They would not resist the clearly revealed will of God, and they took it for granted that Rebekah would in turn agree to go with this man to become Isaac’s Wife, however the final decision would be left to Rebekah. (Genesis 24:57-58)
Their words again kindled the flame of reverential piety in the old man’s heart.
Genesis 24:52. And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth. (KJV)
Literally, he prostrated himself to the earth before Jehovah.
All the prayers, the giving of thanks, and the worship, by Eliezer was a reflection of his association with Abraham. God had already taken note of the influence that Abraham had upon his family and his servants.
Genesis 18:19. For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. (KJV)
After giving of thanks and worshipping Jehovah, the servant, acting on behalf of Isaac, gave Bridal presents of silver, and gold, and raiment, to Rebekah.
Genesis 24:53a. And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: (KJV)
These were not Wedding Gifts, but betrothal presents. The Wedding Gifts would consist of things of far greater value, and lasting duration.
Rebekah, in her wildest dreams, could never have conceived of the tremendous value of her fortune, both temporal and eternal. We will have more to say about that later in this chapter.
Genesis 24:53b. ..: He gave also to her brother (Laban) and to her Mother precious things. (KJV)
Rebekah’s Mother is mentioned here for the first time, as Eliezer continues to shower precious gifts upon her also, and he did not forget Laban.
Some time must have lapsed while Eliezer told of his mission, and then the acknowledgment of God’s purpose by Bethuel and Laban, then the bestowing of gifts by Eliezer.
Then with all this taken care of Eliezer was ready to sit down with the family for a meal.
Genesis 24:54a. And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; ... (KJV)
I’m sure that Eliezer was too excited to sleep that night.
Genesis 24:54b. ..; And they rose up in the morning, and he said, send me away unto my master. (KJV)
Eliezer was eager to return home to Abraham and Isaac. He was anxious for several reasons.
He had been gone for several weeks and it would take that long to return, and he realized that much can take place in a few months in the life of an old man like his master.
He also realized that his journey, and mission, had been very successful and rewarding, and he could not wait to present the chosen Bride to his Master’s Son.
Genesis 24:55. And her brother and her mother said, let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go. (KJV)
Laban and Rebekah’s Mother were willing to let Rebekah go but not so soon.
It was natural for them to ask that Rebekah be granted a few days to be with them before she left, for they realized that they would never see her again.
Genesis 24:56. And he said unto them, hinder me not, seeing the Lord hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my Master. (KJV)
But Eliezer was still urging for permission to depart, reminding them that all this was in the will of God.
7. I Will Go: (Genesis 24:57-67)
Genesis 24:57. And they said, we will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth. (KJV)
Even though the consent of Rebekah is not needed, because, according to ancient custom, oriental women were at the absolute disposal, in respect of marriage, of their parents and elder brothers, but in respect to their piety they wanted Rebekah to make the final decision.
Genesis 24:58a. And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, wilt thou go with this man? ... (KJV)
There is no doubt that Eliezer breathed another prayer as he anxiously awaited Rebekah’s answer.
Genesis 24:58b. ...? And she said, I will go. (KJV)
When consulted, Rebekah made the most important decision she would ever make in her life, she simply said, "I will go."
We said earlier Rebekah is a type of the Church, The called out Bride of Christ. Christ’s Bride is asked if she is willing to go. The Bride makes the choice to go.
The greatest choice a person can ever make when the invitation comes I will go.
Rebekah, expressed her readiness at once to accompany the messenger to his distant home.
Genesis 24:59. And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. (KJV)
Without further delay she was dismissed from her mother’s tent, attended by a faithful nurse, and probably two or three servant girls (Genesis 24:61a).
This faithful nurse, Deborah, remained with Isaac’s household long after the death of Rebekah. (Genesis 35:8)
Genesis 24:60. And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, thou art our sister, be thou the Mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
61a. And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, ... (KJV)
Expressive of the promptitude, and urgency, with which she put her decision into action. And enriched by the blessings of her pious relatives.
Genesis 24:61b. ..., And they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
What a picture we have here of the Church in her journey to meet the Bridegroom.
