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Arranged by the Lord

January 11, 2020
By Martin Luther

[Laban and Bethuel said], "The thing has come from the LORD; we cannot speak to you bad or good. Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has spoken." When Abraham's servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the earth before the LORD.

GENESIS 24:50-52

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Arranged by the Lord

This marriage was arranged and confirmed by the Lord, who brought Rebecca to Isaac, just as He had brought Eve to Adam. The Holy Spirit has given this description that we may know that the union of a man and a woman is from the Lord, especially if it takes place with the consent of the parents and the girl, as happened here. Therefore the servant adds words of thanks for the bride bestowed by God. To that extent godliness abounds in all his activities, for in small matters as well as in great thanks should be given to God.