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The Greatest Questions of the Bible and of Life
Wilt Thou Go with This Man? (2 of 18)
Clarence E. Macartney
He had traveled a long distance, a six weeks' journey
across the desert, all the way from Hebron to Haran in
Mesopotamia, to find out whether she would go or not.
But the answer that she gave, taking into
consideration who she was, made it a well-spent
Burials and betrothals, births and deaths, sepulchers
and marriage altars, how close they come together in
life! Abraham had buried Sarah, his wife, in the gloom
and shadows of the cave of Machpelah. Then, knowing
that it would not be long before his time came to
sleep in that same cave, he took up the important
business of finding a wife for his son Isaac.
Although he was forty years of age, Isaac was still
unmarried. There were probably three reasons for this.
First of all, he was a reticent, quiet, bashful sort
of young man. Second, a very close and tender
relationship had existed between him and his parents
as the son of their old age and the child of the
promise. And third, the family was living in the land
of idolaters, the Canaanites. It might do for his half
brother Ishmael, the son of the bond woman, to marry a
woman of Egypt, his mother's race and country, but
that would never do for Isaac, child of the promise.
Abraham summoned Eliezer, the steward of his
household, and exacted of him an oath, that he would
not take a wife for Isaac of the daughters of the
Canaanites. Then he directed him to go down to
Mesopotamia where some of Abraham's relatives, the
descendants of his brother Nahor, still lived. When
Abraham was migrating from Ur of Chaldees, his father
and his brother Nahor had remained behind at Haran,
halfway to Canaan, and settled there, while Abraham
had pushed on to the Land of Promise. This was the
place to which Abraham sent his servant to seek a wife
The old steward said in ...
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