This was no joy ride on a camel for a few minutes, but a long journey across some of the most inhospitable land in the world.
The journey would cover nearly a thousand miles, and take probably six to eight weeks.
They would follow the trade routes along the Euphrates river then drop down through Syria into Canaan.
The first week or two they would be near the river where there would be grass and water and cool breezes.
They would pass through small villages where the people would turn out to see them pass.
They would only stop long enough to rest a short while, and for the camel drivers to feed and water the camels, then hurriedly mount and ride on, because Eleizer was anxious to get home and present the Bride.
The first few days passed quickly, and Rebekah was excited, with visions of her new home, and thoughts of her husband floating through her mind.
About the middle of the second week she would begin to notice that the camel was not comfortable to ride on.
Into the third week she would begin to notice that the camel’s breath smelled bad, in fact it just plain stunk. A camel is one of the most foul smelling animals in the world.
By the fourth week they had left the river and entered into the desert, with only an occasional oasis to break the miles and miles of sand, and the heat was suffocating.
The drudgery of the journey, the monotony of long hours of the plodding of the camels, the day never seemed to end where she could lie down and rest her weary body.
Her mind would begin to wander back and forth between the home she had left in Mesopotamia, and the place of which this stranger had told her of. "Is there really such a place?"
She may have begun to question her decision.
"Did I do the right thing?" "Will I fit into this family?"
"Will my Husband love me?" "Will we ever get there?"
Does this sound like our Christian experience?
When we first start our walk with the Lord we are excited beyond measure, by faith we have excepted his offer to remove our sins by his atoning blood.
He filled us with his Spirit, and with that filling came many great and precious promises, including eternal life in a Mansion in Heaven.
2 Peter 1:4. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (KJV)
He promised to comfort our hearts in times of distress. He also gave us many precious gifts. After all we are his espoused Bride.
We are in a sense like unto Rebekah.
Eliezer had given her some very precious gifts, along with some great promises that her husband was very rich, and these things he had given her were just a sample of what was waiting for her when they reached her new home.
Ephesians 1:13. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
14.Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his Glory. (KJV)
Rebekah went with Eliezer on the faith she had in his words. she believed in someone whom she had never seen, in like fashion we also believe in the words of Holy Scripture.
I Peter 1:8. Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: (KJV)
Eliezer did not promise Rebekah that the ride home would be a bed of roses, on the contrary, she understood that the way was long, and the conditions would be harsh.
But I’m sure Eliezer (a type of the Holy Spirit ) did promise to be near her, and to see to her every need.
In the same way the Holy Spirit is with us every step of the way, directing us, comforting us, strengthening us, rewarding us, desiring to make our journey easier.
When the camel’s back seemed a drudgery, when every thing about the journey was a chore, Eliezer was always there to help her bear the burden.
When her mind began to wander and something inside her made her question her decision, and something else says, "I wonder if it is really worth it," then all she had to do was to count the jewels, and weigh the gold and silver she had already received, and think, this is just a down payment.
The same is true with us, when the way seems uphill all the time, when the joy is hard to come by, and there will be days like that, just stop and count the blessings you have already received, and remember they are just the earnest of our inheritance.
The Real Benefits Lie Just Ahead.
By just staying on that camel, and sticking it out, Rebekah gained far more than she could have ever dreamed.
8. The Journey’s End, The Groom Receives His Bride:
Genesis 24:62a. "And ..." (KJV)
English grammar says never begin a sentence with the word ‘And’
After many weeks of traveling in all kinds of conditions, Eliezer and the Bridal train were nearing home.
All trials were behind them, the dust and sand, the heat, the fatigue, the discomfort of the camels, was all over, because they were almost home.
I’m sure that the day before Eliezer had told Rebekah that "Tomorrow We’ll Be There."
That morning he would have reminded her that "Today We’ll Be Home," and excitement must have once again surged within her.
Hour after hour she would have inquired of this trusted servant, "How Much Longer?"
The same holds true for the Church, this may be the day that we’ll be home.
