Genesis 24: A Bride for Yitzchak
Genesis 24 continues the Torah portion Chaiyei Sarah (Life of Sarah) and shows us how the spiritual vistas created by a righteous person’s life can reach beyond the temporary existence of the present world into the lives of the generations that follow. The household (beit) of Milcah (22:20-23; 24:28) and the tent (o’helah) of Sarah are symbolic elements of this narrative that convey the ongoing impact of the comforting presence of Israel’s matriarchs and in Yitzchak’s life, the poignant reminder of his mother’s comfort. Thus we recall the well-known Hebrew phrase, “L’dor v’dor” (Unto generation and generation).
The life of Sarah was a life of comfort (nachum) that seeded comfort for the generations to come. The last line of chapter 24 reads, “Yitzchak was comforted after his mother”, meaning that the gift of Rivkah as a wife and companion brought comfort to Yitzchak, thus continuing the godly comfort given to him by his mother Sarah, who had now passed into Gan Eden (Paradise).
Genesis 24 is the longest chapter according to the division and numbering of the Torah, however, this has little relevance in understanding a book that is neither divided or vowel marked in its original state. The books of the Torah are intended to be understood as a whole, each element revealing the sum and the sum filling the individual elements.
This story of the acquiring of a wife for Yitzchak illuminates a number of spiritual examples for the faithful follower of Messiah. The trust of Avraham is once again revealed in his certainty of God’s provision, the faithful obedience and perseverance of the chief servant of Avraham’s household (Probably Eli-etzer) is a shining example to those who follow after good teachers’ and the selfless love of Rivkah births comfort and brings hope into the grieving Yitzchak’s life.
This narrative functions as a hope filled farewell for Avraham, who passes away seven verses into the next chapter. God is offering physical proof of the promises yet to be fulfilled, giving Avraham a heart full of hope as he enters into Gan Eden (Paradise) to await the Olam Haba (World to come).
Gen 24:1 And Avraham (Father of many nations) became old, entering into years; and HaShem (YHVH: Mercy) blessed Avraham in all things.
The Rambam notes that God had given (ba’col) Avraham all things: riches, possessions, honour, longevity, and children, and that the one thing he lacked was to see his son Yitzchak married and having children to perpetuate the promise.
However, it’s more important to note that, ba’col (In the-everything) reveals something far greater than physical wealth and the perpetuation of progeny. The greater reality is that God was a blessing to Avraham by being present in all areas of his life, journeying with him in all things (ba’col), through the good times and the bad. Therefore, we understand that, “HaShem blessed Avraham and was present with him in all things”.
Gen 24:2 And Avraham said to his servant, the eldest of his house, who ruled over all that he had: “Put, I plead with you, your hand under my thigh.”
While it’s true to say that the servant mentioned in this chapter is never named, there is no reason to doubt the rabbinical view that this servant is the same as the one who Avraham spoke of as being the inheritor of his household, prior to the birth of Yitzchak. Eli-etzer is the only member of Avraham’s household previously named, who fits this description (Genesis 15:2-4).
“Avraham said to Eli-etzer his servant, the senior of his house, who had rule over all his property, ‘Put now your hand upon the section of my circumcision.” –Targum Yonatan
“Put now your hand under the thigh of my covenant” –Targum Yerushalayim
The phrase, “Put…your hand under my thigh” is a euphemism for the male organ and is thus inviting an oath made on the reproductive hopes of the male concerned. It is a sacred and intimate oath between the two men but is in no way a sexual act. Great trust and intimacy is invoked here, it should not be desecrated by immoral sexual innuendo.
The Targums and the rabbis generally agree that the positioning of the oath hand reflects the importance of the covenant of circumcision, and adds to the severity of the oath regarding the line from which the bride of Yitzchak must come.
The parallel passage in Genesis 47:29 may infer that the present passage is a death-bed prequel to this story, and that Avraham may have already passed away prior to Yitzchak’s marriage.
We should also observe the graciousness of Eli-etzer (My God helps), who had once been in line to inherit Avraham’s wealth and household. He is clearly a man of great integrity and humility who reflects his master’s spirituality back to him.
