Genesis 24 (ESV)
Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, 3 that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, 4 but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” 5 The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” 6 Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there. 7 The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8 But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.” 9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter . . . Continue Reading
I don’t know which custom I found more strange: that to swear an oath, you would put your hand under someone’s thigh (Genesis 24:2, Genesis 24:9) or Abraham’s servant putting a ring that weighed half of a shekel on Rebekah’s nose (Genesis 24:47)?
I also found it interesting that although Laban (Rebekah’s brother) and Bethuel (Rebekah’s father) told Abraham’s servant that he could take Rebekah to “be the wife of your master’s son”, her brother and mother asked Rebekah if she would be willing to go with him (Genesis 24:57-58).
I love the picture of Isaac walking in the field to meet them and Rebekah, after seeing him, covered herself with her veil. I can’t help but wonder if the ring is still on her nose?
Thank you for reading my daily online journal today. Far from commentaries these are just my initial thoughts after reflecting on what I’ve read from a chapter in God’s Word each morning. This not only helps me apply what I’ve read because I’m reflecting and sharing instead of only reading but it also allows me to encourage others to prayerfully consider doing the same.
In His Care,