I greet and bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of Genesis 24:67, “Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebecca. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
From the above context we learn about Isaac, and his marriage with Rebecca. He wasn’t married till 40 years. His mother was not able to see the marriage of her son while she was alive. But after her death there was sorrow in his house. There was worry in his house. Whenever he was at home he was reminded about his mother, He was filled with past memories of his mother. How his mother used to play with him, feed him and move about here and there with him. So in order to forget his worries he went out in the evening He used to sit out in a particular place and used to meditate on the word of God. He used to shed tears before the presence of His holy God. Since Isaac was filled with sorrow Abraham his father wanted to comfort him by getting him married. So Abraham’s servant, Eliezer was asked to go in search of a bride for his masters son, Isaac in the land of Abraham’s father Terah that is (Padan Aram. ) He was asked by Abraham not to select a bride from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom they dwelt. So Eliezer went to a far off country Padan Aram and chose Rebekah the daughter of Bethuel. The young woman was very beautiful and well pleasing to look at. Moreover she behaved in the way Eliezer had asked God to guide him in selecting the bride. When Eliezer went to that place he saw a woman coming towards him with a pitcher on her shoulder. He asked her for some water to drink. She readily gave him water to drink and also drew water for his camels. This was the sign with which he chose the girl for his master’s son.
On hearing that she was the daughter of Bethuel, he gave her a golden nose ring weighing, half a shekel , and two bracelets for her wrists, weighing ten shekels of gold. Eliezer bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord. He said, “Blessed be the Lord, God of my master Abraham, , who has not forgotten His mercy, and His Truth, toward my master.”’Now having chosen the bride for his master’s son, he did not want to linger anywhere. When both the father Bethuel and brother Laban heard all that Eliezer had to say, they consented to send Rebekah along with him to Abraham’s house in Canaan. They blessed Rebekah and she departed from her father’s house.
On the other hand we see Isaac a man of God who was mourning over the death of His beloved mother. He brought to remembrance all the past memories to catch a glimpse of the past happenings and his love for his mother and the way she entertained him all these years. He went out to take the advantage of a silent evening, and a solitary place, for meditation and prayer; those divine exercises by which he conversed with God. He felt good to be alone, he rightly employed; in meditation and fellowship with God. Observe what an affectionate son Isaac was: it was about three years since his mother died, and yet he was not, till now, comforted. See also what an affectionate husband he was to his wife. Dutiful sons promise fair to be affectionate husbands; he that fills up his first station in life with honor, is likely to do the same in those that follow.
Isaac receives his bride. He had been at Beer-lahai-roi, the place where Hagar had an encounter with the angel of the Lord, it was a place to awaken thoughts of an overruling Providence. “To meditate.” In this hour of his grave reflection comes his destined bride with her faithful escort in his sight before. Rebekah alights off the camel. May be she became aware that she had approached her husband’s house through the escorts who followed with her.
Rebecca, concludes at once that this must be Isaac her future husband and on being informed by the servant that this is his young master, she puts on the veil, which covers the head, and hangs down gracefully both behind and before. Eliezer reports the success of his mission, and presents Rebekah. Isaac brings his cousin’s daughter into the apartments formerly occupied by his mother, and accepts her as his wife. “And he loved her.” The Bible records for the first time the importance of the social affections. It comes in probably because Isaac had not before seen his bride, and now felt his heart drawn toward her, when she was presented to his view. All things were evidently done in the fear of God, We have here a description of the primeval marriage. It is a simple taking of a woman for a wife before all witnesses, and with suitable feelings and expression of reverence toward God, and of desire for his blessing. It is a pure and holy relation, reaching back into the realms of innocence, and fit to be the emblem of the humble, confiding, affectionate union between the Lord and his people.Thus we see how Isaac got married to Rebecca and how God blessed them in the future and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
Just as God comforted Isaac God will comfort those of you who are reading this message with great sorrow. You are saying, “I have lost my dear one, and there is no one to comfort me.” Well God alone can comfort you and He will surely comfort you and strengthen you. He will wipe away your tear from your eyes and comfort and console you and help you to rejoice like never before, as Isaac was comforted. “’Comfort yes, comfort My people”, says the Lord. God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank you for helping us know how Isaac was comforted by his wife Rebecca, after the death of his mother. Teach us also to meditate upon the word of God, and be comforted through Your word. May we act wisely like Eliezer who proved to be a faithful servant to his master Abraham. Help us to receive a sign as a proof of your presence and working in the midst of us.