Torah Study 30: Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah - Genesis (24: 42-67)
Genesis 24: 42-67 tells how the servant met Eliezer Rebekah. According to the plan of God, Rebekah became the wife of Isaac. Here too we see how God determines the history of mankind. Everything goes according to his large master plan. That Isaac was going to marry Rebekah was conceived by God in advance. That is why Eliezer knew exactly which woman to choose for Isaac. This article is written on the basis of sources from Jewish holy books.
Genesis 24: 42-67
Now I came to the well today and I said: Lord God of my lord Abraham, want to prosper the way I am going; behold, I stand by the well; let it now be so that the virgin who comes out to draw and who, when I say to her, Give me a little water to drink from your pitcher, will say to me: Drink yourself, and also for your I will put camels to be the woman whom the Lord has ordained for my lord's son ... Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, This is a blessing from the Lord; we cannot say anything to you, for evil or for good. Behold, there is Rebekah, take her, and go, that she may be the wife of your lord's son, as the LORD hath said. And Isaac came from the direction of the Lachai-rof pit; he lived in the Zuiderland. Isaac went out by nightfall to ponder in the field. He opened his eyes and saw camels coming. When Rebekah opened her eyes and saw Isaac, he slid off the camel. And she said to the servant, Who is the man there who meets us in the field? And the servant said: That is my lord. Then she took the veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac everything he had done. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. Thus Isaac found comfort after the death of his mother.
From Hebron to Charan is a 17-day trip and Eliezer made the trip in three hours.
Then her brother and her mother said.
But where was Bethuel? He wanted to prevent it and so he was hit during the night.
Let us call the girl and ask her for a verdict.
We learn from this that we should not marry a woman without her permission.
Isaac went out to pray in the field ... and see! camels are coming.
Rebekah came to Isaac
Sometimes a person has to go to his partner and sometimes his partner comes to him. In this case of Isaac, his wife came to him, for it is written: "And he saw and behold camels coming." Jacob, however, went to his wife because it is written: "And Jacob went to Beer Sheva ..." (Genesis 28:10)
And Isaac brought her to Sarah's tent.
This verse can also be accentuated: "And Isaac brought her into the tent — his mother Sarah," emphasizing that when she came into the tent she became his mother Sarah. For as long as Sarah lived, a cloud (meaning the Divine presence) hung over her tent; when she died the tent disappeared; but when Rebekah came the cloud returned. Her doors were wide open as long as Sara was alive; openness diminished at her death; but when Rebekah came it returned. As long as Sarah was alive, there was a blessing on her dough and the lamp that usually burned from the evening of the Sabbath to the evening of the next Sabbath; when she died they declined; but when Rebekah came they returned.
And Isaac comforted his mother.
Comfort his wife
This is how it goes in the world: as long as a person's mother lives, he is attracted to her; when she dies he finds comfort with his wife.
Summary - questions
To check for yourself whether you have understood the text correctly, here are a few questions. You will find the answers in the text above.
How long did Eliezer's journey from Hebron to Charan take?
What do we learn from Genesis 24:57?
How did Isaac and Jacob approach their wives? What was the difference?
What is meant by Rebekah becoming Sara?
Where does Isaac find comfort when his mother died?
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