Rebecca protects the Covenant.
Genesis 24:1-9, Abraham sends for a nice Hebrew girl for Isaac.
Random Walk in a Gallery of Religious Art, Step 5: Genesis 24:10-27, Eliezer and Rebekah
Genesis 24:28-49, Rebecca is the one...
Genesis 24:50-67, But will she come?
Genesis 25:20-28, Rebecca has twins; 26:1-14, and is protected.
Gen. 26:34-27:17; 27:41-28:5, Rebecca ensures that Jacob marries some nice Hebrew girls.
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|Everybody knows that the servant who was sent by Abraham to find a wife for Isaac was his right-hand man, Eliezer, and our illustration is called “Eliezer and Rebekah.” Imagine my surprise when I read John Wesley’s note that said the servant was “Probably Eliezer of Damascus.” I reread more carefully, and sure enough, the servant’s name is not given. Read carefully for yourself, people, and don’t take my word for anything. Or the artist’s word, obviously.
I love the way Eliezer is looking at Rebekah. Can she be the one? He leans forward on his staff and stares at her intently. You can see his tension in the way the muscles and veins stand out on his arm. He has traveled far on a search for a wife for his master’s son, and it’s important that he find the right one. He has prayed for a sign from God; will this beautiful young woman be gracious enough to water his camels? Will she be related to his master’s family? Yes, on both counts. She runs to ease the thirst of the exhausted camels and men, and she is Abraham’s own great-niece, first cousin once removed to Isaac.
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"Eliezer and Rebekah" by Gustave Doré, from the Gartin family Bible, now in the private collection of Regina Hunter.