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Genesis 24:52-26:16

Applications for living from Today’s Old Testament Reading.

I believe, no, I know that everything in the Bible has meaning for us today. Most
Christians concentrate on the New Testament, and we should; however, few fail to see how the Old relates to the New except for pointing to the New Covenant by way of Jesus Christ through prophecies. But when we look close there are principals and patterns of “righteous” living to be gleaned from the lives of the Old Testament saints.

Abraham’s servant was on a mission, a divine mission. He had found what he was looking for and when he was ready to return home, he met with this attitude,

But Rebekah's brother and her mother replied, "Let the girl stay with us a few more days, perhaps ten. Then she can go." (Genesis 24:55 NET.)

When we are on an assignment from God, finish your assignment. Don’t delay no matter how wonderful the hospitality. While you are on assignment, you may meet someone who you know beyond a shadow of a doubt is suppose to be a part of your ministry. Never, never, never use manipulation to get them involved. Ask them what do they think their purpose is in your ministry and accept their answer even if it is, “No.” Abraham’s servant waited for Rebekah’s family to ask her if she wanted to go with him knowing that where she was going would lead to marriage with a man she did not know, her answer, “Yes.” God’s does not let a person bucking against His will stop His show. God is in the business of resurrecting dead things, dead hopes and dead dreams, as well as dead folk.

In reading about Ishmaels descendants, the twelve prince’s who produced 12 tribes, I realized from a distance, looking from afar, we can mistake the prosperity of the “flesh” as something blessed by God. Though it was promised by God that Ishmaels’ descendents would be many as they were off-spring of Abraham, someone could mistake the prosperity, the multitude of their numbers as a Blessing from God. Things born out of fleshly desires, our Ishmaels, can give the appearance of prosperity because of the abundance of leaves; however, we must check out the “fruit.” Fruit inspection is a process that needs time, possibly years, depending on the type of tree to get a definitive answer. Is it from God or is it a work of the flesh? Careful discernment is necessary. Patience allows us to discover the edibility of the fruit of something that appears to be righteous but isn’t.

God loves to give tests (Genesis 26). But unlike our teachers on the earth, God knows how we will do. The test is not for Him but for us. Are we the people we think we are? Is are character and integrity really at the level we think it is? Isaac took the same test his dad took, what to do when famine comes. Do you do the same thing that dad did when he faced this challenge, “Pimp your wife.”

There are things, behaviors, ways of thinking, attitudes that are generational. Some of the things we accept and take hold of are of no consequence but others as deadly and sinful. The challenge to each generational is to identify that behavior, that way of thought that is ungodly and change in the face of family pressure to keep the status quo.

Also in this twenty-six chapter, we see a story about water rights. The Philistines are jealous of Isaiah because of his abundance of crops; a product of God’s Blessings so they try to block what they think is the source of that blessing, water. Jesus once stopped off at a well and spoke to a woman about “Living Water” (John 4:7-14). In a hot dry land you can get away with not having food for a while, but it only takes a couple of hours to die of thirst in a hot desert.

I saw a principal for living in this battle over water. First, the well belonged to his father. Neither Isaac nor his servants had dug the well that had been taken over by the Philistines and been filled with dirt. Isaac had invested nothing in this well; however, he had an expectation of benefit. Looking at this well as a type of Christ, I see that whatever my parents and ancestors relationship was with the “well” others will give me no credit for it and possibly fill that relationship with dirt and stone and keep me out of the place where I want to fellowship. The only thing to do is to dig my own well and develop my own personal relationship with the well that holds “Living Water.

Just some ramblings from a fellow traveler and stranger on the earth, a place that is not my home,

Grace and peace,

I love your vision and your ramblings, Ramona! Keep on with it! :-)

Comments and QOTD: Pertaining to the cost of Jesus: There is a cost to following Jesus-it cost Him His life to give us the luxury in following and having life. Yes, I believe it is worth the cost-I couldn't imagine my life without Him=I would be lost and dead. Now we have Hope. If its our life then it's our life- I know it's scary but we are told we are not our own, in Him we are a new creation-to be in the world but not of the world. I believe there is good health when you stay under the wings of the Almighty. The benefits far outweigh costs of following Jesus.

Gen 24:52-26:16
Obviously, Abraham's servant has been blessed by the Lord giving him favor in finding a close relative, family for Isaac & Rebekah's arrainged marriage. It was neat how her family gave her verbal blessings indeed saying, "she will be the mother of millions."

In Ch 25 it talks of Abraham remarrying and having -or this being considered a concubine and having more children-but these did "not" share in the inheritance with Isaac. Also, Abraham must have reunited and brought Ishmael closer to him after Sarah died and before he did because it states "Ishmael & Isaac buried him" and placed him in the cave at Machpelah, with Sarah.

Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah-I assume or read somewhere that she was around 20 years old when married-a young(er) bride. She couldn't conceive for 20 years-and then God opened her womb and she had twins.

And then the cunning of Jacob is witnessed when he will only give stew to Esau if he gives his birthright away. The sad thing is he does willingly and just doesn't care about it like Jacob does. Things like that are unimportant to Esau.

And both parents, Isaac and Rebekah, and to me this is wrong-they showed favoritism which is never good-causes both to have an axe to grind growing up trying to one-up each other the rest of their life. Parents should never show favoritism-to any but love equally.

Matthew 8:18-34
This section is very intriquing-first Jesus' disciploes are professing their committment to Jesus stating "they will go where Jesus goes." and by end of section when Jesus arrives in Gaderenes and cast out demons from 2 possessed men, the town terrified and "begged them to leave." sometimes the unfamiliar can be scary to us no matter how intriqued or blessed and thankfull we may be for others..if we are scared..our opinions can change pretty quickly.

Psalm 10:1-15

the helpless put their trust in you. You defend the orphans. Growing up my mom kept me in the Word and she had always told me orphans and widows God had a special place in His heart for. In this verse, I can see that-brings much comfort.

Proverbs 3:7-8
It says in the Bible "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" Prov 1:7, Theses verses back it up-along with good health and strength,

Be blessed!

Genesis 24, 25, 26

I certainly relate to this inheritance business. Abraham with all his descendants had a conundrum of who gets what. My wife and I are trying to figure out who gets what. The Jacob and Esau story is so real today too. Deception, jealousy, and entitlement are just a few factors that people deal with and what’s the answer? As far as I can see, it’s too big of a challenge and I have to trust God with it. Last year I was 2 weeks away from selling my business and retiring. I thought that was God’s plan. Covid put a stop to that. I have faith God has better plans. Yahoo!

Mathew 8

When I think of the notion of following Jesus I have to face a similar sort of incredulity and fear as those 1st disciples. Rather than focusing on the hardships, suffering and even death, I think I need to more importantly wonder about the point that Jesus makes in 8:22, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” What is he really saying about who is really dead and who is really alive? Jesus gives us an opportunity to join him in the Epic journey. I have found there are battles, and adventure and something beautiful to rescue when I follow him.

Psalm 10

Mike, I like your reference to Nietzsche, “God is dead”. Reminded me of the true story of Lee Strobel in the movie, A Case for Christ, on Netflix and the trailer on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch/rhe8KhSxWGo

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