BSF Genesis: Week 19, Day 3

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February 9, 2013 by bsfcl1

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

6.
a.
lengthy travel, did not know anyone, no references, no recommendations, short time, personal risk

b.
went, prayed, waited, chose to rely only on God (not his own preconditions)

c.
Hiring and work. Relying on God to bring the right people and the right work.

7.
a.
It was a sign of having a servants heart that revealed the character of Isaac’s betrothed. It fit the scenario, task and situation.  Not outlandish or absurd.

b.
That she had a servant’s heart and was generous and thoughtful and a hard worker

8.
a.
Asked God for specific scene and it was exactly presented

b.
From Abraham’s household, from his hometown – not a canaanite

c.
When he met her he did not know any of this

My Daily Journal:

Trusting in God allows us to trust in others.

I was moved by the relationship between Abraham and his servant.  Last week we saw Abraham demonstrate his trust of God through his willingness to obey even in a situation that did not make sense and tugged at his very heart: sacrificing his only son.  While the characters are different this week, the core of the lesson is the same – trusting in God.

We saw that Abraham trusted and relied on the Lord but also did the hard work to make provisions to fulfill his responsibilities as an obedient servant to the Lord and as a father of a son and of many nations to come.  When he was commanded to take Isaac to the mountain he embarked quickly, but not before he cut the wood, secured the fire, loaded the donkey, employed the servants.  This week we see those same qualities.

Abraham knew the promise God had made and knew that required a wife for Isaac.  Abraham sought to do the work to be a part of that promise, not to interfere with God, but neither to sit idle.  He wanted a great wife for his son because he knew the special plan God had communicated that would come through his son and thus his bride.  He wanted someone not only physically able, but, more importantly, spiritually strong.  He looked around and knew that person could not come from his neighbors.  Sin permeates and Abraham knew first hand the difficulties of growing up in a household that did not worship God and God alone.  He wanted better for his son.  He also wanted his son to stay in the promise God had made.  The promise was tied to land, Abraham was planting seeds in that land and it takes time and care for those seeds to take root.

But Abraham was old.  He had trusted in God and now he had to trust in another man.  He turned to his servant, someone who had been directed “to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just.”  He equipped him with gold, jewelry, riches, camels and, most importantly, the spirit of God and the prayer for angels to watch over his journey.  He put the future of his descendents in his hands.  There was no plan B – he said if you do not find the right person then you are free.

What this shows to me is that, yes, Abraham trusted this servant.  But more importantly and even greater, he trusted God.

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One thought on “BSF Genesis: Week 19, Day 3

  1. I love coming here and reading your answers after I’ve done my study. God has granted you wisdom, discernment and understanding; thank you for blessing others (like me) by sharing it.
    For question 7a, I looked up all the crossreferences in my Bible, for other Scriptural instances of men of God who asked for a sign, as well as the verses in Proverbs that talk about casting lots. One interesting thing that I discovered was that the last example of this being done was in Acts 1:26, when the apostles cast lots to see who would succeed Judas as one of the twelve (and the lot fell on Matthias). Immediately following that verse, my Bible has a heading: “the coming of the Holy Spirit.”
    Without the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide Old Testament God-followers in the way of the Lord, casting lots or asking for a sign were common ways of determining God’s will. God honored their desire for HIS Wisdom and graciously gave them assurance.
    James 1:5 immediately came to mind. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
    I am so grateful that we do not serve a God who is out to keep us in the dark, but one who asks us to acknowledge Him in all our ways, and He WILL direct our paths!

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