Gen 24:3 “And swear sevenfold by HaShem (YHVH: Mercy), the God (Elohiym) of the heavens and the God (Elohiym) of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the C’naaniy (Canaanites), among whom I dwell.” Gen 24:4 “But you will go to my country (khaldee), and to my kindred (Charan), and take a wife for my son, even for Yitzchak (Isaac: He laughs).”
It seems that Avraham believed he might die before seeing his son married to a suitable woman. Therefore, he wanted assurance from his most trusted servant, that every effort would be made to find Yitzchak a bride from Avraham’s family. It’s clear from the following verses that Avraham trusted that God would provide for Eli-etzer’s oath. Thus Avraham places his trust in God’s provision over and above his own ability to bring about God’s promise.
The Hebrew, “Ash’biyacha” translated “swear” comes from the root, “sheva” (seven, oath etc.)
Avraham’s rejection of the Canaanites was not based on their idol worship because his own family in Charan were idol worshippers. Ultimately, Avraham seems to have understood election as being the guiding principle for his future family line. God chose those to whom He would give the promise so that no one could boast that they had earned the promise of their own fruition. Thus we read elsewhere, “I loved (Chose) Jacob and I hated (rejected) Esau” (Malachi 1:2-3).
Gen 24:5 And the servant said to him: “What if the woman is unwilling to walk with me to this land; should I take your son back to the land you came from?” Gen 24:6 And Avraham said to him: “Guard your way lest you turn back and return my son to there. Gen 24:7 “HaShem (YHVH: Mercy), God (Elohim: Judge) of the heavens, who took me from my father's house (Charan: to burn, mountaineer), and from the land of my birth (Khaldee), and Who spoke to me, and Who swore to me, saying: ‘Unto your seed will I give this land’; He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there.”
The servants question shows that he is taking this oath very seriously. He is concerned that circumstances may prevent him from completing this task. However, Avraham warns him not to compromise the position of his son Yitzchak over the Promised Land. Then he encourages Eli-etzer with a recitation of God’s promise and the assurance that the Malakh Ha-Adonai (Messenger of YHVH) will go before him.
Gen 24:8 “And if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only you will not take my son back there.” Gen 24:9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Avraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.
Many foolishly claim that the Torah is a book of law, devoid of true freedom. This is utter nonsense, as shown by the present text. Yes the Torah contains instruction and illuminates consequence but it is also full of the freedom of God’s Mashiyach. Avraham releases Eli-etzer from all impossible obligation and sets him free from anxious thought. As it is with all who would follow God through Yeshua His Son, Eli-etzer is simply asked to do what he is capable of doing and to trust that God has already purposed the outcome.
If only the spiritual fathers of the modern believing community would teach their disciples to rest in God’s provision and act according to the ability they’ve been given rather than to continually seek to perfect that which has already been chosen for destruction.
Eli-etzer having carefully weighed the commitment he was being asked to make, now acts in accordance with Avraham’s request, affirming his heart decision with a physical act of obedience. This is yet another example of Godly discipleship.
Gen 24:10 And the servant took ten camels, of the camels of his master, and walked forth with all the goodness of his master in his hand; and he arose, and went to Aram-naharaim (High land of the two rivers: Euphrates & Tigris), to the city of Nachor (snort: Charan).
He took ten camels, a Hebrew number of completion and fulfilment. Eli-etzer went forth with the knowledge that his burden would be carried by the completed purpose of God.
The Hebrew reads, “v’col tov adonayu” (with all good of his master). This can be understood in so many ways. Rashi suggests that it is a reference to the fact that Avraham had written over all his worldly possessions to Yitzchak and had given the deed to Eli-etzer to take to his family in Charan as evidence of the wealth that the bride of Yitzchak would enter into. However, it seems equally plausible that the text means to convey the fact that Eli-etzer was carrying the trust and hope of Avraham with him, for surely the greatest good that Avraham had to offer was the goodness of the Faithful God of all things and a response of trust. Thus the words, “and walked forth with all the goodness of his master in his hand” says that Eli-etzer carried the goodness of Avraham’s faith which he intended to act upon (hand is a symbol of strength and action).
