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Genesis 23-24:51

Some facts:

Isaac is now 37 years old (Sarah had him at 90 -Gen 17:17). Abraham is known as and was called, God’s friend (James 2:23).

I’m going to assume not only did Abraham speak to Sarah about a wife for Isaac, but he also spoke to God as His friend. Friends have this habit of knowing everything about each other. In fact, a friend, a true friend, is someone who knows everything about you and still likes you. More than likely Abraham saw the type of woman that lived in the area and judged them unacceptable. He probably had been talking to God about this state of affairs for a while. And if we remember in our previous readings, we are told that Abraham received news from afar regarding his brother and his brother’s children (Gen 22:20-24). We were set up by God in the previous chapter to here and receive this information about Bethuel and his family just as Abraham was set up to send his servant to look for Rebekah.

It has just came to my mind while typing this out that Abraham may have known that Isaac was to marry Rebekah, by the Word of his friend, God. The entire scenario may have needed to be played out for those involved in God’s set-up, Bethuel’s family and Abraham’s household servant, and more importantly Isaac, and possibly us to show the power of God and that his will comes to pass no matter how hard we oppose Him.. The 10th chapter of 1st Corinthians states that the Old Testament was written to be an example for us (1 Cor 10:5;11) as admonishments and examples.

In regard to prayer. I have come to see prayer as a form of communication with God and it is a two way street. If we take James’ direction to us, we will be quick to hear and slow to speak (James 1:19). As God’s friend, I believe, Abraham was in continual prayer with God, especially after the birth of Isaac, hearing from God and speaking, a little ‘cause by the time of Isaac’s birth and after, Abraham knew that God had all the wisdom and all the answers. I use to sit in on Master Voice classes for Opera singers because my director at work at the time, taught it. I leaned many valuable “spiritual” lessons just from listening to the directions and corrections given to the singers. One Master Teacher, who was clearly a believer, I could tell by the way she taught the singers said this to a young singer who was singing without understanding, or as some musicians call it, “Not Playing/Singing in truth. Her Words:

“Singing Opera is like prayer. It is more about listening than speaking,” She said as I almost fell out of my seat.

I heard a minister talk about the death of her husband from Cancer, which she had been healed from herself, third stage cervical cancer... She talked about struggling with and raging to God, asking God was He still up there?

Her answer was, "I did heal him, but I healed him my way not yours." She called it the "Other Miracle." The Miracle that kept her sane, the miracle that stopped her from blowing her brains out from despair, the miracle that kept her from drowning her sorrow in alcohol and drugs. I've never forgotten the word she delivered and strive to always find the "Other" miracle in things that appear to be tragic. Sometimes we need another perspective, God’s perspective.

God does heal, but He does it His way not ours. Sometimes our way is lined up with His way.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I just noticed that: "Each day's reading contains a highlighted passage to help you focus on a key verse every day."

For example, today's highlight is Matthew 8:11: "And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven."
As Mike explains in his blog for today about this verse: "Jesus is making it clear that heaven will not be just for Jews, but will be made available for all who come to believe in Jesus as Messiah and in his life, his death for the forgiveness of sins, and his resurrection."

Jeff

I believe Jesus still heals today. In fact, I think he heals more then what our media and news really reveals, which is unfortunate.
The story of the centurion reconfirms for me that Jesus not only heals those that are close to him but those who have complete faith in him. I have been healed and continued to be healed daily from the anxiousness of life. A sound mind is what I pray for and the lord's peace. I pray for straight paths. What a blessing each day is.

Hi Jeff,
Do you mean there's a link to what you mentioned about "Each day's reading contains a highlighted passage to help you focus on a key verse every day."? I look over the reading website and Mike's blog but couldn't find it.

Hi everyone,
Yes I do believe Jesus still heals today. Jesus already heals my dread waking up in the morning. Now I look forward to spending 10 minutes in prayer as the first thing after I wake up, and I'm no longer grumpy on Sunday night. What a blessing!

Hi Sarah,
Tyndale House is the publisher. The quote is from their description (see 'Publisher Comments' below) of their "The One Year Bible: New Living Translation" (see description on 'Highlighted Scriptures' below:

Synopses & Reviews
Publisher Comments
The best-selling "One Year Bible," which helps customers read the entire Bible in as little as 15 minutes a day, has been updated in a new look and comes in both portable compact size and full size. "The One Year Bible "divides God's Word into daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs, creating an achievable, unforgettable devotional experience.
Synopsis
"The One Year Bible"

Millions of people have discovered how to read through Gods entire Word using "The One Year Bible." You can too! This best-selling daily reading Bible divides the text into 365 sections, so you can read through the entire Bible in one unforgettable year in as little as 15 minutes a day!

Convenience: No other through the Bible plan presents the entire Bible in such a user-friendly format.

New Living Translation: The living language and precise scholarship of the New Living Translation will help you gain life-changing insights during your daily readings.

Unique Design: Each 15-minute daily reading includes a portion from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. The simple, attractive layout makes it easy to use.

Highlighted Scriptures: Each days reading contains a highlighted passage to help focus on a key verse every day.

Variety of Applications: "The One Year Bible" is ideal for personal devotions and instructional reading. It is also perfect for family Bible reading with children of all ages.

Begin your unforgettable journey today!

Take the first step by reading "The One Year Bible" from cover to cover and see how Gods Word comes alive in your life. You'll never be the same.

Hi Jeff,

I see! Thanks a lot for answering my question (at 2:39AM, wow!).

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