Abraham had no more revelations from God, yet he knew God was
with him in this matter.
Isaac loves Rebekah, whom he has not seen: "Though you have
not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe
in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy" (1Pe
CHIEF (ELDEST) SERVANT: Eliezer: Gen 15:2.
PUT YOUR HAND UNDER MY THIGH: Cp Gen 47:29; "A
transaction of great and solemn import". A euphemism prob ref the organ of
procreation. Showing faith in promises made to Abraham re his seed (v 7). The
old man Abraham has a simple faith that God will, by His providence, provide a
solution to his problem of no seed.
Abraham's servant goes to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor (v
10). Abraham had had some news of his family there (Gen 22:20-24). A bride for
the "son of promise".
Spiritual lesson: The "bride" of the true "seed" must be
willing to leave her own country and her own family.
Abraham and his seed were to sojourn in Canaan and not to
leave: cp Gen 26:3.
Like any preacher, all Eliezer could do was declare. He could
not compel. See Act 18:6.
UNDER THE THIGH: A euphemism prob ref the organ of
procreation: cp v 2.
Eliezer also took men with him (v 54).
Typ: the messenger takes a sample of his master's "riches":
the gospel message, and the "earnest" of the inheritance (Eph 1:14).
CAMELS: One of the main indications of an anachronism
in the Bible was thought to be that of the camel. Genesis reports that camels
were mainstay beasts of burden and transportation already at the time of
Abraham, in the 18th century BC. Yet it was originally thought that camels were
first domesticated in the Middle East no earlier than the 12th century BC. This
anachronism was a clear indication of the later writing of the Bible. Or so it
was thought. All this changed with the turn of a shovel. Recent archaeological
finds have clearly demonstrated that the camel was domesticated by the 18th
century BC. What was previously thought to be a knockout punch against the
Bible, is now evidence supporting it.
KNEEL DOWN: Camels are actually taught this from birth
NEAR THE WELL: How many men (or their representatives)
met their future "brides" beside a well?
EVENING...THE WOMEN GO OUT TO DRAW WATER: In rural
area, women only draw water, esp in evening, to prepare the evening meal. By the
providence of God, he comes to the right place at the right time.
GOD OF MY MASTER ABRAHAM: From whom Eliezer had learned
his own faith...
I'LL WATER YOUR CAMELS TOO: Quite an added burden: each
camel would require 12-20 gal apiece. Drawing up by hand many skins full of
water: "Going the second mile!"
"Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking
I will hear" (Isa 65:24). Angelic supervision in the ways of providence (WP
ON HER SHOULDER: Egyptian and Negro carry on head, the
Syrian on shoulder or hip (LB 592).
BETHUEL: Bethuel is still alive (v 50), but for some
reason (illness?) he is insignificant throughout the story. Laban his son takes
his place (vv 28,29). The brother and mother make decisions, but not father (vv
53,55). Cp also Gen 29:5. In this point, the author is consistent; he knows more
than he tells. No fabrication: USC 32-34.
QUICKLY: Her haste complemented his haste (v 17). Cp
her attitude: vv 56,58.
Her kind consideration for tired travelers showed a complete
lack of pride... a willing and practical disposition, a warm and generous
ENOUGH FOR ALL HIS CAMELS: Not a simple task: v
GOLD NOSE RING: The gold ring, a token of betrothal: v
47; Isa 3:21; Eze 16: 12.
BEKA: AV: Half a shekel. "Beka" = to divide: Exo 38:26
-- the weight of the ransom money. "Rebekah" sig "to reunite that which has been
divided", ie Gentile bride to Jewish seed of promise. Rom 8:23: "the redemption
of the body".
Nahor was Abraham's brother. But his granddaughter is proper
age to marry Abraham's son (ie 3rd generation with 2nd). This is explained by
Abraham's great age at the birth of Isaac (USC 31).
KINDNESS AND FAITHFULNESS: This phrase is used quite
often in Scripture in connection with God's covenants of promise to the fathers
(Mic 7:20; Gen 32:9,10; Psa 89:28,29).
ON THE JOURNEY: "In the way" (AV). "In the way" a light
The bride-elect displays her "gifts" to others!
