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Rebekah’s First Date

Posted: Monday, January 11

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Genesis 24:52-26:16
Matthew 8:18-34
Psalm 10:1-15
Proverbs 3:7-8 

 

Verse of the day:

Our sister, may you become the mother of many millions! May your descendants be strong and conquer the cities of their enemies. (Genesis 24:60)


Let’s tell the story backwards. Rebekah was a matriarch to the nation of Israel. Her son Jacob became the father of the twelve tribes. The prayer in Genesis chapter 24 was a prophecy given to Rebekah before she’d even met her husband Isaac. “May your descendants be strong and conquer the cities of their enemies.” 

 

 

So . . . let’s talk about Rebekah’s first date . . . well . . . this is where it gets a little messy. Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son, Isaac. The servant arrives and meets Rebekah. Rebekah extends hospitality, and her hospitality leads to introduction, revelation, a proposal, commitment, and then . . . yes, the next day she leaves her homeland to marry Isaac. Keep in mind. She’s NEVER met Isaac. The bravery of the four words “Yes, I will go” could not be understated. 

 

 

Now. Let’s be clear. I am not making an argument for a cultural return to arranged marriages. I am, however, making a plea for bravery. Could our modern minds comprehend the fortitude to say “Yes, I will go” to such an audacious request? I want to raise a daughter who will say “Yes, I will go” to whatever God asks of her. Brave women change nations. Brave women hear the voice of God, and then put their faith to action. “Yes, I will go.”