Then they got on camels and left with Abraham's servant and his men. Now let us return. Just like the 5 wise virgins who went the extra mile in their preparation for the bridegroom by preparing extra oil, Rebekah went the extra mile by not only giving the servant water but also by feeding the camels also (vs. 17-20). ( Log Out /  It was late afternoon, the time when the women came out for water. Genesis announced earning four 2020 Red Dot Awards. Not only were Adam and Eve and their progeny separated from God and removed from dwelling with Him in the Garden of Eden, they were also separated from the source of life, the Tree of Life! Prayer is but a never ending conversation, so we must believe that our answers are already on the way from the moment we made our requests! Abraham lived in a heathen land with many possible daughters that could be a wife for Isaac, but he was not of/from them. Abraham’s servant put the mission first (vs.33). As women, any proposal we are approached with should not be kept secret from our household/support system. "No!" From a more important and eternal point of view, it speaks to the importance of free will. | The Gossip 4 Jesus Initiative. Thus God swears his servants to their work, that, having sworn, they may perform it. In the morning, Rebekah’s family tried to do something funny. Men, let the Holy Spirit lead you to a worthy woman to serve as your wife and help-meet. Reflections is based on my personal devotional journals from a daily practice of reading through the Bible chapter by chapter. Sarah dies in chapter 23 just prior to the events narrated in our text for this weekend. Share via Email Report Story Send. Once we change our names as we wed our husband Jesus, it serves as the ultimate recognition that we now belong to one another. by rjrodda Follow. Reflection For Genesis In The Beginning. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window). Rebekah’s actions truly showed the depth of kindness in her character. Bone of my Bone, a Reflection on Genesis 2:18-24 In the chapter 1 version of creation, every day God looks at that day's work and pronounces it good. My hope is that these reflections will encourage other believers to study the Bible with confidence that it is well within the capacity of lay believers to comprehend. And Abraham was old . It once again shows that she wasn’t just some property being forcefully sent off by her family, she actually wanted to go. THE CONTEXT. I solemnly promised my master that I would do what he said. I have a room ready for you in our house, and there's also a place for your camels.". And he told me, "Don't choose a wife for my son from the women in this land of Canaan. Send to Friend. Right away I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms. Two men named Nahor were associated with this place: the grandfather of Abraham (Genesis 11:24-26) and the brother of Abraham (Genesis 11:26-29). Doing that is saying we want to become one flesh and one mind with them – which is absurd because they do not have the mind of Christ. Abraham’s servant asked for a sign (vs. 11 – 14) through a test of character. Be honest with them from the start and reveal everything, so they know exactly what they are getting into. Abraham's servant went home with Laban, where Laban's servants unloaded his camels and gave them straw and feed. This order should be followed in Christian marriages as it properly reflects the will of God the father for Christ and the Church. Light was good, separation of land and water was good, vegetation was good, separation of night and day was good, creatures of sea and sky were good, and, as a culmination, land animals, especially humans. from the church), shall I compromise and settle for an unbeliever? The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. When she had filled the jar, I asked her for a drink. In the providence of God a wife for Isaac had already been provided long before the need had arisen. It appears that Laban’s family have been cunning from day 1, therefore it is no surprise that Jacob (one of Rebekah’s twin sons later born to Isaac) inherits this trait from his mother’s side of the family. CHAPTER 24. Reflection #4: A Day is a Day in Genesis 1. After he had finished, she said, "Now I'll give your camels all the water they want." Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 EXEGESIS: GENESIS 23-24. (1-4) Abraham sends out a servant to seek out a bride for his son. "Christian" appears only 3 times in The Bible! This is very symbolic. I would call this chapter, “Promises, Prayers, and Providence” if I were to title it. "He is my master Isaac," the servant answered. I pray the mercies of God over you throughout this week. Her brother Laban heard her tell what the servant had said, and he saw the ring and the bracelets she was wearing. Don’t assume that you can make the decision all by yourself. It is interesting that Rebekah is able to make this decision seemingly without consulting any of the men in her household – this is a side note which somewhat speaks of the position and treatment of women in those times. It is important to have the blessing of a family in marriage. We have come to the end of the Abraham and Sarah cycle of stories and next week we will move into the Jacob cycle. 