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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

An Act of Faith Genesis 24:1-49

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This chapter is the longest chapter in the book of Genesis and consists of 67 verses. Abraham was getting up there in years and didn't know how many years he had left. Knowing that Father Yahweh had promised him that his descendants would be a multitude of nations, and knowing that his son Isaac was fast approaching 40 years of age, he wanted to make sure God had the ability to work through his son Isaac.

Abraham was concerned with whom Isaac took a wife. This is because he was surrounded by Hittites which are a Canaanite tribe that were not of his blood line. There is an ongoing claim by most churches today that claim he was not to take a wife of the Canaanites because they were heathens. This is not the case because the entire blood line of Abraham had been recorded from Adam to Abraham to prove the purity of his blood line. Otherwise it would become frivolous information that really would not be worthy of being in the bible. There is no place in the bible where it says that people of other races become the same blood line of Abraham if they marry a member of Abraham's bloodline or because they believe in the God of Abraham.

Because it was a high priority to keep Isaac's blood line pure Abraham tasked his servant (which was probably Eliezer of Gen 15:2) to return to Abraham's land, which is Ur of Chaldea to find a wife (meaning a woman and not a significant other) of his own blood line. Abraham and Isaac lived in Hebron at that time.

If Isaac would have taken a wife from the Hittite's which was a Canaanite tribe, then this action would have had the same results of what happened when Esau took two Hittite women to be his wives in Genesis 26:34-35. The end result of Esau's action of corrupting his blood line created bad results for everyone because he: created a new Canaanite tribe called Edomites, made him fall out of favor with Father Yahweh, became a problem with Isaac and Rebekah, and forced him to forfeit his birthright to his brother Jacob, but more on that later.

Abraham's servant swore to Abraham that he would not get a Canaanite woman as he went to the land of Nahor. He also promised not to bring Isaac with him. This is because Canaan land was where he was to stay. After all Abraham almost lost his wife Sarah to the pharaoh of Egypt when he went there in Genesis 12.

When the servant arrived with his party back in Abraham's native land, he prayed a prayer. He asked the Father to supply him with a woman that was willing to give him and his camels a drink as a sign. Before he was done praying there was a woman there that was willing to give him and his camels a drink standing before him. After speaking to her and her family it was determined that she was the granddaughter of Nahor which was Abraham's brother and was of Abraham's blood line.

This was an act of faith that was played out by Abraham's servant. There were many different things that would have gone wrong. This could only be described as being a miracle directly from the Father. Some of the different things to consider in the scope of this chapter are as follows:
Would Abraham's servant be faithful to the task?
Would a suitable fair woman be found for Isaac? V15-16
Would Rebekah's family support her marriage to Isaac?
Would Rebekah actually marry Isaac?
How would God's will be known to the servant of Abraham?
Would Isaac and his new wife have a son to continue the Abrahamic covenant?

This entire story was repeated a second time in this chapter when Abraham's servant told Rebekah's family of the entire account. This shows that the entire process of finding Rebekah was from the Lord and could not be refuted. This was also an act of faith as the servant was able to distinguish the will of the Father for his life!

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