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GENESIS 24:1-4 And Abraham was old, and well-stirken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. 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: And I will make thee swear by the Lord, and 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: But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

Abraham is now 140 years old and Isaac is 40. Isaac is now old enough to marry. (By today's standards, he would be considered "over the hill" by most!)

Abraham probably thought he was close to the end of his life. He therefore decided to choose a wife for his son before he died, to assure Isaac didn't marry a Canaanite woman. He had no way of knowing he would live for another 35 years. Abraham called his oldest and most trusted servant to him and made him swear he would go to his home country and find his son a wife from among his kindred. The servant was concerned (and rightly so) that he would not be able to find a suitable bride for his master's son; especially one who would be willing to leave her family and go a long distance with a total stranger to wed a man she had never seen. Abraham assured him if he could not find such a woman he was free of the oath. The servant then placed his hand under Abraham's thigh and swore the oath. Most Bible Scholars agree the reason for the peculiar hand placement for making a vow was probably because this was the point of circumcision, the sign of the covenant, and also the point of virility and continuity.

24:13-14 "Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac;"

With ten camels and the appropriate gifts, the servant set out for Haran where Abraham's people lived. (Gen.27:43) He arrived in the evening when the women were coming out to draw water. He prayed to God that He would send the woman He wished Isaac to marry to the well and she would offer him and his camels water. Before he was even finished speaking, Rebekah came to the well and gave him and the camels of her water. When she told him who she was, he bowed his head and worshipped God. Rebekah was Abraham's brother's granddaughter; which would make her Isaac's second cousin. She was both courteous and fair to look at, and evidently not lazy. A perfect wife for his master's son. He gave her an earring and bracelets and then told her who he was. She ran to tell her brother. He brought the servant into his house and gave him and those that were with him food and a place to sleep.

Before the servant would eat, he had to tell his errand. I'm sure he could not rest until he knew for sure if his mission was successful. Rebekah's father and brother both perceived that this was, indeed, from God and they could not speak against it. They told the servant to take Rebekah and go back to Abraham. The servant worshipped God again and brought out the gifts he had brought with him and gave them to Rebekah and her family. They wanted him to stay with them at least ten days so they could say their good-byes but he insisted that they leave immediately. When asked, Rebekah agreed to go with him. They left the next morning.

24:66-67 "And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death."

As they were coming to the place where Isaac was, he had gone into the field to meditate. Seeing him, Rebekah got off the camel, took a veil, and covered herself. It was not appropriate for Isaac to see her before they were wed. After hearing all the servant had done to procure him a bride, Isaac must have been convinced this was of God, for he took Rebekah into his mother's tent and took her as his wife.

WHAT A WONDERFUL LOVE STORY!

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Do you have an unusual love story?
I would love to hear it!!!

I met my husband in church one Sunday night. I had not been going to church and my aunt kept begging me to go with her. The plan was to go one time and tell her I didn't like it so she would stop bugging me. But God had other plans for my life that night. Unknown to me, my aunt had told the pastor's nephew she was bringing her niece to church that night TO MEET HIM! (He says he was out in the parking lot waiting to see what I looked like. If he didn't like my looks, he had a date with another girl lined up at another church.) He came in. (HIS MISTAKE!) My sneaky aunt then invited him to her house and took me home with her; she then said my uncle was too tired to take me home and asked him to. I remember it like it was yesterday. I had already decided I didn't like him. He asked me out and for some reason I went! Then I told him I'd go out with him again on one condition, that he take me to see an Elvis movie that was playing at the drive-in; (He had an Impala convertible!) I even remember telling my mother, "I'm just going to the movie with the guy, I'm not going to marry him." (Little did I know.) I believe God put us together...we've been married for 36 years now.

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