1. Two Creation Stories and Two Portrayals of God In Genesis 1, God is portrayed as speaking from afar, bringing order out of chaos in a well planned and carefully structured progression of six days of creation. Sometimes things have the appearance of godliness but no form/substance, like a shadow (II Timothy 3:1-9). Genesis 24 constitutes an expansive narrative regarding the quest of finding a wife for Isaac. She quickly poured out water for them, and she kept going back for more, until his camels had drunk all they wanted. We see the servant praying to God for direction and success. ", I asked my master, "What if the young woman refuses to come with me?". Genesis One & Two Reflection Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Everyone knows this quote, and everyone understands the creation story, and how Genesis 1 explains it. 24. Isaac & Rebekah: Reflections On Genesis 24. As Isaac is a forerunner of Christ, this is a symbol that the bride of Christ must not be unequally yoked to Him. Practically every picture or painting of this scene shows God leading them out. | The Gossip 4 Jesus Initiative. #MeditationMonday‬ – Out of the abundance of a man’s heart, his mouth speaks. . Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. in the name of the LORD, who rules heaven and earth, that you won't choose a wife for my son Isaac from the people here in the land of Canaan. Today we’re meditating on Genesis 24. Abraham's servant and the men with him ate and drank, then spent the night there. When he got there, he let the camels rest near the well outside the city. Questions for Reflection and Discussion – Genesis 24 Date: October 26, 2018 HAT 0 Comments The text we’re studying for Sunday, October 28, is Genesis 24, and in particular the sections of the narrative that focus on what Rebekah does and says. The LORD had led me straight to my master's relatives, and I had found a wife for his son. Instead, go back to the land where I was born and find a wife for my son from among my relatives. Scripture: Genesis 24 Reflection: As we start into another week we once more return to God's earliest dealings with humanity and look at the working out of His Covenant with Abraham. Genesis 9:24. Reflection Readings: Genesis 1:26-2:3 or Colossians 3:14-15,17,23-24; Matthew 13:54-58 Commentaries on the Readings : Genesis 1:26-2:3 or Colossians 3:14-15,17,23-24; Matthew 13:54-58 The Gospel reading from Matthew describes a scene where Jesus, now engaged in his public ministry, returned to visit Nazareth, the place where he grew up. Share via Email Report Story Since God invented marriage, what did he say about it? Noah knew — Either by the information of his sons, or by divine inspiration, what his younger son, (Hebrews his son, הקשׂן, the younger, or little one,) had done unto him. 15 Ways To Live Peacefully With God, Others & Ourselves. So I drank, and after that she got some water for my camels. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. . The Bride of the Master’s Son (The Church, Jesus) must come of her own will. Take Rebekah with you, she can marry your master's son, just as the LORD has said.". Genesis 24:1-9.A MARRIAGE COMMISSION. The servant is bound by an oath to do his utmost to get a wife for Isaac among his relations, Genesis 24:3,4. Genesis 24. It is important to watch closely. In order for the devil not to deceive us, discernment is always needed to avoid things which appear like what they are not. Does he have room in his house for me and my men to spend the night?". The first things that struck me were reminders of who God designed humans (and therefore me) to be from the beginning of time, before sin entered the picture and muddied things. The church must be WILLING to enter into a faithful relationship with her husband Jesus. Genesis 24:1-9.A MARRIAGE COMMISSION. The servant explained: I am Abraham's servant. Share. Afterwards, Rebekah and the young women who were to travel with her prepared to leave. Abraham’s servant asked a valid question in vs.5. Reflections on Genesis. Genesis 22 (Contemporary English Version) ; Some years later God decided to test Abraham, so he spoke to him. Genesis 24 fits into the book of Genesis as a whole considering central questions such as … Continue reading "Commentary on Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67" Their relationship was broken. She will not be forced into a relationship with him to serve a “divine purpose”. The sabbath and marriage were two ordinances instituted in innocence, the former for the preservation of the church, the latter for the preservation of mankind. Once we start the conversation on marriage with God, he begins to prepare an answer for us. Do they prioritise their wives in a way befitting the change to name? (vs.60). They called her and asked, "Are you willing to leave with this man right now?" Or, the second account of creation. The young women of the city will soon come to this well for water. Then Laban said, "The LORD has brought you safely here. When a young woman comes out to get water, I'll ask her to give me a drink. Come, gather around, as I tell your future. Such situations often happen to us too, we find ourselves caught in suspicious situations with our future in-laws. The LORD has been good to my master and has made him very rich. Canaan is thought by many to be chiefly intended. Sin was introduced and destroyed man's relationship with God, so God drove man out of the Garden. Once God has made us a promise, He will surely keep it. This is the same approach men must take, and they must be prepared for whatever outcome (including rejection), just like Abraham’s servant. Now that the mission was over, the servant could relax, eat and drink (vs.54). Reflections on Genesis 24 Genesis 24 (Contemporary English Version) Abraham was now a very old man. This blog post has been written in a verse by verse commentary style. Just as the servant did not eat or drink, do not relax before the work is fully over (vs.49). Genesis 2:23, Genesis 2:24; contain the very words of the marriage ceremony: This is flesh of my flesh, and bone of my bone, therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Genesis 3:23-24. Two Creation Stories