Reading: Genesis 24: 58-67
Verse 67: So she became his wife and he loved her and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
Abraham’s act of fatherly love culminates in a successful wedding. He has managed to do what all good parents try to do – bring joy to their children in times of sadness. Isaac is in mourning over the loss of his mother Sarah. Their relationship was especially close and her passing has created a large void in his life. Abraham was simply trying to remove this pain from Isaac’s life.
When we find ourselves in a time of suffering and sadness, we too want to be surrounded by those we love. We find comfort and compassion and, through our loved ones, our sorrows are alleviated. We seek out those who will love on us and turn our thoughts to brighter and happier things. This is the role Abraham plays for Isaac. The last line in today’s passage reads, “So she became his wife and he loved her and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death”.
As Rebekah responds to the call to go, her family sends her with a blessing. These words – “may you increase to thousands and thousands” – remind us of God’s covenant with Abraham to have descendants as numerous as the sands on the seashore. It is just one more showing of God’s hand orchestrating and blessing this whole situation. It is evidence of God’s love for and concern for His people and their future.
God has the same love and concern for you and I and for our future. Just as God compassionately cares for Abraham and Isaac and Rebekah, so too does He care for us. All we need to do is enter into a relationship with God to know His love and care and compassion. All we need to do to experience a future of promise is to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God’s love and compassion work to draw us in. They call out to us. May we, like Rebekah, step into God’s love and live into the hope and promise that God offers to all who call on His name.