The Romantic Angel: Finding A Bride for Isaac

A special retelling of Genesis 24, when God sent his heavenly messenger to lead Isaac to Rebecca.

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It was providential that Eliezer had his eyes open as he prayed, because before he had finished a beautiful young woman came along with a jar on her shoulder. When Eliezer politely asked her for a drink, she not only complied but drew water for his camels as well. So far, so good. But who was she? She needed to be a part of Abraham’s clan.

Hoping against hope, Eliezer asked the 64,000-shekel question.

Her name was Rebecca. She was not only in the clan, but a grandniece of Abraham which made her a perfect choice to be a bride for Isaac.

Everything seemed to be falling into place, but Eliezer knew there were still two big problems: Would she agree to marry Isaac? Would her family allow her to leave and go to Canaan?

There was no guarantee, but by now Eliezer was almost ready to bet the family farm. He gave the astonished Rebecca three pieces of gold jewelry. Rebecca invited him home to meet the family.

The extravagant gift of gold jewelry to Rebecca was a clue that something unusual was happening, but her family tactfully did not ask questions. That could wait until after dinner. But Eliezer was so excited he could not wait. “I will not eat until you have heard what I have to say,” he insisted. Then the whole amazing story came tumbling out.

The family of Rebecca listened with amazement. Eliezer shared how Abraham was persuaded beyond a doubt that the Lord would send his angel and make Eliezer's journey a success. He also retold the improbable chain of events that had led him to the right geographical spot, how Rebecca appeared while he was still praying, and how she passed Eliezer's test. Could there be any doubt, with these strange twists of circumstances, that God had chosen Rebecca to be a bride for Isaac?

The family answered, “This is of the Lord! Here is Rebecca. Take her and let her become Isaac’s wife, as the Lord has directed.”

Rebecca said, “I will go.”

So Rebecca became Isaac’s wife, and he loved her.

For thousands of years as this story has been told and retold, the faithful have never doubted that God’s angel, a holy matchmaker, played a most important part in the history of Israel and in one of the most beautiful love stories of all time.

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William D. Webber
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