The marriage of Ribkah to Yitshaq (Bereshith/Genesis 24) as read from this week’s Torah portion reveals nuggets of truth for the People of Yahweh concerning the hope of Yisrael. As may be read, Abraham conscripts his trusted servant Eliezar into taking a wife from Abraham’s people for Yitshaq/Isaac. The reason for this mission is because the Canaanites amongst whom he was travelling did not reflect the principles that would ensure Yitshaq his son and heir continue in the WAY of Yahweh.
In accepting this commission Abraham’s servant Eliezar seeks Yahweh’s assistance through prayer and Yahweh in answering brings forth Ribkah who confirming Eliezar’s requested sign
fetches water for ten camels – about forty gallons of water. Without dwelling
long on the symbolism of the numbers I shall quickly add: ten is representative of completion and
forty speaks of trial or testing such that Ribkah was completely tested and
In what manner then is this method of acquiring a wife connected with the People of Yahweh? Abraham – to make this post short – represents Yahweh the Father. Yitshaq represents Yeshua the son.
Ribkah represents the Assembly of Yahweh and Eliezar stands for the emissaries
and prophets (and in another sense of the consecrated messengers/kadosh malakim/angels) of Yahweh sent into the world with a message of peace in love to
all who believe. We may see the last construction in the statement:
Bereshith/Genesis 24:57-58 And they said: Let us call the maid, and ask her desire. And they called her, and when she was come, they asked: Wilt thou go with this man? She said: I will go.
Rom 10:10 For, with the heart, we believe unto justice: but, with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
This is the attitude and response of the People of Yahweh to the message of redemption which the emissaries and prophets (Eliezar) bring.
Act 10:43 To him all the prophets give testimony, that by his name all receive remission of sins, who believe in him.
Returning to Abraham as representing Yahweh, Bereshith/Genesis 2 points out this fact:
Bereshith/Genesis 2:18 And Yahweh Elohim said: It is not good for man to be alone: let us make him a help like unto himself.
Bereshith/Genesis 2:21-24 Then Yahweh Elohim cast a deep sleep upon Adam: and when he was fast asleep, he took one of his ribs, and filled up flesh for it. And Yahweh Elohim
built the rib which he took from Adam into a woman: and brought her to Adam.
And Adam said: This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall
be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Wherefore a man shall leave
father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one
This response of Adam’s we perceive in Yitshaq’s response to Ribkah’s presence:
Bereshith/Genesis 24:62-67 At the same time, Yitshaq was walking along the way to the well which is called Of the living and the seeing: for he dwelt in the south country: And he
was gone forth to meditate in the field, the day being now well spent: and when
he had lifted up his eyes, he saw camels coming afar off. Ribkah also, when
she saw Yitshaq, lighted off the camel, And said to the servant: Who is that man
who cometh towards us along the field? And he said to her: That man is my
master. But she quickly took her cloak, and covered herself. And the servant
told Yitshaq all that he had done. Who brought her into the tent of Sarah his
mother, and took her to wife: and he loved her so much, that it moderated the
sorrow which was occasioned by his mother's death (that aloneness).
Yahweh’s blessing through Yeshua on all who believe unto salvation. To them belong the marriage of the lamb as his bride.
Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give glory to him. For the marriage of the Lamb is come: and his wife hath prepared herself.
Revelation 21:2 And I, Yohanan/John, saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from Elohim, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Bereshith/Genesis 24:21-22,47 But he musing, beheld her with silence, desirous to know whether Yahweh had made his journey prosperous or not. And after that the camels had drunk, the man took out golden earrings,
weighing two shekels; and as many bracelets, of ten shekels weight.
And I asked her, and said: Whose daughter art thou? And she answered:
I am the daughter of Bathuel, the son of Nachor, whom Melcha bore to him. So I
put earrings on her to adorn her face, and I put bracelets on her hands.
Ephesians 4:11-13 And he gave some emissaries/apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors: For the perfecting of the righteous ones,
for the word of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Messiah: Until we
all meet into the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim,
unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fullness of Messiah.
Be blessed in Yeshua Messiah!