Monday, January 06, 2020

2020.01.06 Hopewell @Home ▫ Genesis 24:29-58

Questions from the Scripture text: Who comes to the well at what speed in Genesis 24:29? What does he see that makes him go to the man (Genesis 24:30)? What does he hear? So how does he greet Abraham’s servant in Genesis 24:31? When the servant has accepted the invitation, and food is set in front of him, why won’t he eat (Genesis 24:33)? How does he identify himself (Genesis 24:34)? How does he summarize Abraham’s life so far (Genesis 24:35)? What particular event does he especially highlight in Genesis 24:36? What has Isaac been given? What verses and event does the servant summarize in Genesis 24:37-41? What verses and event does the servant summarize in Genesis 24:42-48? What is the big question that he puts to them in Genesis 24:49? Who answer in Genesis 24:50? From where do they say that the thing comes? What do they say that they cannot do? What official answer do they give in Genesis 24:51? How AND TO WHOM does the servant respond in Genesis 24:52? What does the servant bring out now in Genesis 24:53? For whom? To whom does he also send gifts? What does he say in the morning (Genesis 24:54)? What request is made by whom in Genesis 24:55? How does the servant respond in Genesis 24:56? Whom do they propose asking in Genesis 24:57? How does she answer (Genesis 24:58)?

Again in Genesis 24:52, we find Abraham’s servant bowed to the ground in worship. Again, he has seen that the Lord has prospered his journey, and again we have the opportunity to consider what is that blessing that he has observed, that has brought him to this conclusion. What is that kind of family leadership that God commends to us as a blessing through Abraham’s servant's grateful praise?

First, we see Communication. Rebekah gives a report to her family. The family as a whole operates well as a unit. They even get it straight from Rebekah’s mouth what she thinks of going off immediately in Genesis 24:57-58.

Second, we see Consideration. Clod that Laban is, with great big dollar signs in his eyes, the family still has a great consideration for Rebekah’s comfort and joy. And not just for her comfort and joy—also for her willingness. When it comes time to send her away, they will send with her a company of women to be her helpers and edifying companions. There is a profound consideration for their daughter and sister’s needs, both physical and spiritual.

Finally, we see Consecration. All of life as holy because it is a gift from God. All of life as holy because it is an assignment for God. Laban understands the way to the servant’s heart. “Come in, O blessed of Yahweh,” he says. “The thing is from Yahweh,” he says. Now, this may not have been authentically true of Laban, but at least he knows that it should be. Abraham’s servant is the real deal, falling down on his face (again!) in worship.

Indeed, it is exactly because life is consecrated unto God that we desire to communicate well and show consideration well. God grant that we would live as those consecrated unto Him!
Which relationships of yours need improved communication and consideration?
How can you aim at and prepare for these by way of daily and weekly consecration?
Suggested Songs: ARP45B “Daughter, Incline Your Ear” or TPH128B “Blest the Man That Fears Jehovah”

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