and Two Portrayals of God In Genesis 1, God is portrayed as speaking from afar, bringing order out of chaos in a well planned and carefully structured progression of six days of creation. Upon hearing Rebekah’s consent, her family blessed her as she left, and what a blessing it was indeed! The Danger of The Ruth & Boaz Narrative In Defining Christian Relationships. She becomes of higher priority – this is God’s order. Abraham sends his “top servant” with an important oath: “go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son” (vs 2-4). But this is incorrect! (vs. 66). It is again interesting that they thought to seek her view on the matter. Abraham was now a very old man. 1. Questions for Reflection and Discussion – Genesis 2 18-25 and 4 1-2 Date: September 21, 2018 Author: HAT 0 Comments The text we’re studying for Sunday, September 23 is Genesis 2:18-25 and 4:1-2 , God’s specific creation of the first woman as distinct from the first man, and the birth announcement of Cain and Abel. Please let us know how you find it. Honesty before potential/future in-laws is very important. while I am here at the well. 24 ... “Please tell me whose daughter you are. Abraham is a type of the Father, Isaac of the Son, and the servant of the Holy Spirit. Reflections on the text – Genesis 24 Get link; Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Email; Other Apps; July 05, 2014 Read the text here: Genesis 24:1-67. It means that the bride must not be a foreigner to their values, they must not be unequally yoked. The question regarding the length of the days of creation arises especially in connection with the new geological sciences that appeared in the century before Darwin. She must be a church in tune with the values and needs of her Husband. 1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. 1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. “Do not take my son back there” (vs.8). 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds Then he said, "Please tell me who your father is. As a friend of mine has put it, “The ram is already in the bush” (cf. Read Reflections on Genesis 2:24 - the Marriage Scripture from the story The Wedding Verses by rjrodda (R J Rodda) with 257 reads. There's no need for you to keep on standing outside. She was Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Abraham's brother Nahor and his wife Milcah. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The LORD who rules heaven brought me here from the land where I was born and promised that he would give this land to my descendants forever. "Then she may go. It’s a new method of bible study we’re trying out, which is very different to the usual writing style on our blog. When we read the creation account in Genesis 1 we typically focus on what it says about us, that is, about the world of creation and our place in it. She had nobody on her mind, she was not lusting after anyone. In Genesis 2:24, when the marriage covenant is ordained, man and woman are designated as "one flesh"—one unit. Genesis 2:24. After the servant tells them everything, he asks whether they will accept or not – “so I may know which way to turn”. Reflections on Genesis 49 Genesis 49 (Contemporary English Version) Jacob called his sons together and said: My sons, I am Jacob, your father Israel. In this chapter, we see the promises Abraham made his servant make concerning getting a wife for Isaac. Believers must be alert as we watch and pray. Then they brought water into the house, so Abraham's servant and his men could wash their feet. We have no choice in the matter. Reblogged this on The Gossip 4 Jesus Initiative. While these are important truths, they are not the most important thing that Genesis 1 teaches. So he asks God what to do about the matter, although it doesn't actually say this in this chapter but I don't believe that Abraham would have taken this action without asking God first. Upon arriving, Rebekah covered herself at the sight of Isaac (vs. 62-64). Isaac & Rebekah: Reflections On Genesis 24. gossip4jesus / May 15, 2017 #MeditationMonday‬ – Out of the abundance of a man’s heart, his mouth speaks. I would call this chapter, “Promises, Prayers, and Providence” if I were to title it. Reflection on Genesis chatpers 23-24 Sarah the great matriarch dies Isaac needs a wife - Rebekah comes One matriarch dies, another comes onto the scene There is … When she started back, Abraham's servant ran to her and said, "Please let me have a drink of water.". Her heart was unpolluted and uncorrupted, it had not been “slept with”, she bore no soul-ties to any past lovers. Now Isaac took Rebekah into His mother’s tent (vs. 67). (1), Is It Shameful For A Woman To Speak In Church? The servant leaves loaded with all sorts of good gifts from the master. Is It Shameful For A Woman To Speak In Church? So we come then to chapter 24. 1. . In the end, it came down to the consent of Rebekah (vs.57). The text we're studying for Sunday, November 18 is Genesis 28, the story of "Jacob's ladder." I think it is easy to get so caught up in discussions about how we should interpret Genesis that we can miss out on the beauty that is revealed to us in it. and I'll ask one of them for a drink. He stands firm and deals with them. Genesis 3:24. We can apply this to us and say – well what if I can’t find someone from my own people to marry me (i.e. He prays to God for success in his journey (vs.12). Rebekah’s “I WILL GO” must become our ultimate cry, declaration and response when the Holy Spirit calls us unto the Father. So Laban ran out to Abraham's servant, who was standing by his camels at the well. Should I send Isaac there to look for a wife?". We have a place where you and your men can stay, and we also have enough straw and feed for your camels.". Then I bowed my head and gave thanks to the God my master Abraham worships. make herself vulnerable, emotionally attached to him or engage in lustful thoughts and actions towards him, even though they were engaged. Love cannot be forced/forceful. There must at least be gifts for any paternal/maternal guardians. The Grace for Obedience: Lessons From The Garden Of Gethsemane. