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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Genesis 24:42-58

Relax, Read and Reflect
Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
42 "When I came to the spring today, I said, 'O LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant success to the journey on which I have come. 43 See, I am standing beside this spring; if a maiden comes out to draw water and I say to her, "Please let me drink a little water from your jar," 44 and if she says to me, "Drink, and I'll draw water for your camels too," let her be the one the LORD has chosen for my master's son.'
45 "Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, 'Please give me a drink.'
46 "She quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and said, 'Drink, and I'll water your camels too.' So I drank, and she watered the camels also.
47 "I asked her, 'Whose daughter are you?' "She said, 'The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milcah bore to him.' "Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms, 48 and I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master's brother for his son. 49 Now if you will show kindness and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so I may know which way to turn."
50 Laban and Bethuel answered, "This is from the LORD; we can say nothing to you one way or the other. 51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has directed."
52 When Abraham's servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the LORD. 53 Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts to her brother and to her mother. 54 Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night there. When they got up the next morning, he said, "Send me on my way to my master."
55 But her brother and her mother replied, "Let the girl remain with us ten days or so; then you [
a] may go."
56 But he said to them, "Do not detain me, now that the LORD has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master."
57 Then they said, "Let's call the girl and ask her about it." 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, "Will you go with this man?" "I will go," she said.
This is a little longer passage than I normally use, but it all flows. There are several things in today’s reading a need to point out.
Abraham’s servant speaks openly about how he prayed to God, and how he worshiped God after he met Rebekah. Many times we are in a similar situation, but instead of telling the world how we ask for God’s assistance, we try to distance ourselves from God. I do not know if it is because we are scared or embarrassed, but either way we do not do God justice. Do not feel ashamed to admit that you are religious, but admit openly that God does great things in our lives.
Rebekah is betrothed to Isaac. Her mother wants her to stay at home for a while to have a smoother transition. Abraham’s servant knows she needs to come with him now. God is calling her, and her response is the one we need to make. When God calls, say "I will go."
Prayer- Lord-Give me the strength to follow you no matter where I am or whom I am with. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do-Read Genesis 24:59-67

1 Comments:

Blogger Chad Mc said...

Steve, you hit a little close to home on this one. This is somthing I still stuggle with, sharing my religious beleifs with others. But I do think I am getting stronger and better at it.

Sorry to hear about the guys Chrysalis flight being cancled, I was looking forward to it too. But hey, after all these years of no Chrysalis for guy, that means when we do finally get one, it will be the biggest one yet. I know it will happen.

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