, is that of Satan trying to destroy God's covenant with His people by trying to destroy the line of Christ. The second theme is the great love story between Isaac and Rebekah which shows God's faithfulness in preserving the line of Christ.
When they came to the place of
which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood
in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of
the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to
slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from
heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” 12 He
said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I
know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only
son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and
behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And
Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering
instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The
Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
Genesis 22:9-14, ESV
1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, 3 that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, 4 but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”
12 And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”
15 Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder. 16 The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. 17 Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water to drink from your jar.” 18 She said, “Drink, my lord.” And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. 19 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels. 21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not.
61 Then Rebekah and her young women arose and rode on the camels and followed the man. Thus the servant took Rebekah and went his way.
62 Now Isaac had returned from Beer-lahai-roi and was dwelling in the Negeb. 63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming. 64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel 65 and said to the servant, “Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. 66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67 Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
Genesis 24: 1-4, 12-21, & 61-67, ESV
Two great themes are woven into today's Bible passage. First, the main theme of the entire Old Testament, is that of Satan trying to destroy God's covenant with His people by trying to destroy the line of Christ. The second theme is the great love story between Isaac and Rebekah which shows God's faithfulness in preserving the line of Christ.
Isaac and Rebekah: Abraham and Isaac Make a Sacrifice to God
It is hard for us to understand the scenario of a father who is willing to sacrifice his only son at the command of the Lord. What a picture of faith! Abraham believed that God would grant him descendants as the sands of the sea through Isaac. He understood that either God would raise Isaac back to life, or would provide another sacrifice. Here we see Satan trying to get a foot in the door, but he is helpless before God.
Isaac and Rebekah: Rebekah Draws Water from the Well
Everyone loves a good love story that ends "happily ever after," but have you ever heard of love before first sight? Genesis 22-24 is rich with great testimonies of faith in God and, more importantly, God's faithfulness to His people. Do you think it was an accident that Rebekah came to the well to draw water at exactly the same time that Abraham's servant was there searching a wife for Isaac? Before time began, God had ordained that Isaac and Rebekah should marry.
Think of the faithfulness of Rebekah! How many women today would drop everything and leave the whole world they know because a man comes looking for a wife for his employer's son? She willingly left her home to marry a man she had never seen! What if Isaac hated her or rejected her? What kind of humiliation would she suffer then? We know the rest of the story, don't we? It was truly love before first sight!
Isaac and Rebekah: Isaac Comforted
And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel and said to the servant, “Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death. Genesis 24:62-67
This same God is living and working among His people today. This same God did offer His only Son as a sacrifice to bring salvation to a people, lost and full of sin. Pray that God will strengthen your faith and that you will live this day rejoicing in God's faithfulness to His people.