Scripture: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
This Sunday for our sermon series, Trending, we are focusing on the marriage of Isaac and Rebekah. After Sarah passes away, Abraham decides that he needs to find a wife for Isaac. Abraham, who is now old and expecting to die himself, is concerned that his son, Isaac, will marry a woman outside of Abraham’s tribe. So Abraham makes his servant swear that he will find a suitable wife for Isaac.
Abraham’s servant takes off toward the land of Abraham’s ancestors. The servant ends up on the outskirts of a city and decides to wait next to the city’s well. Coincidentally, the first woman to come out is Rebekah, the daughter of Abraham’s brother, Nahor. Abraham’s servant makes a proposition to her family: let Rebekah come back with me and she will become the wife of Isaac.
It goes without saying that this is an arranged marriage. As foreign as it might seem to us today, arranged marriage was really a product of two factors: lifespan limitations and the desire to maintain a clean lineage, meaning you don’t want your children marrying outside of your tribe. This second factor was important because it kept wealth within the family, but money is only part of the reason for wanting your children to marry within your tribe.
The fact is, this idea of marrying within your own tribe is a long standing human tradition that still persists to this day. So the question that we will be exploring is where this tendency comes from (is it biological, psychological, social, cultural) and why some people are brave enough to ignore that tendency and marry outside of their own tribe? It should be an interesting discussion. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Have a great weekend and stay cool!