Dave Burnette's Commentary

Genesis Chapter 24

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1450-1410 BC)
Overview: The Record of God's Chosen People (c 23-50)
Theme: The Story of Abraham (c 12-25)
Message: Isaac Marries Rebekah  (v 1-65)

Genesis 24 Commentary

(24:1-4)  A Plan for Issac's Marriage - Abraham wanted Isaac to marry within the family. This was a common and acceptable practice at this time that had the advantage of avoiding intermarriage with pagan neighbors. Ason's wife was usually chosen by his parents.

(24:6) Abraham Obeys God's Prompting -  Abraham wanted Isaac to stay in Canaan, but he didn't want him to marry one of the local girls. To have Isaac marry a woman from Canaan would have been easier. But Abraham wanted to obey God in the who as well as in the where. Like Abraham, make your obedience full and complete.

(24:11) God Chooses the Well - The well, the chief source of water for an entire village, was usually located outside town along the main road. Many people had to walk a mile or more for their water. They could use only what they could carry home. Farmers and shepherds would come from nearby fields to draw water for their animals. The well was a good place to meet new friends or to chat with old ones. Rebekah would have visited the well daily to draw water for her family.

(24:12) Eliezer Seeks God's Plan -  Abraham's servant (most likely Eliezer; see 15;2) asked God for guidance in this very important task. Obviously Eliezer had learned much about faith and about God from his master. What are your family members, friends, and associates learning about God from watching you? Be like Abraham, setting an example of dependent faith. And be like Eliezer, asking God for guidance before any venture.

(24:14) Eliezer Looks for a Specific Sign -  Was it right for Abraham's servant to ask God for such a specific sign? The sign he requested was only slightly out of the ordinary. The hospitality of the day required women at the well to offer water to weary travelers, but not to their animals. Eliezer was simply asking God to show him a woman with an attitude of service--someone who would go beyond the expected. An offer to water his camels would indicate that kind of attitude. Eliezer did not ask for a woman with good looks or wealth. He knew the importance of finding a woman with the right heart, and he asked God to help him with this task.

(24:15-16) Rebekah's Beauty Comes from Within -  Rebekah had physical beauty, but the servant was looking for a sign of inner beauty. Appearance is important to us, and we spend time and money improving it. But how much effort do we put into developing our inner beauty? Patience, kindness, and joy are the beauty treatments that help us become truly lovely--on the inside. 

(24:18-21) Rebekah shows a Servant's Heart -  Rebekah's servant spirit was clearly demonstrated as she willingly and quickly drew water for Eliezer and his camels. The pots used for carrying water were large and heavy. A thirsty camel drinks a lot of water--up to 25 gallons after a week's travel. Seeing Rebekah go to work, Eliezer knew this was a woman with a heart for doing far more than the bare minimum. Do you have a servant spirit? When asked to help or when you see a need, go beyond the minimum.

(24:26-27) God Answers Abraham's Prayer - As soon as Abraham's servant knew that God had answered his prayer, he thanked God for his goodness and guidance. God will also use and lead us if we are available like Eliezer. When this happens, our first response should be praise and thanksgiving that God would choose to work in and through us.

(24:42-48) Eliezer Praises the Lord - When Eliezer told his story to Laban, he spoke openly of God and his goodness. Often we do the opposite, afraid that we will be misunderstood, rejected, or seen as too religious. Instead, we should share openly what God is doing for us.

(24:64-65) Isaac Meets His Bride - When Rebekah saw Isaac, her husband-to-be, coming to greet them, she followed two ancient Middle Eastern customs. She dismounted from her camel to show respect, and she placed a veil over her face as a bride.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Right Spouse

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. There are many applications we can make from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Genesis with Chapter 24, and in today's text, we see Abraham consulted with His servant Eliezer to go to their country to find a bride for Isaac since they were in the land of the Canaanites, an ungodly group of people. Eliezer took his responsibility very seriously and sought the Lord's instruction to find the exact bride for Isaac, Rebekah. In applying, we see the example before us to seek the Lord when seeking a lifelong spouse. The Lord intends for us to be married for life, but today we see 60% of relationships ending in divorce. Amazingly the numbers for Christians are the same for the lost. Let us look at the Guidelines for finding a lifelong spouse in our text today. We must seek the Lord and choose His choice for our lives. Rebekah was attractive but showed character qualities the Lord pointed out to Eliezer. Today there is so much emphasis on physical attributes instead of a person's character qualities. If you are seeking a spouse, look at today's text, and seek the Lord for His choice for you. If you are a Christian, seek a Christian, seek Godly counsel in choosing a mate, and seek your parent's counsel because the Lord uses all these sources to speak to you in this matter. Let us learn from our text today to seek the Lord when you choose your spouse, and you will reap a lifetime of blessings.


Genesis 24

Genesis 24

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

 2And 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:

 3And 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:

 4But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

 5And 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?

 6And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.

 7The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.

 8And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.

 9And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.

 10And 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.

 11And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.

 12And he said O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.

 13Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:

 14And 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; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.

 15And 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.

 16And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.

 17And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.

 18And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.

 19And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.

 20And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.

 21And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

 22And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;

 23And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in?

 24And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.

 25She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.

 26And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.

 27And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.

 28And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.

 29And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.

 30And 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.

 31And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.

 32And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him.

 33And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.

 34And he said, I am Abraham's servant.

 35And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.

 36And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath.

 37And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:

 38But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.

 39And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.

 40And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house:

 41Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.

 42And I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:

 43Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;

 44And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom the LORD hath appointed out for my master's son.

 45And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.

 46And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.

 47And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.

 48And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son.

 49And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.

 50Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

 51Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.

 52And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.

 53And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.

 54And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.

 55And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.

 56And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.

 57And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.

 58And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.

 59And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.

 60And 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.

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

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

 63And 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.

 64And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.

 65For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.

 66And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.

 67And 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.