Genesis 24: 62-67: The beauty of marriage.

“62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate,[a] and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked the servant, ‘Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?’ ‘He is my master,’ the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself. 66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 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.” NIV UK

There is something beautiful about the closing section of this story. We see Isaac the meditative man (63). This short sentence seems to provide such insight into the kind of person Isaac was. We are also caused to consider afresh God’s detailed care in the statement that ‘’…Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death’’ (67). When marriage functions as God intended, there is mutual comfort for wife and husband.

Tom Hale writes: ‘We are left in wonder at God’s provision not only for Isaac but also for Rebekah. One moment she was an unknown village girl. Then she offered some water to a stranger (Mark 9:41). The next moment she was betrothed to Isaac, heir to wealth, heir to the promises of God. Before long she would become the mother of a nation, Israel, out of which would issue the Messiah, God’s Son. Truly her faith was rewarded more abundantly than she could ever have imagined.’ ‘Applied Old Testament Commentary’, pp.167, 168.

Writers have often commented on the servant in this story as a type of the Holy Spirit, who is self-effacing, and brings the ‘bride’ (the church) to Jesus.

‘This is an illustration of personal salvation. The Spirit speaks to us about Christ and shows us His treasures, and we trust Christ even though we have never seen Him (1 Peter 1:8).’ Warren W. Wiersbe: ‘With the Word’,pp.32, 33.