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 9, Day 2

Today’s Scriptures

Questions:

3.
in the fertile crescent between the Tigres and Euphretes.
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4.
a.
11:1 one language 4 make a name for ourselves 4 otherwise we will be scattered

b.
To fill the earth – they didn’t want to spread out

c.
break the 10 commandments, and do not Love the lord your God with… They love themselves, love money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient, ungrateful, unholy…Having a form of godliness but denying its power.

 

My Daily Journal:

Settle.

Where in your life are you trying to settle?  I hear it all the time.  When things calm down then I will…  I’ve just been so busy, but someday…  When I retire, I am going to…

The people at this time decided to settle.  They found a nice place, a lush valley, and they settled.  It was time to enjoy their kingdom.  It was time to build the things they wanted to build to make a name for themselves.  It was time to work on their legacy, as the saying goes.

But God didn’t call them (or us for that matter) to settle.  He called us to take His word to the ends of the earth.  He called us to do His will.  While we have breath left in our body, there is work to be done.

It is not that God is against rest – He created it.  But rest is not a destination.  Rest is part of the rhythm of life.  God has so much more for us – why would we every want to settle for less?

Settle.