Sermon Preached at St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
“Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”4
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.” And in today’s passage, it is Rebekah who leaves her country, her kindred and her father’s house to go to the land that God has shown to Abraham, the land of Canaan.
“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. . . . I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. . . . And I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are now an alien, all the land of Canaan, for a perpetual holding; and I will be their God.”
And again, we find a parallel in today’s reading when Rebekah’s family sends her with this blessing: “May you, our sister, become thousands of myriads; may your offspring gain possession of the gates of their foes.”