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Genesis Bible Background

01.09.2018 – Old Testament: Gen 24.5–8

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 23–24 on January 9, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

It was time to get a wife for Isaac. Abraham summoned his servant and instructed him on what to do concerning a wife for Isaac. When the servant brought up the possibility that the woman might not want to come, the servant wanted to know whether he should take Isaac to the land of that woman,

And the servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?” But Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there. The LORD God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. And if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be released from this oath; only do not take my son back there” (Genesis 24.5–8).

The angel would make sure that the servant arrived at the place of Abraham’s family and the angel would bring the servant into contact with a certain woman. However, if she did not desire to go, the servant would be free from the oath.

Jesus told us not to let man put asunder what God has joined together, and Solomon said that a wife is from the Lord. This incident in the life of Abraham and Isaac shows the Lord at work to bring two people together for marriage.


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  • Do you see God at work in the lives of others?

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