#131 💕 Genesis 23-25 Issac & Rebekah 🐪 🐪 👰🏽♀️ 💫📿
Sarah dies, and he purchases a burial plot in a cave that he paid shackles as a binding contract. He buries her in the land and cave he bought from the Hittites. Abraham seeks a suitable wife for Isaac and sends his servant to visit his father's land to see her there. The servant, trusting God, goes there as instructed and meets Rebekah at the well. He says she will be the one if she comes to water his ten camels and give him a drink. She did, and he immediately met with her family to offer her a wealth of jewels. Isaac meets Rebekah and loves her.
Chapter 23: Sarah Dies and is buried in the Cave of Machpelah
Sarah passes away at 127 in Hebron, and Abraham mourns for Sarah. Yet, even in his grief, he is faithful to God and seeks to secure a burial place for his beloved wife and family. Abraham negotiates with the Hittites for a burial plot for Sarah, Abraham himself, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Leah. He purchases the cave of Machpelah as a commercial transaction, respecting the local customs of the day. This act symbolizes the enduring connection of Abraham's family to the land promised to them by God. They are likely still buried there in the cave purchased by Abraham.
Chapter 24: Issac meets Rebekah, and God's Covenant Continues
The story continues with Abraham's determination to find a suitable wife for his son, Isaac. He sends his trusted servant to his homeland to find a bride from among his people. Abraham's servant prayed for divine guidance, seeking a sign from God to identify the chosen woman.
Rebekah, the granddaughter of Abraham's brother Nahor, fulfills the servant's criteria by offering him and his camels water at the well. This act of kindness and hospitality serves as a confirmation from God. Rebekah's willingness to leave her family and homeland to marry Isaac demonstrates her faith and trust in God's plan for her life. Isaac marrying Rebekah fulfills God's covenant with Abraham to bless him and multiply his descendants.
Chapter 25: Birth of Esau and Jacob
Abraham marries again to Keturah and has six more children. However, God's promise to Abraham continues through the line of Sarah. Isaac gives birth to twin sons, Esau and Jacob. These two brothers' stories foreshadow the struggle between good and evil, righteous and unrighteous, believers and unbelievers., etc. A typology of Esau's decision to trade his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew is akin to all people who give up their permanent inheritance with God for temporary things on earth. Jacob steals Essau's birthright and blessings by trickery. Yet, God still chooses Jacob to give birth to his twelve children, i.e., the twelve tribes-the Israelites. Jacob is later renamed as well to become Israel.
These chapters emphasize the continuity of God's covenant through the generations, from the passing of Sarah to the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah and the birth of their twin sons. It lays the foundation of the Israelite nation and its destiny that unfolds to the very end of the Bible.