Gen 24:11 And he made the camels to kneel down outside the city (Charan) by the spring of water at the time of evening, the time that women go out to draw water.
Gen 24:12 And he said: “HaShem (YHVH: Mercy), the God (Elohiym) of my master Avraham, send me, I plead with You, to happen to me now, the kindness (Chesed) you will show to my master Avraham.”
It is possible that Eli-etzer called on the God of his master because he was yet to have a personal encounter with YHVH. However, I believe that what is intended here is a statement of covenant promise rather than a blind call to an unknown God. Eli-etzer is acknowledging the fact that God has placed His name on Avraham and his descendants and that Eli-etzer has trusted in the God of Avraham. Thus what follows is a relational interaction between God and a faithful disciple of God’s chosen one. A servant of the servant, who is in fact a brother of Avraham in faith.
Gen 24:13 “Behold, I stand at the eye of the waters; and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.”
It may be that Eli-etzer wanted to observe the true character of the women outside of the home environment. He seems to have been seeking a woman of humility, after all, drawing water was the job of the servants and younger, less prestigious members of the household.
Gen 24:14 “So let it come to pass, that the young woman (Ha-na’ar) to whom I shall say: ‘Let down your water pitcher, I ask you, that I may drink’; and if she says: ‘Drink, and I will give your camels drink also’; let the same be she that You have appointed for Your servant, even for Yitzchak (Isaac); and by this shall I know that You have shown kindness to my master.”
Some may misunderstand this as reliance on circumstance or the interpreting of omens, however, Eli-etzer first affirms his belief that God has already chosen the woman Yitzchak is to marry and then proposes a test of character that will prove the young woman’s true nature and inner beauty. Thus it is a sign that reveals kindness and charity that he is looking for rather than a circumstantial sign or an omen.
Gen 24:15 And it came to pass, before he had finished speaking, that, behold, Rivkah (tightly bound) came out, the daughter of Bet’uel (House/destruction of God) the son of Milcah (Queen), the wife of Nachor (Snorting), Avraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
“And it shall come to pass that, before they call, I will answer, and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” –Yishaiyahu (Isaiah) 65:24
Yitzchak, who had been bound, would receive a wife who would bind herself to him in love and comfort.
Bet’uel’s father was Avraham’s brother and his mother was both a niece to Avraham and a sister to Sarah.
Gen 24:16 And the young woman (ha-na’ar) was good to look upon, a be’tulah (virgin), no man had known (had sexual intercourse with) her; and she went down to the eye, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
Because Rivkah is to be the mother of Yaakov (Israel), her virginity must be firmly established. Thus the Hebrew be’tulah, which can in itself be translated as virgin, is affirmed by the phrase, “no man had known her”, a euphemism for sexual intercourse.
The fact that Rivkah herself had come to the well to collect water infers that she was either reasonably young or that she had a humble disposition, or both.
Gen 24:17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said: “Give me to drink, I ask you, a little water from your pitcher.” Gen 24:18 And she said: “Drink, adoni (my lord)”; and she hastened, and let down her pitcher from her hand, and gave him drink.
It seems that Eli-etzer had already decided that Rivkah was the woman who stood out from the others as being chosen of God, or else why did he run to her? Rivkah did more than draw the water and set the pitcher down for Eli-etzer to drink from, she took from the water and gave it to him to drink.
Gen 24:19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said: “I will draw for your camels also, until they have done drinking.” Gen 24:20 And she hastened, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again to the well to draw, and drew for all his camels.
Camels are said to drink approximately 530 litres of water in their first drink. The fact that Rivkah, knowing the strenuous work that would be involved, none the less undertook this task for a perfect stranger, is evidence of her noble character. If the Ayshet Chayil (Woman of honour) had been written at this time, perhaps Eli-etzer would have begun to chant it under his breath in joyous anticipation.
Gen 24:21 And the man watched her intently; holding his peace, to know whether HaShem (YHVH: Mercy) had made his journey prosperous or not.
Eli-etzer was awaiting the confirmation of the family and the agreement of the bride to be. This is why the text says, “to know whether HaShem had made his journey prosperous or not”.
