Rebecca, Rebekah

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Daughter of Bethuel the nephew of Abraham, and wife of Isaac. Abraham’s servant conducted her to one, whom she had not before seen—to Isaac, who had in a figure been received back from the dead after having been offered to God on the altar: beautiful type of the saints who form the bride of Christ being led by the Holy Spirit on their journey to be the “wife” of the Risen One “whom having not seen they love,” and to whom they can now be companions in spirit, being of His “kindred,” whom He is not ashamed to own as brethren.
Rebekah, when among the Philistines, denied her true relationship with Isaac, and in like manner the professing church has been unfaithful to her Lord.
Twenty years after her marriage Rebecca became the mother of twin sons, Esau and Jacob. The latter whom God said should be the first, was her favorite son; but she lacked faith, and did not wait for the promised blessing to fall upon Jacob in God’s time, but sought it in her own cunning way. Her death is not recorded, but she was buried with her husband in the cave of Machpelah (Gen. 22:2323And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother. (Genesis 22:23); Gen. 24-29; Gen. 49:3131There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. (Genesis 49:31); Rom. 9:1010And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; (Romans 9:10)).