HER MOTHER'S HOUSEHOLD: Not "her father's house", as
did Rachel (ct Gen 29:2; see v 15n).
A change in appearance of the prospective bride!
Laban, true to character, is greedy and crafty, traits seen
later in his dealings with Jacob. For some, faith/promises are a means of
achieving gain (1Ti 6:5).
The camels dwell in the "house" also.
"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me
and to finish his work" (Joh 4:34).
Undoubtedly, Eliezer tells them of God's covenant with
Abraham, by which He will bless him and his special seed Isaac. Thus he preaches
the "gospel" to them (Gal 3:6-9). See esp v 60: To Rebekah: "Be the mother of
thousands!" -- showing faith and understanding of promises.
See Gen 17:1n.
DO NOT DETAIN ME (HINDER ME NOT): Ct the Levite with
concubine (Jdg 19:5-9). Rebekah believed that a glorious destiny awaited her; so
she was in haste to go to it! (Are we, as the "Bride" of Christ, as eager to go
forth to meet him?)
WILL YOU GO?: It was very unusual to ask the young
woman in these circumstances.
I WILL GO: No hesitation.
The separation from her family was real and irrevocable (prob
without the comfort of letters or visits). She was really severing all
connections with her home, followed by a long journey. At the end of it, she was
to marry a man whom she had never seen...
MAY YOU INCREASE TO (BE THOU THE MOTHER OF) THOUSANDS:
Impl understanding and faith. Cp to Sarah -- to be mother of kings and nations
The bride's long journey of faith to the Land of her
BEER LAHAI ROI: "Well of life and vision" (cp Joh
4:6-8). As with Eliezer (v 11), so a well figures in Isaac's life. See Gen
THE FIELD: In the field we have a study richly
furnished with texts for thought. From the mighty cedar to the humble hyssop,
from the soaring eagle down to the chirping grasshopper, from the blue expanse
of heaven to a drop of dew, all things are full of teaching. When the eye of
faith is opened, that teaching is impressed upon the mind far more vividly than
from written books. Our homes are neither so healthy, so suggestive of spiritual
things, so agreeable, or so inspiring as the fields. Let us count nothing common
or unclean, but feel that all created things point to their Maker, and then the
field will be "hallowed ground" to us.
ONE EVENING: Likewise, the evening is a good time for
reflection, meditation, prayer. The time of sunset, as it draws a veil over the
day, is suitable for that time of mental rest, when earthly cares yield to the
joys of heavenly communion. The glory of the setting sun excites our wonder, and
the solemnity of approaching night awakens our awe. If time permits, it would be
good to take a walk in the field or park in the evening. If not, however, we
know the LORD is in the town too, and will commune with us in our private room
or in the crowded street. Wherever we are, then, our hearts go forth to meet
MEDITATE: Poss related to some grief (the death of his
mother: v 67?) (USC 35). Cp v 67.
We should all know more, live nearer to God, and grow in
grace, if we were more alone. Meditation chews the cud and extracts the real
nutrients from the mental food gathered elsewhere.
REBEKAH... SAW ISAAC: Isaac found Rebekah while engaged
in private meditations; many others have found their best beloved in the same
SHE GOT DOWN FROM (LIGHTED OFF) HER CAMEL: A mark of
respect. She recognizes Isaac's position before God!
SHE TOOK HER VEIL AND COVERED HERSELF: (It was
necessary to be covered in the presence of a stranger.) The identity of Christ's
"bride" is hidden at the present time... veiled from the world!
SHE BECAME HIS WIFE, AND HE LOVED HER: "However
important it is that love should precede marriage, it is far more important that
it should continue AFTER marriage. The modern attitude lays all the stress upon
the romance before marriage, but the older Jewish view emphasizes the lifelong
devotion and affection after marriage" (Rabbi Hirsch).
ISAAC WAS COMFORTED AFTER HIS MOTHER'S DEATH: The
"marriage" of the Lamb brings comfort after the age-long reign of death over the
"Observe what an affectionate son Isaac was: it was about
three years since his mother died, and yet he was not, till now, comforted. See
also what an affectionate husband he was to his wife. Dutiful sons promise fair
to be affectionate husbands; he that fills up his first station in life with
honour, is likely to do the same in those that follow -- Luke 16:10"