The Book of Genesis

Chapter Twenty Four

Finding a Wife for Isaac

Lesson Verse: Gen 2:18      


I.         Lesson Introduction


A.      Biblical Typology


1.        Abraham – God the father

2.        Isaac – The Son

3.        Eliezar (Gen 15:2; 24:2) – The Holy Spirit

4.        Rebekah – The sinner


II.       Lesson


A.      Abraham’s Concern


1.        His son Isaac was in need of a wife

2.        Abraham was responsible to get him a godly wife

3.        If Abraham left it to chance, all that God wanted to do in Abraham’s life, and throughout his seed’s lives, could be lost!


B.       Eliezer’s Commission


1.        Eliezer means, God is my help

2.        Find my son Isaac a wife – this is going to be hard

3.        She can’t be of Canaan

4.        You have to travel back to my home country


C.       Eliezer’s Concern (24:3-5)


1.        What about her free-will

2.        Should I come back and get Isaac – His physical presence might better persuade the woman

3.        This is New Testament:


a.       Jesus is not necessary – not His physical Body


D.      Abraham’s Confidence in the Lord (24:6-9)


1.        No need to take Isaac

2.        We must live only by obedient faith in God’s promises

3.        God will go before you

4.        If the woman (even though chosen by God) will not come with you, it will be on HER head)!


E.       The Trip


1.        Ten camels – lots of stuff going with them

2.        Headed into Mesopotamia


F.       The Prayer (24:12-14)


1.        Prays to the God of Abraham

2.        Puts out a fleece kind of test to find the will of God


G.       The Answer


1.        Before Eliezer even finished praying

2.        Rebekeh came forward


a.       She was a hard worker

b.       She was beautiful

c.       She was a virgin – dressed like one, acted like one, and really WAS one


Sarah + Abraham    Nahor + Milcah


Isaac <------------> Rebekah  Laban

Esau  Jacob              Leah Rachel



3.        Eliezer puts her to the test (24:17) waits to make sure she fits his prayer completely


H.      The Gifts


1.        From Abraham

2.        This was her allurement – God draws us to Himself with great gifts


a.       Forgiveness

b.       Beauty for our ashes

c.       Peace – inner, and upper

d.       Treasures in heaven

e.       Gifts of the Spirit

f.        Better home than hell


3.        The purchase and use of ornaments


a.       For the adorning of a woman by her husband, or father

b.       Not for putting on yourself – too much attention to self


I.         The Worship (24:26,27)

J.        Laban


1.        Knew of the Lord already – yet still an idolater

2.        Shows great kindness to such a stranger

3.        Fulfills the role of a brother (Pr 17:17)


K.      Eliezer’s Proposal (24:32-


1.        By proxy for Abraham and Isaac

2.        I am only a servant

3.        My master has a son

4.        God;’s hand is on our lives

5.        I put forth a prayer to test the Lord’s will

6.        Rebekah fulfilled that test

7.        Now it is up to you – yes or no (24:49)


L.       Bethuel and Laban’s Shock (24:50-56)


1.        Obviously of God

2.        Go ahead, and take Rebekah – no argument here

3.        Let’s first have a great feast

4.        Want it to last at least 10 days


M.     Rebekah’s Choice (24:57) – I will go!

N.      The Blessing Upon rebekah – not a pagan or heathen, but Biblical blessing

O.      The Wedding (24:61)


1.        Isaac had waited patiently – even though 40 years old

2.        Rebekah kept herself for her husband

3.        She covered herself even in the presence of her suitor – don’t get too familiar until marriage!

4.        Eliezer tells a very long story – poor Isaac and rebekah – but this was necessary so that God would be honoured

5.        The Consummation


a.       Both were approved by their parents

b.       Both were virgins

c.       Both were ready for marriage

d.       There had already been a celebration

e.       Now the marriage was consummated in its proper place – not hiding, but hidden


III.                 Conclusion