I’m sitting in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, in a corner of some room filled with amazing paintings. Some of them are just tests – the artist was practicing so that he could later do a masterpiece. It’s a great place to be considering the longest story told in the book of Genesis (longer than Noah, creation or Joseph). I believe that this story, found in Genesis 24, is a vivid portrait (or allegory) of the God’s own search. The story is a masterpiece but the subject of the story is young and immature.
I would entitle the story of Genesis 24: “Rebekah’s Extravagant Responsiveness.”
This story starts with desire (every great love story does) – the desire of Abraham for a family. He wants a bride for his son. There is no mention of Isaac’s desire for a wife, but I think we can safely assume that his passions are coming alive and his dad wants a daughter-in-law who will carry on the family line that God started. This bride must be pure and carry the values of Abraham’s family. God is starting a family and this bride will be the mother of descendants as numerous as the sands on the beach. Continue reading