The scripture simply shifts the scene from far-a- way Mesopotamia and a caravan of camels in their struggle against the elements with one word, "And ..." (Genesis 24: 62a)
Genesis 24:62. And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi (Hagar’s well Genesis 16:7,14); for he dwelt in the south country. (KJV)
Notice the shift from the struggle and bustle of the journey of bringing home the Bride, to the quite serenity of the Bridegroom’s place.
Like a cool breeze on a hot summer day.
Church, there is such a place, untouched by earthly struggle (read Revelations 22)
Isaac had probably been visiting the well which Hagar had found in the wilderness, when she was sent away by his father Abraham.
Genesis 24:63a. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: ... (KJV)
Home from the south country, Isaac had a lot on his mind.
It had not been long since his Mother’s death, (Genesis 23:1.2) and he was probably still in mourning over her.
All of his life he had been taught to pray and commune with his heart before God.
That day he went out to meditate, not about agricultural affairs, or improvements on his property, but chiefly he contemplated about his marriage.
Scarcely could the thought of Eliezer’s mission be excluded from Isaac’s mind.
Doubtless he would often, during the time of Eliezer’s absence, have his silent wondering about his return with the God provided Spouse.
No doubt the very evening that Eliezer stopped at the well in Mesopotamia and offered a prayer to God concerning the proper damsel for Isaac, he also was in the field, hundreds of miles away, meditating in prayer for his future Wife.
Almost certainly his prayers would ascend to Heaven on her behalf, as he meditated about her.
"What does she look like?"
"Is she kind?"
"Is she lazy?"
"Will she be a suitable partner?"
I said previously That Isaac was a type of Christ, the Bridegroom of the Church, you can rest assured that we, the espoused Bride, the Church, is always on his mind.
We Are A Product, And A Beneficiary Of His Prayers.
John 17:20. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; (KJV)
Genesis 24:63a. And Isaac went out to meditate ... To pray. (KJV)
Prayer is the thought expressed here.
Meditation is the nurse of prayer.
Meditation stirs up the spiritual fires within, and brings us closer to God.
While he was praying the answer was approaching.
Genesis 24:63b. ...: And he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. (KJV)
I feel that Isaac knew immediately that this was Eliezer returning with his Bride.
The wait was over, in minutes he would meet his Bride.
I’m sure he rushed forward to give a welcome to his Bride.
He came himself, he did not send a servant. (Genesis 24:65)
On the camel caravan Rebekah was looking and expecting, and each passing hour Eliezer would tell her how close they were to home.
Genesis 24:64a. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, …(KJV)
Rebekah was looking expectantly---"she saw Isaac."
The Writer Of Hebrews Reminds Us To Watch Expectantly.
Hebrews 9:28. ..; And unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (KJV)
When "She Saw Isaac," Her Heart Leaped Within Her, And All Her Weariness Vanished.
Paul tells us that when we see Christ that our mortal bodies shall be quickened (made alive) by his Spirit. (Romans 8:11)
One of the old Hymns says, "Just one glimpse of him in glory will all the toils of life repay." (When We All Get To Heaven)
Genesis 24:64. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. (KJV)
Literally, Fell; the word signifying a hasty decent.
One can only imagine the excitement and exhilaration which surged through her at that moment.
Genesis 24:65a. For she had said unto the servant, what man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? ... (KJV)
Isaac Was Coming To Meet Them.
Is not this the picture of Christ coming to meet his Bride?
Genesis 24:65b. ..? And the servant had said, it is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself. (KJV)
On learning who it was, she took a veil, a cloak-like veil which covers, not merely the face, but, like a large wrapper, covering nearly the whole form, making it impossible to recognize the person.
Brides did not show their faces to their intended Husbands, as may be found in the case of Leah and Jacob. (Genesis 39:23,25)
9.Presentation Of The Bride
As the friend of the Bridegroom, Eliezer would be the proud one who would present the Bride at this ancient, primitive, Wedding.
John 3:29. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the Bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. (KJV)
Genesis 24:66. And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.(KJV)
There was not one detail of the journey which Eliezer did not relate to Isaac.
