Genesis 24* Abraham's care for Isaac's marriage. (1-9) The journey ofAbraham's servant to Mesopotamia, His meeting with Rebekah.(10-28) Rebekah and her relatives consent to her marriage.(29-53) The happy meeting and marriage of Isaac and rebekah.(54-67)1-9 The effect of good example, good teaching, and the worshipof God in a family, will generally appear in the piety,faithfulness, prudence, and affection of the servants. To livein such families, or to have such servants, both are blessingsfrom God which should be highly valued, and thankfullyacknowledged. But no concern in life is of greater importance toourselves, to others, or to the church of God, than marriage. Ittherefore ought always to be undertaken with much care andprudence, especially with reference to the will of God, and withprayer for his direction and blessing. Where good parents arenot consulted and regarded, the blessing of God cannot beexpected. Parents, in disposing of their children, shouldcarefully consult the welfare of their souls, and theirfurtherance in the way to heaven. Observe the charge Abrahamgave to a good servant, one whose conduct, faithfulness, andaffection, to him and his family, he had long known. Observealso, that Abraham remembers that God had wonderfully broughthim out of the land of his birth, by the call of his grace; andtherefore doubts not but He will prosper his care, not to bringhis son thither again. God will cause that to end in ourcomfort, in which we sincerely aim at his glory. 10-28 Abraham's servant devoutly acknowledged God. We haveleave to be particular in recommending our affairs to the careof Divine providence. He proposes a sign, not that he intendedto proceed no further, if not gratified in it; but it is aprayer that God would provide a good wife for his young master;and that was a good prayer. She should be simple, industrious,humble, cheerful, serviceable, and hospitable. Whatever may bethe fashion, common sense, as well as piety, tells us, these arethe proper qualifications for a wife and mother; for one who isto be a companion to her husband, the manager of domesticconcerns, and trusted to form the minds of children. When thesteward came to seek a wife for his master, he did not go toplaces of amusement and sinful pleasure, and pray that he mightmeet one there, but to the well of water, expecting to find onethere employed aright. He prayed that God would please to makehis way in this matter plain and clear before him. Our times arein God's hand; not only events themselves, but the times ofthem. We must take heed of being over-bold in urging what Godshould do, lest the event should weaken our faith, rather thanstrengthen it. But God owned him by making his way clear.Rebekah, in all respects, answered the characters he sought forin the woman that was to be his master's wife. When she came tothe well, she went down and filled her pitcher, and came up togo home with it. She did not stand to gaze upon the strange manhis camels, but minded her business, and would not have beendiverted from it but by an opportunity of doing good. She didnot curiously or confidently enter into discourse with him, butanswered him modestly. Being satisfied that the Lord had heardhis prayer, he gave the damsel some ornaments worn in easterncountries; asking at the same time respecting her kindred. Onlearning that she was of his master's relations, he bowed downhis head and worshipped, blessing God. His words were addressedto the Lord, but being spoken in the hearing of Rebekah, shecould perceive who he was, and whence he came. 29-53 The making up of the marriage between Isaac and Rebekahis told very particularly. We are to notice God's providence inthe common events of human life, and in them to exerciseprudence and other graces. Laban went to ask Abraham's servantin, but not till he saw the ear-ring, and bracelet upon hissister's hands. We know Laban's character, by his conductafterwards, and may think that he would not have been so free toentertain him, if he had not hoped to be well rewarded for it.The servant was intent upon his business. Though he was come offa journey, and come to a good house, he would not eat till hehad told his errand. The doing our work, and the fulfilling ourtrusts, either for God or man, should be preferred by us beforeour food: it was our Saviour's meat and drink, #Joh 4:34|. Hetells them the charge his master had given him, with the reasonof it. He relates what had happened at the well, to further theproposal, plainly showing the finger of God in it. Those eventswhich to us seem the effect of choice, contrivance, or chance,are "appointed out" of God. This hinders not, but ratherencourages the use of all proper means. They freely andcheerfully close with the proposal; and any matter is likely tobe comfortable, when it proceeds from the Lord. Abraham'sservant thankfully acknowledges the good success he had metwith. He was a humble man, and humble men are not ashamed to owntheir situation in life, whatever it may be. All our temporalconcerns are sweet if intermixed with godliness. 54-67 Abraham's servant, as one that chose his work before hispleasure, was for hastening home. Lingering and loitering no waybecome a wise and good man who is faithful to his duty. Aschildren ought not to marry without their parents' consent, soparents ought not to marry them without their own. Rebekahconsented, not only to go, but to go at once. The goodness ofRebekah's character shows there was nothing wrong in her answer,though it be not agreeable to modern customs among us. We mayhope that she had such an idea of the religion and godliness inthe family she was to go to, as made her willing to forget herown people and her father's house. Her friends dismiss her withsuitable attendants, and with hearty good wishes. They blessedRebekah. When our relations are entering into a new condition,we ought by prayer to commend them to the blessing and grace ofGod. Isaac was well employed when he met Rebekah. He went out totake the advantage of a silent evening, and a solitary place,for meditation and prayer; those divine exercises by which weconverse with God and our own hearts. Holy souls loveretirement; it will do us good to be often alone, if rightlyemployed; and we are never less alone than when alone. Observewhat an affectionate son Isaac was: it was about three yearssince his mother died, and yet he was not, till now, comforted.See also what an affectionate husband he was to his wife.Dutiful sons promise fair to be affectionate husbands; he thatfills up his first station in life with honour, is likely to dothe same in those that follow.
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