Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wilt thou go with this man?

Recently I've been reading in Matthew Henry on the story of Isaac and Rebekah. I've always loved what he wrote on them, and we even used a quote from the chapter in our wedding invitation :-), but lately I've been thinking on it because I have something in common with Rebekah who traveled a very long way from home to marry.....I loved these sections that I shared below below on them meeting each other.




 "Rebekah behaved herself very becomingly, when she met Isaac: understanding who he was, she alighted off her camel, and took a veil, and covered herself, in token of humility, modesty, and subjection.
She did not reproach Isaac for not coming himself to fetch her, or, at least, to meet her a day's journey or two, did not complain of the tediousness of her journey, or the difficulty of leaving her relations, to come into a strange place; but, having seen Providence going before her in the affair, she accommodates herself with cheerfulness to her new relation.
Those that by faith are espoused to Christ, and would be presented as chaste virgins to him, must, in conformity to his example, humble themselves, as Rebekah, who alighted when she saw Isaac on foot, and must put themselves into subjection to him who is their head (Eph. v. 24), as Rebekah, signifying it by the veil she put on.


 They were brought together (probably after some further acquaintance), to their mutual comfort.....She became his wife, and he loved her; there was all the reason in the world why he should, for so ought men to love their wives even as themselves. The duty of the relation is then done, and the comfort of the relation is then enjoyed, when mutual love governs; for there the Lord commands the blessing."
Matthew Henry



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Isaiah 55:6,8-1