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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Genesis 24

 

 


Verses 1-67

Abraham Takes a Wife for His Son Isaac - Genesis 24:1-67 tells the story of how Abraham sent an unnamed servant to the city of Nahor to take Rebekah as a wife for his son Isaac. Some scholars suggest that this story serves as an allegory of how the Holy Spirit has been sent with gifts from Heaven by God the Father to take the Church as His bride. Rebekah would represent the Church. The unnamed servant would represent the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 24:1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.

Genesis 24:1 — "And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age" - Comments- According to Scriptures, Abraham was approximately one hundred forty (140) years old at this time, because he was one hundred (100) years old when Isaac was born ( Genesis 17:17) and Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah ( Genesis 25:20). Abraham lived another 35 years after this event, because he was 175 years old when he died ( Genesis 25:7).

Genesis 17:17, "Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?"

Genesis 25:20, "And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian."

Genesis 25:7, "And these are the days of the years of Abraham"s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years."

Genesis 24:2 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:

Genesis 24:2 — "his eldest servant of his house" - Comments- The eldest servant in Abraham's house is probably Eliezer of Damascus ( Genesis 15:2).

Genesis 15:2, "And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?"

Genesis 24:7 — "Unto thy seed" - Comments- Note the use of the phrase "unto thy seed" in Galatians 3:16, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ."

Genesis 24:19Comments- Abraham's servant brought ten camels with him on his journey to the East. A camel can travel long distances without water. Although the amount of water they drink per day varies according to temperature and physical exertion, a large, thirsty camel can drink up to fifty-three gallons of water per day in hot weather. 215] If these camels drank half of this amount after a day's journey, perhaps twenty gallons, this means that Rebekah would have to draw two hundred gallons of water from the well. If she was using a jug of perhaps five gallons, this meant drawing from the well forty times and then making forty trips to the watering trough. If each draw from the well with a trip to the trough took three minutes, then she would have to work for two hours.

215] Anne I. Dagg, "Camel," in The World Book Encyclopedia, vol 3 (Chicago: World Book, Inc, 1994), 78.

Genesis 24:27 — "I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master"s brethren" - Comments- In the early 1980"s, I had a similar experience, just as Abraham"s servant had in this passage of Scripture. A man whom I had attended junior high school with had been put in the Panama City jail for manslaughter charges. His mother found out that I was pastoring a church in town and she asked me to visit him in this prison. Song of Solomon , on a Sunday morning, I met with a group of believers, who assembled each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. for prayer before dividing up and visited the prisoners in this county jail. I quietly attended the gathering, and each person was assigned a certain floor to go to in order to minister the Gospel. I told no one why I was there, nor who I was looking for. They probably would not know Dallas any way. I was assigned to visit the sixth floor. We all went to the elevator, and climbed in. Somehow, I accidentally got off on the third floor, without intending to do so. The first cell I walked up to was large, with about a dozen men in it. I then wandered down the corridor, found a fellow believer, and stood with him while he shared the Gospel with a prisoner. But something moved me to go back to this first cell that I had encountered. I went back, looked in, and to my amazement, there I saw Dallas Self, sitting at a table in this cell. I called him over, and shared with him for a short while about serving Jesus. He appreciated my visit. I saw God"s hand of providence in this encounter. I had found the person I need to see, without even wondering how it could be possible.

Genesis 24:28 And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother"s house these things.

Genesis 24:29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the Prayer of Manasseh , unto the well.

Genesis 24:28-29Comments- It is interesting to note how the Scriptures make no mention of Rebekah's father, Bethuel, meeting Abraham's servant. Rather, she ran and told "her mother's house" ( Genesis 24:28) and "Laban ran out unto the man" ( Genesis 24:29). Josephus indicates that Bethuel was dead at this time.

"‘They,' says she, ‘call me Rebeka; my father was Bethuel, but he is dead; and Laban is my brother; and, together with my mother, takes care of all our family affairs, and is the guardian of my virginity.'" (Antiquities 1162)

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Genesis 24:56Comments- Abraham's servant was saying in Genesis 24:56 that he had fulfilled his purpose of coming to Nahor and did not want to be delayed any longer. There was no need for him to remain there, so he requested permission to leave immediately with Rebekah.

Genesis 24:59 — "and her nurse" - Comments- We will later read in Genesis 35:8 that Rebekah's nurse was named Deborah.

Genesis 35:8, "But Deborah Rebekah"s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth."

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.

Genesis 24:61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

Genesis 24:62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.

Genesis 24:62Word Study on "the well Lahairoi" - Gesenius says the Hebrew name "well Lahairoi," or "Beerlahairoi," "beer Lamentations -Chay Ro"iy be-ayr" ( לַחַי רֹאִי בְּאֵר) (H 883) means, "well of the life of vision." Strong says it means, "well of the Living One my Seer," and is derived from two Hebrew words, ( בְּאֵר) (H 875) which means, "well, pit, spring" and ( חַי) (H 2416), which means, "living, alive." This is the same well that Hagar met an angel when she had been driven from the presence of Abraham and Sarah ( Genesis 16:13-14).

Genesis 16:13-14, "And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered."

Genesis 24:63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.

Genesis 24:63Comments- Note Isaac's evening prayer time, probably done on a regular basis. How important this daily prayer time is for us also.

Genesis 24:67Comments- Some scholars suggest that Isaac's marriage to Rebekah can be interpreted as a type of Christ's marriage to the church. Isaac is of the seed of Abraham, as Jesus Christ is of the same seed. Rebekah is from another place, like Christ providing salvation to the Gentiles.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Genesis 24:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/genesis-24.html. 2013.

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
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