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The word “kind,” which is employed in different senses in the Bible, is, in Genesis 1, almost certainly broader than our term “species,” yet it clearly suggests that all … Rebekah did exactly as the servant prayed for and he watched her closely (vs.17-21). Genesis 24 – A Bride for Isaac A. Abraham’s commission to his servant. Please keep your promise to him and let me find a wife for Isaac today. vs.3 – “among who I am living”. They said, “let her remain with us for 10 days or so” (vs. 55). Genesis 9:24. So the servant gave Abraham his word that he would do everything he had been told to do. "Yes," she answered. As you grow in knowledge and understanding, may you be empowered to share your convictions with others. Remember that when two-or-more people unite with one mind, they can accomplish anything (Genesis 11), this is why there must be unity of values in every marriage. As the servant’s story clearly revealed a divine will, so also in this day and age, the backstory will often reveal any red-flags that determine whether there is a divine will for the marriage or not. When Rebekah had finished bringing the water, he gave her the ring for her nose and the bracelets for her arms. And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah and Gaham and Tahash and Maacah ( Genesis 22:20-24; emphasis added). Sarah, my master's wife, didn't have any children until she was very old. God is indeed creating a Family modeled after His own characteristics, but not all Godlike characteristics are found in one sex or gender, any more than they are found in one race. It appears by Matthew 19:4-5, that it was God himself who said here, a man must leave all his relations to cleave to his wife; but whether he spake this by Moses or by Adam, is uncertain. My master answered, "I have always obeyed the LORD, and he will send his angel to help you find my son a wife from among my own relatives. Since it is a single verse, it should not be expected to be an exhaustive treatment of the subject of marriage, yet as the apex of the story, it should tell us some essential things about that institution. Reflections on Genesis 2:24 - the Marriage Scripture 257 3 0. by rjrodda. The servant tells Rebekah’s family EVERYTHING that happened up to that point (vs.34–49). At that time Isaac was living in the southern part of Canaan near a place called "The Well of the Living One Who Sees Me.". The first is that of many friends, family members, etc. If she gives me a drink and offers to get some water for my camels, I'll know she is the one you have chosen.". Upon hearing the servant’s story, Rebekah’s family immediately realised that the match was from God and they refused to stand in the way of what God was doing, so they released Rebekah (vs.50). The servant prayed: You, LORD, are the God my master Abraham worships. God is indeed creating a Family modeled after His own characteristics, but not all Godlike characteristics are found in one sex or gender, any more than they are found in one race. ( Log Out /  Genesis 2:24 is masterfully placed in the text of the Bible’s first book. Will you treat him fairly, or do I have to look for another young woman? One evening he was walking out in the fields, when suddenly he saw a group of people approaching on camels. A good wife or the sign of a good wife is demonstrated through character, a woman willing to go the extra mile. Wednesday, March 26, 2008 Genesis 24 When God has given us an instruction, we must never go against what He has said. For example, there are many families who agree to a marriage only to later demand that the bride is pregnant before marriage as evidence of her fertility, as they want to guarantee their son will be able to foster children to continue the family line. Genesis 24 WEEK 11 Genesis 24 . The tragic results are evident for anyone to see! This is something that is not really taught today in Christian circles. Reflection #1: The God of Creation. This is an inference to how the Holy Spirit is loaded with good and perfect gifts from the Father (James 1:17). God knows best and we must honour and rejoice at His will knowing that He does unto us what is for our own good. Although Rebekah told her mother’s household, men were not isolated from the process either as evidenced in the role played by her brother Laban (vs. 29-31). In this chapter, we see the promises Abraham made his servant make concerning getting a wife for Isaac. Genesis 24 is a chapter that is rich in lessons for our lives, but I would like to focus upon three avenues of truth contained in our text: servanthood, guidance, and marriage. Taking her into his mother’s tent was clear evidence of this. When the servant confirmed everything and was sure of his success, he gave praise to God (vs. 26-27) – we must never forget to thank/give glory and praise to God when we receive answers to our prayers, even if the answer is not what we were expecting! ( Log Out /  Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. "I'll be glad to," she answered. But the servant said, "Before I eat, I must tell you why I have come." Those following this blog for a while would already know that I love finding connections between the events of our lives and the Torah Portions read at these times. 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