Courtesy dictated that Eli-etzer should intervene and help Rivkah with the task, however, Eli-etzer waited and watched, seeking the approval of God rather than men.
Gen 24:22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;
It seems clear that Eli-etzer had already decided that Rivkah was the woman God had chosen for Yitzchak. These gifts were a token which inferred a coming offer of betrothal.
Rashi sees the gifts as representing: the half shekel offering that every Jew would one day give annually for the Sanctuary of God, the two bracelets for the two tablets of the instruction of God and the ten shekels as the Ten Commandments.
Gen 24:23 and said: “Whose daughter are you? Tell me, I ask you. Is there room in your father's house for us to lodge in?”
It’s interesting to note that before Rivkah can answer his first question he had already asked a second. He is obviously already concluded her election of God. Eli-etzer had travelled with a retinue as was the custom of the time. Thus lodging would be needed for the entire company traveling with him.
Gen 24:24 And she said unto him: “I am the daughter of Bet’uel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nachor.” Gen 24:25 She also said to him: “We have both straw and provision enough, and room to lodge in.”
“I am the daughter of the house of God, the son of the queen, whom she bore to a fierce one”
Rivkah continues to give both that which is asked for and more.
Gen 24:26 And the man bowed his head, and prostrated himself before HaShem (YHVH: Mercy). Gen 24:27 And he said: “Blessed be HaShem (YHVH: Mercy), the God (Ha-Elohiym) of my master Avraham, who has not forsaken His mercy (chasdo) and His truth toward my master; as for me, HaShem (YHVH: Mercy) has led me in the way to the house of my master's brothers (relatives).”
We see here that Eli-etzer was intimately acquainted with YHVH, and called upon the holy personal name of Mercy, worshipping HaShem. He names God “Mercy” and “The Judge”, and attaches His Name once more to the chosen line of Avraham.
Eli-etzer acknowledges God’s faithfulness to Avraham and to his own journey of faith. The phrasing, “has led me in the way to the house of my master's brothers (relatives).” Can be understood both as an allusion to the physical direction and destination and to the idea that Avraham’s family share a lineage of Godly discipleship.
Gen 24:28 And the young woman ran, and announced to the house (beit) of her mother these words. Gen 24:29 And Rivkah (tightly bound) had a brother, and his name was Laban (White); and Laban ran out to the man, to the eye. Gen 24:30 And it came to pass, when he saw the ring, and the bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rivkah his sister, saying: “This is what the man said to me,” that he came to the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the eye. Gen 24:31 And he said: “Come in, you blessed of HaShem (YHVH: Mercy); why are you standing outside? For I have cleared the house, and made room for the camels.”
Rivkah runs to her mother’s house (beit) meaning her mother’s side of the family. Later in the text Yitzchak takes Rivkah into his mother’s tent (o’helah) which indicates her personal lodging.
Like Eli-etzer, Rivkah runs when she senses God at work.
On hearing about Rivkah’s encounter Laban also runs to meet Eli-etzer at the well. However, it remains to be seen whether he runs in order to show favour or with a darker motivation for wealth (Rashi) based on the gifts Rivkah has already received. His dealings with Jacob later in Genesis would seem to suggest the latter.
It’s interesting to note that it is Laban the brother of Rivkah who goes out to meet Eli-etzer rather than Be’tuel, Rivkah’s father.
Gen 24:32 And the man came into the house, and he ungirded the camels; and he gave straw and provision for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men that were with him.
Rashi, quoting the Midrash, records that Avraham’s camels were always muzzled when away from home so as not to eat the provender of another man’s animals.
Gen 24:33 And there was set food before him to eat; but he said: “I will not eat, until I have explained my errand.” And he said: “Speak on.”
Like so many other righteous men Eli-etzer will not receive comfort for himself until he has found comfort for his master and his master’s son. He will not rest until his oath is fulfilled.
Gen 24:34 And he said: “I am Avraham's servant. Gen 24:35 And HaShem (YHVH: Mercy) has blessed my master greatly; and he is become great; and He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and men-servants and maid-servants, and camels and donkeys.” Gen 24:36 “And Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master when she was old; and to him has he given all that he has.”
