Isaac, Part 1 (The Covenant & the Cross #53)

Today’s passage of Scripture is Genesis 24:7 which reads: “The Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.”

Allow me to share with you some further commentary on this passage from the Reformation Study Bible by Dr. R.C. Sproul:

Abraham assigned the important mission of finding a wife for his son to his most trusted manager, perhaps Eliezer of Damascus. He made him swear that he would not take a wife for his son from the Canaanites. The loins were viewed as the source of vital and procreative power. Such an oath was inviolable, even after the death of the one to whom it was sworn. Abraham sets an example for his descendants to secure wives from the blessed Semites, not the cursed Canaanites. Claiming God’s covenant promise, Abraham looks forward to God’s continuing guidance and provision. Abraham had learned from his experience with Hagar not to trust the flesh to secure the promise but to rely on God’s supernatural provision.

Today’s quote about the Bible is from William P. White. He said: “The Bible is a harp with a thousand strings. Play on one to the exclusion of its relationship to the others, and you will develop discord. Play on all of them, keeping them in their places in the divine scale, and you will hear heavenly music all the time.”

Our topic for today is titled “Isaac” (Part 1) from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.

Rebekah and Eliezer at the well.

Rebekah and Eliezer at the well.

Given all of the issues leading up to his birth, we expect to find Isaac a very special person. Instead, we get the impression that his only importance was as the son of Abraham and the father of Jacob.

The first thing we are told about Isaac is how Abraham procured a wife for him. He sent his servant back to Haran to arrange a marriage with a relative. Why go all this way for a wife? This decision may be a sign of the downward spiral of the local inhabitants. Approximately sixty years had passed since the rescue of Lot, and Melchizedek may well have been dead. As is often the case after the death of a great spiritual leader, the Jebusite community may have begun moving away from God.

The account of Abraham’s servant finding Rebekah is remarkable. He asked for a sign from Abraham’s God to show him the woman he had chosen for Isaac. The sign was to be that the right woman would volunteer to water his ten camels. Rebekah, the granddaughter of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, showed up, and the servant asked her for a drink. After Rebekah volunteered and had watered the camels, the servant learned that she was a relative of Abraham—just the people he had been sent to find. When he arrived at their house, he quickly related his quest and the sign that had been given to him. Rebekah’s father and brother, recognizing that Yahweh was in control, agreed that she should marry Isaac. Rebekah not only agreed to go but left the next day without a prolonged farewell. When they arrived in Canaan, she and Isaac were married.

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