January 7, 2007
Thought for the day:
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- And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
- And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
- And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
- Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
- And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
- And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
- And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
- And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
- And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
- And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
- And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
- And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
- And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
- And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
- And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
- And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
- That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
- And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
- So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.
- And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor;
- Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram,
- And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.
- And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother.
- And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah
- And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah.
- And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
- And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying,
- I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.
- And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,
- Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.
- And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.
- And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,
- That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you.
- And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying,
- Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead.
- And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.
- And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.
- And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,
- My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.
- And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.
- And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure
- Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.
- And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan.
- And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.
- And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
- And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
- And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
- But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
- And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?
- And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.
- The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
- And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
- And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
- And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
- And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.
- And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.
- Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
- And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.
- And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
- And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
- And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.
- And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
- And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.
- And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
- And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.
- And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;
- And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in?
- And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.
- She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.
- And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.
- And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.
- And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.
- And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.
- And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.
- And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.
- And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him.
- And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
- And he said, I am Abraham's servant.
- And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.
- And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath.
- And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:
- But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.
- And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.
- And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house:
- Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.
- And I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:
- Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;
- And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom the LORD hath appointed out for my master's son.
- And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.
- And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.
- And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
- And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son.
- And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.
- Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.
- Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.
- And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
- And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
- And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.
- And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.
- And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.
- And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
- And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.
- And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.
- And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
- And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
- And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.
- And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
- And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
- For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.
- And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
- And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
Thought for the day:
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Genesis 24 we have the story of Abraham's search for a bride for Isaac. Abraham does not wish his son to inter-marry with the Canaanites, so he sends his servant back to his homeland and kindred to find a suitable wife for his son of promise. Of course, when the servant arrives, he has no idea where to go or what to look for, so he does exactly the right thing - he prays. He is very specific in his prayer, asking the Lord to make it perfectly clear as to which girl he is to approach. Immediately
(verse 15) Rebekah comes to the well, and does exactly the thing which the servant has requested of the Lord. The servant realizes the hand of God, but to be certain, he approaches the woman to enquire of her family. When he finds that she is a member of Abraham's family, he praises God for His answered prayer and Divine direction. He then makes an important statement in
" I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren."
There are three principles here which we need to learn. The first is to seek God's face in every decision. We should never wander blindly, hoping to "get lucky", when the God of the universe has told us to
"Call until me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not" (
Second, it is wise to check the "results" with what you know to be correct. The servant knew that this woman had done what he had asked of God, yet he also knew that he was to bring back someone from Abraham's kindred. Had this woman watered the camels, yet not been from Abraham's family, she would not have been suitable. This is important, because many times Christians pray for things, and when these things happen, they assume that God is in it when in fact the decisions they are making are wrong. By way of illustration, I have known several Christian young ladies who prayed that God would send them a husband. And sure enough, along came a young man that was interested in them. The problem was that he was unsaved, but the girl rationalizes that this must be OK because "God answered my prayer." The third principle is to always be in the place where God wants you to be. The servant states that he was "in the way." In other words, he was doing everything the way he was supposed to, and was being obedient to everything that he knew. When we are obedient to the light that we have, God gives us more light. If we are disobedient to what we already know, God is under no obligation to show us anything else.
We all have many decisions that we have to make throughout our lives. If we apply the principles used by Abraham's servant, we will know the leading of the Lord.