Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Genesis Chapter 24
Metaphysically Interpreting Genesis 24:1-67
24:1And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age. And Jehovah had blessed Abraham in all things. 24:2And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh. 24:3And I will make thee swear by Jehovah, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that thou wilt not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell. 24:4But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac. 24:5And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land. Must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest? 24:6And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again. 24:7Jehovah, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house, and from the land of my nativity, and who spake unto me, and who sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land. He will send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife for my son from thence. 24:8And if the woman be not willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath. Only thou shalt not bring my son thither again. 24:9And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning this matter.
24:10And the servant took ten camels, of the camels of his master, and departed, having all goodly things of his master's in his hand. And he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor. 24:11And he made the camels to kneel down without the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time that women go out to draw water. 24:12And he said, O Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, send me, I pray thee, good speed this day, and show kindness unto my master Abraham. 24:13Behold, I am standing by the fountain of water. And the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 24:14And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink. And she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also. Let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac. And thereby shall I know that thou hast showed kindness unto my master.
24:15And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. 24:16And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her. And she went down to the fountain, and filled her pitcher, and came up. 24:17And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Give me to drink, I pray thee, a little water from thy pitcher. 24:18And she said, Drink, my lord. And she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. 24:19And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw for thy camels also, until they have done drinking. 24:20And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw, and drew for all his camels. 24:21And the man looked stedfastly on her, holding his peace, to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not.
24:22And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold, 24:23and said, Whose daughter art thou? Tell me, I pray thee. Is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in? 24:24And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bare unto Nahor. 24:25She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in. 24:26And the man bowed his head, and worshipped Jehovah. 24:27And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, who hath not forsaken his lovingkindness and his truth toward my master. As for me, Jehovah hath led me in the way to the house of my master's brethren.
24:28And the damsel ran, and told her mother's house according to these words. 24:29And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the fountain. 24:30And it came to pass, when he saw the ring, and the bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me. That he came unto the man. And, behold, he was standing by the camels at the fountain. 24:31And he said, Come in, thou blessed of Jehovah. Wherefore standest thou without? For I have prepared the house, and room for the camels. 24:32And the man came into the house, and he ungirded the camels. And he gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men that were with him. 24:33And there was set food before him to eat. But he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
24:34And he said, I am Abraham's servant. 24:35And Jehovah hath blessed my master greatly. And he is become great. And he hath given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and men-servants and maid-servants, and camels and asses. 24:36And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old. And unto him hath he given all that he hath. 24:37And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell. 24:38But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son. 24:39And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me. 24:40And he said unto me, Jehovah, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way. And thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house. 24:41Then shalt thou be clear from my oath, when thou comest to my kindred. And if they give her not to thee, thou shalt be clear from my oath.
24:42And I came this day unto the fountain, and said, O Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go. 24:43Behold, I am standing by the fountain of water. And let it come to pass, that the maiden that cometh forth to draw, to whom I shall say, Give me, I pray thee, a little water from thy pitcher to drink. 24:44And she shall say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels. Let the same be the woman whom Jehovah hath appointed for my master's son.
24:45And before I had done speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder. And she went down unto the fountain, and drew. And I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee. 24:46And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also. So I drank, and she made the camels drink also. 24:47And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him. And I put the ring upon her nose, and the bracelets upon her hands. 24:48And I bowed my head, and worshipped Jehovah, and blessed Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter for his son. 24:49And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me. And if not, tell me. That I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.
24:50Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from Jehovah. We cannot speak unto thee bad or good. 24:51Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as Jehovah hath spoken.
24:52And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed himself down to the earth unto Jehovah. 24:53And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah. He gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things. 24:54And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night. And they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master. 24:55And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten. After that she shall go. 24:56And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing Jehovah hath prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master. 24:57And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth. 24:58And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. 24:59And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.
24:60And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her,
24:62And Isaac came from the way of Beer-lahai-roi. For he dwelt in the land of the South. 24:63And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, there were camels coming. 24:64And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she alighted from the camel. 24:65And she said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant said, It is my master. And she took her veil, and covered herself. 24:66And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 24:67And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife. And he loved her. And Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
July 15, 1917: Gen. 24:58-67
24:58And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. 24:59And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. -- Rebekah represents the soul's natural delight in beauty. This essence of soul is continually going forth and making attachments with the harmonious and beautiful.
24:60And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let thy seed possess the gate of those that hate them. -- Through the inherent love of the harmonious, thou- sands are blessed and many hearts of "hate" directed into other channels of expression.
24:61And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man. And the servant took Rebekah, and went his way. -- Faith in God and obedience to the urge of the Spirit brings into expression a serene peace and joy.
24:62And Isaac came from the way of Beer-lahai-roi. For he dwelt in the land of the South. -- Isaac, meaning "laughter," dwelt in the land of the South (subconscious). Spiritual living fills one with an inner satisfaction that radiates as a joyous expression of life and love.
