Read 13.) Genesis 24:1 thru 25:18. The Kingdom is God’s purpose and goal, says Revelation 21:1-22:5. Beginning with Genesis 3:15, Messiah is His plan and program, the means by which He will attain His goal. In order to do so, He sovereignly arranges things in such a way, so as to bring Messiah into the world. He would begin with one man, and so, He chose Abram in Genesis 12; which was The First Step in His Plan. With the day 11 reading, we learned of Step 2. Since Abram did not have any children, God miraculously gave him a ‘son of promise’ in Isaac, in Genesis 21. What is necessary now, in order to further His program, God must see to it that Isaac gets a wife. And, so, with today’s reading, we learn of Step 3 in God’s plan; Isaac is given a wife. All this is to ultimately result in the fulfillment of the first of The 7 Promises and Prophecies God states. We’ve read of the first 4 of these in Genesis chapters 12 thru 15; those being land, descendants, Messiah, and their enslavement and deliverance. Three more are to come.
Chapter 24 is rich. Abraham recounts God’s promises to his servant with verse 7, and also appreciates the role this ‘Angel of the Lord’ plays in God’s plan. Abraham’s servant is quite aware of God’s kindness and faithfulness to Abraham, which prompts him to pray directly to Him for good success, and from out of his heart, not speaking a word; a prayer God answers before he is even finished! All this is found in verses 12-15, and 27, and recounted in verses 39-49. Since camels can easily drink up as much as 20 gallons of water when thirsty, and Rebekah’s jar could hold no more than 4 or 5 gallons, she must have gone back to that well as many as maybe even 50 times, and it would have taken considerable time to do so. It’s no wonder the servant prayed to employ such a test. What girl would have responded so? See, too, how that the family blessing upon Rebekah, in verse 60, corresponded with God’s promises to give to Isaac, through this woman, many descendants and a land for them to live in!
Our reading closes with 25:1-18. Our hero in the faith, Abraham, goes ‘home’ at the age of 175, and is buried in the cave where he placed Sarah in chapter 23, some 38 years before; and, verse 11 then states how that God will now be especially with Abraham’s son; and, so, God’s promises to Abraham pass to Isaac. Our last passage, verses 12 thru 18, tells us of what became of Abraham’s older son, Ishmael, who is recorded here as having 12 sons, in fulfillment of what God told Hagar and Abraham in Genesis 16:10-12, and 17:18-20. Since Ishmael was 1/2 Egyptian, and was given an Egyptian wife, this passage recounts for us the origin of the Semitic Arabic peoples of the Middle-East today. Step 3 in The Plan of God has found fulfillment in 24:67. Isaac has taken Rebekah to be his wife. All this, to bring Messiah into the world for us. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell