1. “Many times we start out obeying God, and then let it fall by the wayside.
Abraham continued in obedience. Verse 5 He trusted God – WE will worship and WE will come back to you. Abraham knew the promise (from God) would come to pass. He didn’t know how. But he trusted in what he could not see or understand.”
“Lots of people can talk the talk. If they truly love God, they are obedient to God. That is how we prove it.”
The last statement reminded me of Jesus questions Peter, “Do you love me?…Feed my sheep.”
I question the statement that Abraham was comforted knowing he would “be with” Sarah again. Many Jews at the time of Christ and most Jews today do not believe there is life after death. God may have told Abraham he would see here again, but even Jesus seems to say there is no such thing as a marriage relationship in heaven other than between the church and Christ.
2. Overflow with faith, hope, and love in my daily life, especially by obeying God quickly and completely. “True love for God comes through faith, for “without faith it is impossible to please God.”” Hebrews 11:6
3. a. Genesis 24:1 “…and the Lord blessed him in every way.”
- Beautiful wife and good marriage
- Son Isaac born of his beautiful wife who had been barren
- Prosperity: Large herds, silver, servants
- Victory in rescuing Lot and his family
- Numerous encounters with the angel of the Lord
- God was his friend
b. The righteous
- The are stable and firmly planted in a well-watered place.
- Whatever he does will prosper (bare fruit).
- The Lord watches over us.
- The Lord keeps the righteous from falling.
- The Lord will pour out an abundance. (Note: 1. Abraham tithed once in his entire lifetime, and what he tithed wasn’t even his own money or goods – it was the spoils of war when he went to rescue Lot and his family. 2. The law was given to the Israelites – not Gentiles. 3. Jesus came to set us free from the law.)
- The Lord has blessed us the heavenly realm with every spiritual blessing.
c. Heated house, more than enough house, more than enough food, more than enough transportation, more than enough resources for our business, more than enough ideas, more than enough favor, more than enough loved ones who love me back, excellent health, comfortable bed, good neighbors, things to look forward to, paid bills,
4. a. Abraham charged a servant with the task of obtaining a wife for Isaac from his relatives, but would not let Isaac accompany him to prevent Isaac from the temptation to remain there. If Isaac had married a Canaanite, his wife and his offspring would be tainted by the godless culture.
b. Abraham rejected the idea of Isaac marrying a Canaanite and allowing Isaac to go back to his relatives and choose a wife for himself.
c. Pray for their children, teach them about the Lord, teach them the importance of marrying a believer, and insure that they spend time with believers.
5. Abraham recounts how the Lord led him to leave his country of origin and promised to give the land of Canaan to his offspring. He tells the servant that God will send his angel as a divine GPS to enable him to complete the task.
6. a. The servant’s only challenge was his fear of not choosing the right girl.
b. The servant prayed and proposed a sign that would insure he had found the right girl.
c. (This should have been labeled *Personal*) I have three directives that vie for my time and focus. All three are in competition with making a living and my husband who is not always on the same page, so to speak. I seemingly lack the needed time, energy, money, ideas, patience, and expertise.
I must continually ask the Lord for direction, wisdom, resources, and strength. I have already been doing this, and I’ve seen some answers come in ways I did not anticipate. It feels like a daily struggle. Does that mean I’m still trying to do too much in my own strength? Much of the struggle comes from being pulled in so many directions, and not being able to schedule and/or follow through on plans and requests for assistance. Discipline to follow through is also wanting – often due to frustration and exhaustion.
7. a. It was reasonable because the girl had come to draw water. It was a custom to give water to someone who asked.
b. Rebekah’s willingness to offer to water the camels, showed she was physically strong and had a kind and generous nature.
- He arrived at the time the women come to draw water. Gen. 24:11
- Before he finished praying, a girl arrived. Gen. 24:15
- Rebekah was beautiful and unmarried. Gen. 24:15
- She readily gave the servant water and offered to draw water for all the camels as well. Gen. 24:19
- She turned out to be the daughter of Abraham’s relatives. Gen. 24:24
b. She was chaste and modest, she was one of his relatives, who believed in God.
c. The servant watched Rebekah closely and I believe listening for God to let him know if she was or was not the right one. Gen. 24: 21 He seems to receive his answer because he takes out the ring and two bracelets before he asks who she is. Gen. 24:22
9. a. Do not intermarry with them. Your mate should be like-minded and in right standing with God.
b. Laban and Bethuel, both sons of Nahor, said “this is from the Lord” and “Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.” Gen. 24:51
10. a. When the servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground to worship.
b. We should not take the glory for the things done by God. He is our wisdom – our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.
11. a. gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing
b. Abraham’s servant accurately relayed the events and conversation that occurred at the well.
He waited at the well until Laban came and implored him and his men to come back with him and stay the night.
Abraham’s servant and the other men ate and drank there and spent the night without incident.
c. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me. Revelation 3:20” God loves us so much, He sent His only Son…John 3:16
Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, seeks to save those who are lost. He invites us to accept His invitation to be His bride. When we accept, we are given a new, spotlessly white garment. He loves us…oh how He loves us.
12. a. Abraham left everything he owned to his son Isaac. While he was still alive, he gave gifts to his other sons. He sent Ishmael and his other sons away from Isaac.
b. Ishmael’s and his sons settled “in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the border of Egypt, as you go toward Asshur.” In the northwest area of modern Saudi Arabia. Abraham sent his other sons to the east of Isaac who lived in Beer-lahai-roi.
13. a. We had a tough week business wise. I’m not pleased with the way I reacted to my husband who was taking it harder than I thought he should. The tension between us was fairly thick for a couple of days. Still, we had a warm house, a roof that didn’t leak during the heavy rainfall, our bills are paid, and we had plenty to eat. We are blessed.
b. My dad by taking him to church and arranging to have some other family members join us, and by getting the family together for lunch afterward. Also by spending time with my grandchildren.
14. When given a task to complete for God, I learned I should take time to consider if what looks like the answer is indeed the answer.
Study Question posts are updated daily (ideally) until all of the questions are answered. I am a BSF student – a work in progress – not a theologian. Comments are welcome and encouraged.