Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Genesis 24-25:1-18

Genesis 24:1-27 – The Witness of the Servant

God has blessed Abraham and now he is old.  He needed to fulfill his responsibility to God for his family.  God had given him the land He had promised for him and his offspring so he needed to find a wife for his son, Isaac.  He wanted to get a wife who believed and worshiped God.  Choosing a wife is always a big deal.  God’s best plan for believers is to be united in marriage with another believer.  The Bible says to not be unequally yoked together.  “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?” 2 Cor. 6:14.  If you are unequally yoked together, marriage will be much more difficult.  But if you are already married to an unbelieving spouse, you are to stay with them.  You can demonstrate Christ to them in your marriage.

Abraham thought it best to get one from his own country and people and not from the Canaanites, since they did not worship the one true living God.  So he sent his servant back to his country to find a wife.  Abraham had the servant swear by the Lord to get a wife from his own family.  He wanted to make sure the servant did not take Isaac back to his country with him.  Probably because Abraham thought he might stay and that was not God’s plan.  He needed him to stay in the land God gave to him.  Gen. 24: 1-10.

Do you fulfill your responsibilities to your family?
What do you want to leave behind you as a legacy for your family?
What responsibilities do Christian parents have to their children?
How are they difference from those of non-Christians?

We as Christian parents need to bring up godly children: teaching, training and disciplining our children.  “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Prov. 22:6.  “Discipline your son, for in that there is hope”. Prov. 19:18a.  “Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.”Prov. 29:17.  “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”Eph. 6:4.  “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” Col. 3:21.  We should also pray for our children’s spouses to come.  Ask God to send just the right person for your child.  Pray that they are prepared to be a spouse to your child and pray that your child is prepared to be a good spouse to them.  Pray that they be godly and love the Lord.  Ask to send them someone who is patient, kind, loving, compassionate, humble, and lives a life pleasing to God. 

The servant took 10 of his master’s 10 camels and left to find Isaac a wife.  He asked God to make his journey a success.  He had a tiring stressful trip and traveled 600 mile.  He arrived in Nahor and stayed by the well outside the town.  “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.  See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.  May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink, and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water our camels too’ – let her be the one you have chosen for our servant Isaac.  By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” Gen. 24:12-14.   He prayed specifically for what he wanted.  This teaches us we need to pray specifically for what we want.  God answered his prayer before he finished praying.  Wow!  I wish God would do that for me.  Rebekah came to the well and said and did exactly what the servant had asked God she would say and do to show him that she was the right one.  By her offering to give him water and to water his camels showed him her character. She was unselfish, kind, compassionate and had a servant’s heart.  

What is prayer?  It’s talking to God.  You don’t have to have fancy words or be eloquent.  You love talking to your children and we are God’s children.  He wants us to talk with Him.  He loves talking with us.  We need to pray specifically.  He cares about the details.  Take time for Him.  He is always available.

The servant asked who she was and if he could spend the night in her father’s house.  She answered that she was the daughter of Bethuel, son that Milcah bore to Nahor and there was plenty of room in his house for him to spend the night.  The servant then bowed down and worshiped the Lord for God had led him to the house of his master’s relatives. 

How do you know if something is God’s will?  There are three things to look for to know God’s will:  1. There is an outward sign after prayer; 2. It is in His principles and His Word; 3. You have inward deep peace about the decision you’ve made.  You can have fear about making the decision, but still have peace.  When facing a decision, pray about it.

Will you act in confidence when you make that decision?

God reveals His will for our lives when we seek Him by faith.

Genesis 24:28-67 – The Willingness of the Bride

The servant told her family the whole story of his journey and why he had been sent by Abraham.  Rebekah’s family realized that God wanted her to marry Isaac.  Her brother, Laban acknowledged the one true God and agreed that Rebekah would go with him to be Isaac’s wife.  They didn’t abandon her, but knew it was Gods’ will.  Rebekah also agreed.  Her decision involved risk, but she submitted to God's will.  The servant gave Rebekah gold and silver jewelry and clothing.  He also gave costly gifts to her brother and to her mother. 

The servant brought Rebekah to Isaac and told him what he had done.  Isaac could have rebelled, but demonstrated his faith by receiving and submitting to God's will.  Isaac and Rebekah’s eyes met.  They were married and they fell in love.  What a beautiful love story.  Today we marry the one we love.  In bible times, they loved the one they married.

God’s calling and direction can be trusted with faith over fear.

This story parallels with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and us.  Abraham represents God.  Isaac represents Jesus.  The servant represents the Holy Spirit.  Rebekah represents us.  The servant was sent by Abraham to find Isaac a bride.  God sends the Holy Spirit out to find a bride for Jesus.  We are the bride of Jesus.  The church is the bride of Jesus.  What lessons we learn!  I have heard and read this story many times and never saw the parallels until now.  We learn something new each time we read God’s Word.  Praise God for His Word!

Genesis 25:1-18 – The Will of Abraham

Abraham’s Obituary -   He lived to be 175 years old.  He walked with God for 100 years.  He was a friend of Gods.  His life wasn’t easy.  He walked by faith.  He was real and made mistakes, but God used him.  He gave all his possession to Isaac.  He left something for each of us:  An example to live by faith; An example of living and walking by faith; A savior – Matt. 1:1.  Ishmael and Isaac together buried him with his wife Sarah.  Ishmael lived to be 137 years old and Isaac lived to be 140 years old.

Our trust in Christ today impacts our faith for the future generation.

How will you impact others?
Are you living by faith or fear?
We are preparing our last will and testament.  Are you living by example that you would like others to follow?


susan said...

Are you studying with Bible Study Fellowship? This section from Genesis was this weeks lesson. So, this was a great in depth follow up. Thank you!

Linda said...

Yes, this is my 7th year. I love it, too.

Thanks for your comment.