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April 4, 2017

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Reading along with us in Genesis? Here’s today’s reading:

Genesis 24 (ESV)

“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, 3 that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, 4 but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” 5 The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” 6 Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there. 7 The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8 But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.” 9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter”… Continue Reading

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  1. I don’t know which custom I found more strange: that to swear an oath, you would put your hand under someone’s thigh (Genesis 24:2, Genesis 24:9) or Abraham’s servant putting a ring that weighed half of a shekel on Rebekah’s nose (Genesis 24:47)?

    I also found it interesting that although Laban (Rebekah’s brother) and Bethuel (Rebekah’s father) told Abraham’s servant that he could take Rebekah to “be the wife of your master’s son”, her brother and mother asked Rebekah if she would be willing to go with him (Genesis 24:57-58).

    I love the picture of Isaac walking in the field to meet them and Rebekah, after seeing him, covered herself with her veil. I can’t help but wonder if the ring is still on her nose?

  2. I haven’t been good about getting online to post my reading- things have been crazy around here preparing to move. I finished up Job and before I started Job I was readingGenesis so I picked up where I left off there and am almost finished with Genesis. Today I am reading 2 Cor. 9-10 in preparation for bible study tonight.

  3. Incredible. Read John 1:1-18 this morning and am blown away by what the Holy Spirit is showing me right now about “light” in relation to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit…and us. Shared a little bit in the John 1 comment section, but it’s impossible to truly articulate right now. Just sitting with it all, praying, and seeing things I hadn’t seen — not like this — before.

  4. What a great account of how God worked to bring Isaac and Rebekah together. Although the prayer of the servant and presenting a sign to God is not a paradigm for our Christian walk (there is no direct instruction in the New Testament that encourages this), it is also not something outside of the way God can and does work. Thank God that He gives us a myriad of ways to discern His will!

    It also struck me that Rebekah’s family wanted her to remain 10 days before she left with Abraham’s servant, but when they asked her she was fine to leave immediately….anyone else wonder why? Let’s talk about it….

    And I really like the real and relational nature of verses 64-67. She sees him, he sees her, she veils herself, they marry and Isaac is comforted from losing his mom…..

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