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Week 2, Day 2

1. Read Genesis 24:28-60 and describe the events that followed the servant's arrival.

2. Was Rebekah asked her opinion about the marriage? (v.51)

3. When the servant heard Laban's reply, what did he do? (vv.52-53)

4. From Genesis 24:54-60, what took place next?

5. What did Rebekah's response, "I will go," say about Rebekah and her willingness?

6. Read Genesis 24:60. What do we now know about the truth of that statement of blessing?

7. Describe the meeting and marriage of Isaac and Rebekah in Genesis 24:61-67.

It would appear that Isaac was a man who deeply loved his mother. At the close of Genesis 24:67, we see that Rebekah comforted Isaac after Sarah's death. Though Sarah had died years before, Isaac continued to carry grief in his heart. Isaac took Rebekah into his mother's tent. This gesture was an act of kindness and respect for his mother and for Rebekah. Genesis 24:67 says that "he loved her."

LESSONS AND APPLICATIONS

1. God's plans for us can bring testing and blessing. Rebekah was excited about the news of a distant relative. How excited are you about the visit of someone you may not have seen in a long time, or about going to visit someone you don't know well?

2. Rebekah responded immediately to the question about leaving with "I will go." God honors a quick response when it is needed. In what area are you delaying when God is calling you to respond right now?

3. Marriage is a union of male and female that God has ordained. How do you view the marriage relationship?

7 comments:

Christina said...

Marriage can be a lot of fun but also can be very difficult. This past Sunday Pastor Bil said "You can't control what other people do. You can only control what you do". This was a COMPLETE relief to hear because sometimes I take ownership of my husband's (less than admirable) actions. So in my prayer time I ask God to make me and my husband better people. God is the only being that has the power to do so!

Anonymous said...

Rebekah's family wanted her to stay a few more days, probably to spend more time with her. Abraham's servent felt like God's will was clear and his job finding Issac a wife was done so it was time to head back home. Rebekah's family asked her to choose whether to stay or go, she chose to go. This has taught me that when God shows me what He wants me to do that I need to act on it immediatley and not be idle. Good lesson today!
Elisa

jlsohl said...

With sadness today I learned that a couple we know are separating after 10 years of marriage. Marriage requires work, requires a give and take relationship. Pastor Bil's message about controlling the actions you take in your relationship were so reinforced by this revelation.

I was awed by Rebekah's immediate agreement to go with this man to meet her husband. While I'm sure it was customary, it still must have been a bit terrifying to leave that zone of comfort to live a life surrounded by strangers. What amazing faith!

Christina said...

Elisa-
Make sure you let us know how everything works out for you on Thursday. I have been praying for you. :-)

Anonymous said...

Christina...thank you so much for your prayers!
elisa

DA Wagners said...

I've known great couples that have seemingly strong marriages, but then I come to find out they're getting a divorce. It's frustrating because it seems to come out of nowhere, and I wonder, "Where were the warning signs?" I just pray that in my marriage and all areas of my life (Christian, mother, teacher, daughter, sister and friend) that if I am having trouble or am not happy that I will humble myself and seek help and information.I want to have the willingness that Rebekah had to just say "I will go." I will go to counseling; I will go apologize; I will go seek advice; I will go humble myself and expose the fact that, no, I don't know everything. In fact, I know very little, and I do need help from time to time. Rebekah was willing to go far out of her comfort zone to do what she felt that needed to be done for her marriage. I want to be like that.

Anonymous said...

Wow Alisa--those are great words. I'm so taken that I don't know remember what I was going to write.Marriage is a beautiful joining that God ordains.when I look at this story I am reminded that God does bring soul mates together. He has done that for me as well. I see it in all my good friends who are married. They just fit so perfectly together. I agree with Janel, it is alot of work and people are selfish. I know I am so guilty of being selfish with my husband. I want to train myself to be a giver to him.
JenKeller