BSF Genesis: Week 19, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

12.
a.
Left everything he owned to Isaac, while living gave gifts to other sons (sent them away) Isaac and Ishmael came together to bury their father.

b.
Isaac lived in the Negev in Beer Lahai Roi, Ishmael lived in the Desert of Paran

This map shows both places (Beer Lahai Roi is at the southwest edge of Canaan)

13.
a.
Blessings of kind words from a believer
b.
Prayed for BSF children and co-leaders, my family, my church and my employees

My Daily Journal:

I thought it interesting that Isaac was living in the place that was named by Hagar in Genesis 16 when God saw her after she fled while pregnant with Ishmael.  Clearly Isaac and Ishmael knew each other because they unite to bury their father.  Despite everything else that has occurred, it is the provision of their father that unites them.  While Isaac provided for all of his children, there were 2 things very special.  1. He did not try to renegotiate, circumvent or divide God’s promise.  God had promised this land through Isaac to his descendents and Abraham made sure everyone else was moved off of it.  2.  Abraham provided a foundation of faith in God to his children.  While that seed did not necessarily take in all of them, it was planted and cultivated and we know, particularly with Isaac and Ishmael that God himself watered and cared for it.

Staying true to God’s word and promises and cultivating faith in our children.  Isn’t that what we should strive for as Christian parents?

BSF Genesis: Week 19, Day 4

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

9.
a.
Do not intermarry with pagan nations, Do not be yoked with unbelievers

b.
31: Come, you who are blessed by the LORD, 50: This is from the LORD 51: as the LORD has directed

10.
a.
48 I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD the God of my master who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son

b.
Glory to God, no one may boast before him. Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.

11.
a.
Nose ring 2 gold bracelets (about $7005 by today’s price for gold), entire story of how he came here, the offer to marry, gold silver jewelry clothing

b.
He sought permission of her family. They knew who Abraham was, his demonstration of faith. Showed respect for her and for her family

c.
We chose to go, but everything else is provided by God. We are called by Him, chosen by him, not anything we have done to earn it

My Daily Journal:

I am truly struck by Rebekah.  Earlier in this chapter we saw her actions reveal her character.  We saw that Abraham sent his servant to find a bride for his son and the servant sought someone with a servant’s heart.  But not a weak and fainting heart – Rebekah demonstrated strength of character, physical strength and strength of faith.

She was the first person to the well.  She did not come with lots of other girls to chit chat, but she was the early bird.  She was gracious and kind and went out of her way to treat a stranger with kindness, not only caring for him but also for his camels.  She was chaste and pure.

She must have been physically strong and hearty as well.  I looked it up – a camel drinks about 20 to 25 gallons.  10 camels = 200 to 250 gallons of water.  Water weighs a little over 8 lbs per gallon.  That means she was carting 1600 to 2000 lbs of water not counting the weight of her jug.  And then, after she was done, she went for a run – running home to tell her mother’s family.

We see her faith in her decision.  When her family wishes for her to linger with them, she displays obedience to God and a desire to step in that obedience.  Think how difficult this was.  Leaving home, family, everything behind to go to a strange land and be married to a stranger.  No bridesmaids, no mother of the bride, just jump on a camel and go.

BSF Genesis: Week 19, Day 3

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.

BSF Genesis: Week 19, Day 2

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

3.
a.
In every way, with a son with a family with an opportunity to demonstrate his obedience, prosperity, sheep, bailed him out of at least 2 bad situations, promised land, God’s covenant, daily walk, not to mention his hottie wife.

b.
watered and yielding fruit, not wither, prospers, inherit the land, steps are firm, though stumble not fall, blessed with food and abundance, every spiritual blessing, lamp to our feet, known by name

c.
In every way. By providing opportunities to demonstrate my obedience to him and through kind words of a believer.

4.
a.
By directing his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just

b.
Not a Canaanite woman for a wife. Isaac couldn’t move from promised land.  Both of these were in keeping with God’s covenant.

c.
To help them grow in faith, by providing an example to them of christian faith and marriage, help them marry believer

5.
He sought to guide the marriage of his son through whom God had promised bountiful nations and descendents. To help him marry a believer.

My Daily Journal:

When we think about how God has blessed us we often think of the big things.  We think about the sticky situations He has bailed us out of.  We think  about the roof over our head and the food that we eat.  We think about the relationships we have with others.  While all of that is true it is like picking out a few big trees in a forest or a few large rocks along a shoreline beach.

I love the way it is phrased in Genesis 24:1:  The Lord had blessed him in every way.  Everything around us, everything we have is a blessing from God.  Every breath, every beat of our heart is a blessing.  Every hug and kiss of a loved one.  Even every trial and tear.  All of these are blessings from God.

When we walk daily with God we have the opportunity to recognize and give thanks to him not only for the landmarks in our lives, the major events, but also for the whole picture.  24 chapters into Genesis and I’m reminded of Genesis 1 and that everything was created by God for man to enable us to have a relationship with Him.