G E N E S I S
Marriages and funerals are the changes of
families, and the common news among the inhabitants of the
villages. In the foregoing chapter we had Abraham burying his wife,
here we have him marrying his son. These stories concerning his
family, with their minute circumstances, are largely related, while
the histories of the kingdoms of the world then in being, with
their revolutions, are buried in silence; for the Lord knows those
that are his. The subjoining of Isaac's marriage to Sarah's funeral
(with a particular reference to it, ver. 67) shows us that as "one generation
passes away another generation comes;" and thus the entail both of
the human nature, and of the covenant, is preserved. Here is, I.
Abraham's care about the marrying of his son, and the charge he
gave to his servant about it, ver.
1-9. II. His servant's journey into Abraham's country,
to seek a wife for his young master among his own relations,
ver. 10-14. III. The
kind providence which brought him acquainted with Rebekah, whose
father was Isaac's cousin-german, ver. 15-28. IV. The treaty of marriage
with her relations, ver.
29-49. V. Their consent obtained, ver. 50-60. VI. The happy meeting and
marriage between Isaac and Rebekah, ver. 61, &c.).