Eli-etzer first identifies himself as the servant of Avraham, who is both known to be a man whom God has blessed and a blood relative of Laban. In order to be secure in our purpose as children of God we must accept our identity in Him.
Beginning with Avraham’s experiences of God’s provision, Eli-etzer recounts the events leading up to this moment in order to show how God has orchestrated this meeting and chosen Rivkah as a wife for Yitzchak.
Gen 24:37 “And my master made me swear, saying: ‘You shall not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the C’naani (Canaanites), in whose land I dwell.’
Eli-etzer refers to the oath so as to make clear that in spite of the many women in the land where Avraham and Yitzchak dwell, it is a woman from Avraham’s own blood that the Lord seeks for Yitzchak.
Gen 24:38 ‘But you shall go to my father's house (beit), and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son.’” Gen 24:39 “And I said to my master: ‘What if the woman will not walk with me?’”
As in the case of Yitzchak’s walking in agreement with Avraham, the woman who is to marry Yitzchak must be in agreement with the betrothal and accept her role of her own fruition.
Gen 24:40 “And he said to me: ‘HaShem (YHVH: Mercy), before Whom I walk, will send His angel with you, and prosper your way; and you shall take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house; Gen 24:41 then shall you be free from my oath, when you come to my kindred; and if they give her not to you, you will be free from my oath.’” Gen 24:42 “And I came this day to the eye, and said: ‘HaShem (YHVH: Mercy), the God (Ha-Elohiym) of my master Avraham, if now You do prosper my way which I go: Gen 24:43 behold, as I stand by the eye of water; let it come to pass, that the Almah (virgin) that comes forth to draw, to whom I shall say: “Give me, I ask you, a little water from your pitcher to drink”;
In verse 16 Eli-etzer used the word, “na’ara” meaning, “Maiden” whereas here he uses the more specific word, “almah” which denotes a young woman in the prime of her youth and can infer virginity, making it a testimony to the young lady’s pure character.
Gen 24:44 and she shall say to me: “Both drink you, and I will also draw for your camels”; let the same be the woman whom HaShem (YHVH: Mercy) has appointed for my master's son.’” Gen 24:45 “And before I had done speaking in my lev (core being, heart, inner person) behold, Rivkah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down to the eye, and drew. And I said to her: ‘Let me drink, I ask you.’ Gen 24:46 And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said: ‘Drink, and I will give your camels drink also.’ So I drank, and she made the camels drink also.” Gen 24:47 “And I asked her, and said: ‘Whose daughter are you?’ And she said: ‘The daughter of Bet’uel, Nachor's son, whom Milcah bore to him. And I put the ring in her nose, and the bracelets on her hands. Gen 24:48 And I bowed my head, and prostrated myself before HaShem (YHVH: Mercy), and blessed HaShem (YHVH: Mercy), the God (Ha-Elohiym) of my master Avraham, who had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter for his son.”
Eli-etzer concludes his account the way he began it, acknowledging the divine guidance and selection of HaShem as the primary reason for the proposed union. His hearers could be left in no doubt as to Whom both Avraham and Eli-etzer relied on for the fulfilment of the oath.
Gen 24:49 “And now if you will deal kindly (chesed) and truly (emet) with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.”
Rav Ibn Ezra says that Chesed (Kindness) denotes the intention to do what is good and Emet (truth) gives permanence to the right action it accompanies.
Gen 24:50 Then Laban (White) and Bet’uel answered and said: “What you’re saying proceeds from HaShem (YHVH: Mercy); we cannot speak to you bad or good.”
We now hear from both Laban and his father Be’tuel (Who may have been present from the beginning). The listing of Laban’s name before his father’s is an indication of his seeking to usurp his father’s authority. This is supported by the commentary of Rashi and becomes indicative of Laban’s character. Given the fact that Laban continues to worship false gods (as attested to in the narrative concerning Jacob), this proclamation concerning the will of Hashem has more in common with fearful concession than it does with true faith.
Gen 24:51 “Behold, Rivkah is before you, take her, and go, and let her be your master's son's wife, as HaShem (YHVH: Mercy) has spoken.”
Nowhere in the chapter has HaShem spoken explicitly. Thus we understand that God speaks both to and through His servants.