Especially the incident at the well and how his prayer was answered so swiftly and surely.
He told Isaac how willing Rebekah was to give him water to drink, and also drew water for his camels, and then gave him and his men the invitation to come to her house.
In all this emphasizing how that God had made his journey prosperous.
He told how she was a woman with rights.
How that through no arbitrary compulsion, but with the free consent of her heart she made the decision to come.
Thus a dignity is accorded to her womanhood which was unusual for the ancient orient.
10.Isaac Receives His Bride
Genesis 24:67a. And Isaac brought her into his Mother (Sarah's )tent, (KJV)
In this act signifying that there was a new Princess of the family, Matron of his house.
What an honor this bestowed upon Rebekah, as Sarah was ordained a Princess by Jehovah (Genesis 17:15), and, no doubt, dwelt in the most elaborate tent in all of Palestine, and which had become a precious relic of the family.
Genesis 24:67b. .., And took Rebekah, and she became his Wife;... (KJV)
Isaac, in this ancient Wedding, publicly and solemnly, accepted Rebekah, in the presence of witnesses, as his Bride.
Thus, Without Elaborate Or Expensive Ceremonial Ritual, Rebekah "Became His Wife."
Genesis 24:67c. ..; And he loved her: ... (KJV)
To modern western thought many things concerning this Wedding belongs to a bygone time.
Rebekah comes, from far across the desert, by invitation of the friend of the Bridegroom, to marry a man whom she has never seen.
When she realizes that he is near, she immediately veils herself that he may not yet see her.
Those were strange customs, strange times, but what has time to do with these four words, "And He Loved Her?"
Ephesians 5:28. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. (KJV)
It is a man’s duty to love his wife; it ought to be his happiness; it certainly will prove to their best interest.
Isaac loved Rebekah when he first saw her, and he loved no other woman all his life but Rebekah
Isaac had every reason to love her, for, besides being beautiful and kindly and Godly, she had, for his sake, performed a heroic act of self sacrifice, and, better still, had been selected for, and bestowed upon him by his own, and his father’s God, Jehovah.
Genesis 24:67d...: And Isaac was comforted after his Mother's death. (KJV)
Some translations read, "His Father’s Death," which is recorded in the next chapter.
Rebekah was there to soothe his sorrows, to cure his cares, and to dispel his despondence.
Rebekah was a jewel, which came into the life of Isaac, and the family, which God had chosen to bring the light of his Salvation into the world.
Little did she realize that the strange man who said to her, "let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink," was the trusted servant of the father of the faithful, the representative man of her race.
Rebekah would have fulfilled all that was required of her in civility to a stranger had she simply complied with his request for a drink.
But the extra time and effort she spent drawing water for ten thirsty camels bought her eternal life.
Humanly speaking, that added touch changed the whole direction of her life, giving her, in exchange for obscurity, the premier position among women of her race, and a sure place in its marvelous history.
11. The Last Days Of Abraham
With these last few verses the scriptures closes out The last 35 years of Abraham’s life.
His great contribution to the work which God had called him for was almost over, and it remained for him to only remain true and faithful in these last few years.
With the marriage of Isaac, in the previous chapter, the scripture gently hands over the reigns of the Patriarchal Family to him.
Genesis 25:1. Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. (KJV)
It is impossible to calculate by the scriptures just how old Abraham was when he took Keturah as a Wife, or concubine.
Probably sometime after Sarah’s death, Keturah, who was probably a servant in the family, as Hagar had been, became a secondary wife to Abraham.
Even though Keturah succeeded Sarah in some ways, she never succeeded her in social status, as Rebekah had taken the role of matron of the chosen family.
Genesis 25:2. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. (KJV)
Six sons were born to Abraham by Keturah, seven grandsons, three great grandsons; in all sixteen descendants. (Genesis 25:2-4) Thus tying Abraham to many tribes and nations of the Arabs.
The Patriarch’s body, at 100 years old, was practically dead, (Romans 4:17-22) Yet restored to physical vigor just prior to the birth of Isaac, which must have remained for some years, even after Sarah’s death.
