The title of the message for today is “Delightful” but the Hebrew text into which we are delving is not quite there. Abraham’s wife Sarah, a biblical hero in her own right, had died and Abraham wanted to find a wife for his son Isaac, but that means Isaac’s Mom, Sarah, will have missed the wedding of her own son. Plus, you remember that Sarah had a hard time conceiving him in the first place so, there is sadness in the life of this family. However, the widower Abraham thought it was important to knuckle down, move forward and make things right again, looking for the next generation to improve things. We do that, don’t we? We get to a point in our lives where we may feel we should step out of the way so “the young people” can take over. That’s where Abraham is, at the end of his life, the scripture says. He wants to be happy, to rest in peace and he surely deserves it as he has truly been a good and faithful servant.
The thing that bothers in this passage is that even though the beautiful Rebekah seems happy to be taken in to marry Isaac, she lacks control over the process. She is picked because she is good looking and because she says the right words at the right time about watering the servant’s camel as well as giving him a drink. She is, in effect, being the quintessential “good girl” doing all that is expected of her. I suppose that’s fine but it is a little boring to tell you the truth. Plus, as a Mom myself, I’m a little uncomfortable with how the so-called marriage or wedding goes. Basically, it happened like this; the servant prays for success to find the right virgin for his master, he finds her because she does and says all the predicted stuff, then he cuffs her and puts a ring in her nose (a sure sign of ownership if ever there was) and he brings her to the master who sleeps with her and THAT makes her his wife. There’s no engagement parties, no diamond ring, no wedding dress shopping, no bridal shower nor ceremonies we are accustomed to in our culture. She doesn’t seem to mi