Now Sarah, my master’s wife, bore a son to my master in her old age… – Genesis 24:36
From all appearances, Sarah had a lasting positive impact on those around her. In spite of her foibles, she was loved and admired by her husband. Ten years younger than Abraham, Sarah was ninety years old when Isaac was born. She would live 37 more years after his birth. During all of those years, she must have had an incredible impact on Isaac as well.
Let’s identify some of Sarah’s better characteristics.
Sarah obeyed God just as Abraham did.
Sarah not only followed God, but also followed her husband as her spiritual leader.
Sarah submitted to Abraham’s will, even when he was not a good spiritual leader.
Sarah trusted God to protect her in spite of her husband’s actions.
Sarah was a woman of action. Once she decided what needed to be done, she did it.
Is it any wonder that when Abraham started to think about a wife for Isaac, he sent his servant to look for a woman like the one he had married? In Rebekah, Abraham’s servant (Eliezer of Damascus) found what his master was looking for. Read Genesis 24:1–67. Notice the number Sarah’s positive characteristics that would eventually be seen in her daughter-in-law.
Sarah was buried in Canaan in a burial cave bought by Abraham. As we discussed last time, when Sarah entered the Promised Land, she never looked back. Once Rebekah set her mind to become Isaac’s wife, she was ready to go! Like Sarah, she boarded the camel express and went to the Negev to meet her betrothed just as fast as the animal’s legs would carry her.
Upon seeing Isaac approaching her caravan, Rebekah asked his identity. “He is my master,” replied Eliezer. When she saw who God had divinely selected as her life companion, she literally fell off (a better translation than “dismounted”) her camel. Now that is love at first sight!
Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took her, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. – Genesis 24:67
Isaac was blessed by Rebekah. That shouldn’t be surprising. Isaac married a girl just like the girl that married dear old Dad.
Talk About It
What do you like about the story of Rebekah’s selection as Isaac’s life from Genesis 24?
What did you discover about God?
What did you discover about the people in the story?