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Friday, September 7 2018
A Bible Journey, 24: Isaac and Rebekah
"Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her"
The LORD made known to Abraham that the salvation of all of humanity would come from a future Messianic descendant of Abraham, though the branch of Isaac. For that to happen, Isaac needed a wife.
To provide the Messianic "seed" prophecy with its original proclamation, Abraham sent one of his servants to find a wife for Isaac from among Abraham's Iraqi family in Syria (that happened because the journey from Iraq was done in two stages, with most of the family group settling in Syria, while Abraham continued on to the land of Canaan; see A Bible Journey, 15: The Exodus Prophecies).
"24:1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. 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: 24:3 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: 24:4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac." (Genesis 24:1-4 KJV)
From his settlement in Hebron, Abraham instructed the servant for how and where to find a wife for Isaac.
"24:5 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?
The servant was also a man of God. He departed on his mission with a prayer: "O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham."
"24:10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
The prayer was fulfilled, with the signs that were requested. There was no doubt that Rebekah was the LORD's choice, not merely for a wife for Isaac, but for one of His own human ancestors i.e. "the LORD God" was and is Jesus Christ (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God).
"24:15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
Rebekah then summoned her brother Laban (with whom Jacob / Israel would later live for twenty years when he too returned to Syria for wives from among his Iraqi family) for counsel.
"24:28 And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things. 24:29 And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well. 24:30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well. 24:31 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.
Rebekah had the final decision however. She went because she chose to. "And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go."
"24:50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good. 24:51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.
The caravan departed with a prophecy that would be fulfilled, not merely physically, but spiritually, by means of the salvation that would be made possible by the Messiah.
"24:59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. 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.
So it was the Isaac and Rebekah were married. There was no "church wedding." There was no "marriage license" from any government. But Isaac "took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her."
"24:62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country. 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. 24:64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. 24:65 For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us?
Fact Finder: Who were the children of Isaac and Rebekah?
This Day In History, September 7
1087: Norman King William I, known as "William the Conqueror," died. During his reign, he produced the Domesday Book, the first exhaustive survey of England.
1228: During the Sixth Crusade, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II landed in Acre, "Palestine" ("Palestine" is merely a variant pronunciation of "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?). The Roman "Kingdom of Jerusalem" was thereafter briefly restored (see A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1533: Queen Elizabeth I of England was born. The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, her reign began with the defeat of the Spanish Armada. During her time, Britain rose to international power and prominence, beginning colonization that produced its worldwide empire of commerce and civilization over the next 400 years. A golden age for Britain, Elizabeth's contemporaries were the likes of Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare, Walter Raleigh, Francis Drake, John Hawkins, Martin Frobisher and many others.
1543: Mary, Queen of Scots was coronated.
1630: The town of Trimontaine, Massachusetts, was renamed as Boston.
1714: The Treaty of Badan was signed. It was one of the Treaties included in the Peace of Utrecht which ended the War of The Spanish Succession.
1763: King George III issued a proclamation inviting citizens of the British Empire to settle in Canada. A large number of people did, including many patriotic, law-abiding conservatives (hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) from the New England colonies who saw no need for a rebellion. Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists.
When the U.S. invaded Canada a few years later in the War of 1812 (1812-1814), United Empire Loyalists and their adult children and grandchildren served among the British Army and Canadian militias that successfully defended Canada from U.S. "annexation" (i.e. to destroy Canada as a nation and rule it as a colony from Washington) - the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he started the war.
A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates them:
"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of
1812: Russian forces retreated from the army of Napoleon after the Battle of Borodino, near Moscow. Like Adolf Hitler 130 years later however, the invaders were eventually "stopped cold" by the Russian winter (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1822: Brazil declared independence from Portugal.
1860 "Red Shirt" forces under Giuseppe Garibaldi took Naples. The victory permitted Victor Emmanuel to become king of Italy.
1867: Adolphus abdicated as duke of Nassau and was granted 8.5 million thalers (origin of "dollars"; see The Birth Of The Dollar) and a few castles as compensation.
1940: During the Second World War, the Nazi "Blitz" of London began. The city was heavily bombed for 57 consecutive nights.
1953: Nikita Khrushchev became the leader ("First Secretary of the Communist Party") of the Soviet Union.
1979: The Chrysler Corporation requested $1.5 billion from the U.S. government to avoid bankruptcy.
1986: Bishop Desmond Tutu was enthroned as Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa. He was the first black head of South Africa's Anglicans.
1988: Abdul Ahad Mohmand, the first Afghan in space, returned to earth aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-5 after 9 days on the Mir space station.
1999: A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Athens, Greece. Over 140 people were killed, 500 injured and 50,000 people had their homes destroyed.
2004: Hurricane Ivan killed 39 people on Grenada and destroyed 90% of the buildings on the island (see also The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).
2005: Egypt held its first-ever multi-party presidential election.
2008: To delay further economic collapse of the housing industry, the U.S. Government took control of the two largest mortgage financing companies in the U.S., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
2012: Canada cut diplomatic ties with Iran by closing its embassy in Tehran and ordering the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from Ottawa, over support for Syria, nuclear plans and alleged rights abuses.