The narrative of verses(Genesis 25:1-4) is given to affirm the relationship of Abraham with certain Arabian tribes, and along with Ishmael and Isaac, would fulfill God’s promise to Abraham of a multitude of descendants.
Even today almost the entire Arab world, along with all Jews world wide, claim Abraham as their father. It Would Be Impossible To Calculate The Number Of Descendants From This One Man.
Genesis 25:5. And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.
6. But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.(KJV)
Abraham, realizing that at his death there would be a quarrel over his possessions, took steps beforehand to settle his estate.
Probably some of this had been done long ago when Hagar and Ishmael were sent away. Then, or some time later, Abraham took care of Ishmael by giving him his part of the inheritance.
To each one of the sons of Keturah Abraham gave a portion, along with instructions to leave this part of the country because it belonged to Isaac.
To Isaac, Abraham gave the major portion of his wealth, along with the land which God had promised him. But the greatest gift of all he gave to Isaac, the Blessing of the Covenant, being the true heir.
This is true concerning the Church. Paul tells us about this in the Book of Galations. (Galations 4:22-31)
Abraham had many sons by bonds women which were born of the flesh, to which he gave gifts. (Genesis 25:6). He had one son by Sarah, who was a free woman, to whom he gave all that he had. (Genesis 25:5)
The Church has many off springs, which hold some manner of the truth of God’s word, some more, some less. To each of these God gives gifts, some more, some less.
Some claim, and receive healing, they receive a certain amount of peace, they also receive many financial benefits, which comes from their faith in him.
But to the true Church, those who have followed his word faithfully, and have been washed in his blood, and filled with his spirit, and walk in true holiness, God will give, not just gifts, but all that he has.
12. Abraham’s Death:
Genesis 25:7. And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.
Abraham was 175 years old when he died. He lived 75 years after the birth of Isaac, and 38 years after the death of Sarah. He had lived in the promise land 100 years.
His grandfather, Nahor, lived 148 years, his father, Terah, lived 205 years, his son, Isaac, lived 180 years, and his Grandson, Jacob, lived 147 years, so he lived an average life for that period of time.
Genesis 25:8. Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. (KJV)
His end was peaceful, he breathed out his spirit into the hands of Jehovah, who gave it.
It is amazing how gently the scriptures tell about the death of the greatest of men and women who ever lived. Usually one or two verses tell the story. The scriptures want us to remember their life more than their death.
Observe in scriptures the deaths of Isaac (Genesis 35:29), of Jacob (Genesis 49:33), of Samuel (1 Samuel 25:1) of David (1 Kings 2:10, Psalms 31:5) of Jesus (Luke 23:46).
Genesis 25:9a. And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him ..; (KJV)
It is fitting that his two principal sons, Ishmael, and Isaac, should together lay their father in his final resting place. Whether the sons of Keturah were present, the Bible is silent.
Genesis 25:9b.... In the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;
10. The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his Wife. (KJV)
Abraham was laid to rest along side his Wife, and companion of 100 years, Sarah, in the only plot of ground which he ever owned, there in his beloved promise land.
It is the most honored and sacred burial grounds on earth. There lie Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Leah. Rachel, alone of that great family being absent. She is buried just outside Bethlehem.
There, in Machpelah, they await their final call from the one they honored, and loved, and worshipped, and followed, to the end of their natural life.
We have followed Abraham’s footsteps from Ur of Chaldees to his final resting place in Machpelah as he sought for "A Better Country, that is an heavenly (Hebrews 11:16)
The way led past splendid cities, great palaces, and master-works of irrigation that turned deserts into grain-fields, and down by the green pastures of the Nile in Egypt, and back into the harsh wilderness of Canaan where the wanderer found his home.
No greater human ever lived on earth than Abraham, who will forever be known as the Friend of God. To him, God has promised a city, which he hath prepared, "for he is not ashamed to be called their God (Hebrews 11:16).
We close our Study on the life of Abraham, and We hope you received some benefit from this Study of one of the greatest persons that ever live on earth. Abraham was a shining example of a man walking by Faith in God.
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