24:63And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, there were camels coming. -- In the joy of spiritual realization, the thoughts are afted up in exaltation and praise.
24:65And she said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant said, It is my master. And she took her veil, and covered herself. -- The joyous soul is screened from contact with inharmonies, when established in spiritual faith and poise. "And she took her veil and covered herself."
24:66And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 24:67And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife. And he loved her. And Isaac was comforted after his mother's death. -- Here is portrayed the union of the joyous soul and the Divine, natural beauty.
July 15, 1917: Gen. 24:58-67
Faith in God and obedience to the Divine Law bring forth a serene peace and joy. This is the son of Abraham and Sarah, laughter, the spiritual meaning of the name Isaac. That the development of these qualities does cause one to become inwardly happy and outwardly serene, Christians well know. Jesus had this inner happiness and he passed it on to his disciples: “That my joy may be in you.”
As one feels a certain inner satisfaction after having done a good deed, so after having repeatedly followed the promptings of the Spirit to righteousness, there is an accumulated kind of satisfaction that finally breaks forth in laughter. This son Isaac did not come to Abraham and Sarah until old age, or until they had accumulated a faith consciousness. Abraham laughed questioningly, hopefully, when it was announced that Sarah should bear a son in her old age. Sarah laughed incredulously, but mingled with joy, when the promise was announced to her, and both laughed joyfully with thanksgiving; and Sarah's friends laughed with her, when Isaac was born. (“Which thing is an allegory.” – Paul.)
Isaac was not noted for his achievements; he represents the serenity, peace and joy that man has, when he accepts spiritual things as real and lives “as seeing him who is invisible.” Those who have faith in the Divine Law and follow it to the giving up of all personal possessions, as did Abraham, are blessed with abundance of every good thing. Abraham is represented as rich and prosperous, a prominent man of his time. Spiritual graces are also added and there is constant increase of good. The happy Isaac consciousness claims its counterpart in Rebekah, whose name signifies a “Noose,” or “a young woman who ensnares men.”
Faith and obedience bring joy, and spiritual joy links man with the beauty of nature without. Rebekah is represented as coming from Nahor, which is supposed to be in Mesopotamia, a country far beyond the limits of the sacred land of Israel. “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at eventide: and he lifted up his eyes.” And Rebekah “lifted up her eyes, ... and he loved her.” Thus is portrayed the union of the devout, joyous soul with the soul of the Divine Natural.
– UNITY magazine.
August 5, 1945: Gen. 24:10
What is the “servant” of faith? Action. Unless we put our faith into our words, thoughts, and deeds, its work is not accomplished, and to all intents and purposes we are the same as unbelievers. Faith comes to life in us as we put it to work.
The servant went to Mesopotamia in search of a wife for Isaac. What does this signify? Mesopotamia, the land lying between two rivers, means “middle land.” The fact that a wife was sought there for Isaac from among Abraham's kindred shows that the spiritual and the material lie close together in consciousness and that the former may grow up out of surroundings in which the latter predominates, as “a root out of a dry ground.” Under such conditions spiritual consciousness is gained only after a struggle, but it is a gain that lasts.
What state of mind makes us sure to realizes a direct answer to our prayers? A high resolve and a high purpose give spiritual strength to the thoughts. Faith brought to bear on resolve and propose in prayer makes sure the fulfillment of our desire.
In what attitude of mind are we able to recognize the answer to prayer naturally and readily? In that of full faith, nothing doubting; Doubt destroys the insight and discernment necessary to recognize the answer to prayer.
August 5, 1945: Gen. 24:15-20
What physical and spiritual grace do we find in the text of this lesson? That shown by Rebekah, whose name means “beauty that ensnares,” “grace that enraptures.” In her response to the request of the servant and in her willingness to do more than was requested of her, as well as in her eager youthfulness, we see both physical and spiritual grace.
What attraction subsists between joy (Isaac) and beauty (Rebekah)? Joy attracts beauty to itself, for joy is one of the chief riches of the Spirit, and when we are joyous, we see beauty everywhere. Joy quickens our consciousness of beauty and puts us in harmony with perfection: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
August 5, 1945: Gen. 24:34-36
Abraham represents faith. What meaning attaches to the statement that Jehovah had blessed him greatly and that he had become great? The consistent use of faith over a long period develops it, until it becomes great in power to accomplish a person's desires. Those who depend on faith, fitfully or seldom, do not realize the almost unbelievable power of undivided faith that is always being used.
August 5, 1945: Gen. 24:61-67
Upon seeing Isaac Rebekah “took her veil, and covered herself.” What symbolism do we see in this act? Rebekah represents the soul, whose beauty is invisible grace and truth. Spiritual beauty is veiled or invisible to the eye of flesh.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 12-26-2013