Isaac and Rebekah
1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.
2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
3 And I will make thee swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?
6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.
7 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.
8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
K.J.V. Bible Text
We learn in today’s reading that when Abraham grew old, he became concerned that his son might marry a Canaanite, one of the people in the land where Abraham lived; but Abraham apparently trusted God to keep the promises he had made and to offer more assistance if necessary to ensure they would come to pass.
The elderly man made a trusted servant swear that he would go to Abraham’s native country and there find a wife for his son, Isaac.
The servant questioned whether or not the woman would be willing to come back with him.
Abraham told the servant the Lord would send an angel before him on his journey so that the wife he found would be willing to come back with him. He explained to the servant that Isaac must remain in the land of Canaan because of the Lord’s promise that Abraham’s offspring would inherit the Canaanite land.
When Abraham told his servant that if the woman refused to come with him, he would be relieved of his promise, it seems possible to me that he was trying to relieve the servant’s anxiety. I am sure Abraham was confident the Lord would indeed see that the woman returned willingly because Abraham had many reasons to have a strong faith in God’s promises.
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