Gen 24:52 And it came to pass, that, when Avraham's servant heard their words, he bowed himself down to the earth unto HaShem (YHVH: Mercy). Gen 24:53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rivkah; he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious gifts. Gen 24:54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and stayed all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said: “Send me away to my master (adoni).”
These additional gifts were part of the bride price for betrothal. However, Eli-etzer’s request to leave the next morning was not customary. This shows his urgency in wanting to return before Avraham’s death.
Gen 24:55 And her brother and her mother said: “Let the young woman stay with us a few months, at the least ten; after that she shall go.”
The tradition for betrothal was such that a bride groom would prepare a new residence for his bride over the period of 12 months and then return to marry her and take her into his household. Thus Rivkah’s family requested that she remain for at least ten months in order to maintain the traditional custom.
Gen 24:56 And he said to them: “Delay me not, seeing HaShem (YHVH: Mercy) has prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.”
Eli-etzer’s motivation is clearly to return to Avraham before his passing so that Avraham can share in the joy of his son’s marriage to a member of his wider family.
Gen 24:57 And they said: “We will call the young woman, and inquire of her mouth.”
Gen 24:58 And they called Rivkah, and said to her: “Will you go with this man?” And she said: “I will go.” Gen 24:59 And they sent away Rivkah their sister, and her nurse, and Avraham's servant, and his men.
Rivkah, like Avraham, is willing and obedient to the call of God to leave Charan and journey into the land of promise. “I will go” remains the ultimate sacrificial response of believers today. No woman is to be married without her consent, even in the tradition of arranged marriages within ancient Jewish culture, no one was allowed to force a woman to marry.
Gen 24:60 And they blessed Rivkah, and said unto her: “Our sister, be you the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let your seed possess the gate of those that hate them.”
Rivkah, the matriarchal version of Avraham, receives a blessing like that which was given to him (22:17).
The blessing to possess the gates of your enemies means both to capture their cities and to rule over them. The gate is the place of judgement, where the elders and rulers of the city decide matters of business and law.
Gen 24:61 And Rivkah arose, and her young woman (nurse maid), and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man. And the servant took Rivkah, and went his way. Gen 24:62 And Yitzchak (Isaac) came from the way of Beer-lahai-roi (Well of the living Seer); for he dwelt in the land of the Negev (South). Gen 24:63 And Yitzchak (Isaac) went out to meditate (l’suach: contemplate) in the field in the evening; and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, there were camels coming.
Yitzchak was coming from the waters of the living Seer, returning to the Negev and the tents of his father he walked in the evening contemplating and meditating of God’s goodness. Or perhaps he was contemplating the loss of his mother, meditating in grief, having sought solace at the waters of the living Seer.
It is from this scripture that the Talmud and Midrash derive the tradition that Yitzchak instituted the Minchah (afternoon prayer service). Avraham is said to have instituted the Sacharit (morning) service (Genesis 19:27), and Jacob the Maariv (evening) service (Genesis 28:11).
Gen 24:64 And Rivkah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Yitzchak (Isaac), she fell from the camel. Gen 24:65 And she said to the servant: “What man is this that walks in the field to meet us?” And the servant said: “It is my master (adoni).” And she took her veil, and covered herself.
Rivkah was so excited by the knowledge that the one approaching was Yitzchak that she fell from her camel. She veiled her face out of piety and by way of covering before her bridegroom. The unveiling of her face in the tent of Yitzchak’s mother is a foretaste of the wedding of the Lamb and the Olam Haba (World to come) where all who are in Messiah will gaze upon him with unveiled face, having been transformed from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Gen 24:66 And the servant told Yitzchak (Isaac) all the things that he had done.
Gen 24:67 And Yitzchak (Isaac) brought her into his mother Sarah's tent (o’helah), and took Rivkah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. And Yitzchak (Isaac) was comforted after the loss of his mother.
The Midrash reads, “He brought her to his tent, she was Sarah his mother” (Rashi). This means that Rivkah became a comfort to Yitzchak just as His mother had been. He was privileged to experience the comforting love of a righteous mother and a righteous wife. I know how that feels, Baruch HaShem.
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