“Listening to God” Bible Reading & Devotion: Apr. 28, 2022 – Genesis 024

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Genesis 24 (ESV)

Isaac and Rebekah

Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. 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, 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, but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” 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?” Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there. 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. 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.” So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.

10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor. 11 And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when women go out to draw water. 12 And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”

 

REFLECTION

  • Abraham took marriage seriously and commanded his servant to find a wife for Isaac from his home town. This was probably because the land of Canaan was full of idolatry and perversions.  He did not want his son to be influenced by his wife and led away to worship idols.
  • This servant had not asked God for a vision or miraculous event but for guidance through clear signs in natural circumstances. Have you asked God to guide you in this way? Can there be potential harm in this approach?
  • Whether you are married or single, to what extent is (was) God involved in seeking someone for companionship (not excluded to romantic relationship, but think about friendship, and, partnership, etc.) in your life?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, please allow me to always have Your presence in my marriage. Please bless me and my spouse that we may learn how to love each other, support each other, tolerate each other, and endure each other in Your good will and in the abundance of Your grace. Please let us be a pair of sweethearts and lovers that are pleasing to You, and growing in front of You, like two lilies exuding the fragrance in the spring breeze, and like two fruit trees in the spring rain, with branches intersecting, luxuriant flowers and leaves, and endure all the way to Autumn, so as to bear the beautiful fruit of love. Glory to You. Amen!

 

HYMN

He Leadeth Me – youtu.be/rpYM6Et_hVY

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