Day 26 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days
Genesis 24 – Abraham was getting very advanced in years and decided to have a chat with his chief servant over the household and ask him to make an oath. For some reason, he asked the servant to place his hand under Abraham’s thigh in order to make this oath. I do not understand this part at all. Kind of weird. In my opinion, your word is your word no matter where you place your hand. Just sayin’. Which makes me think of people who place their hand on the Bible in court. People lie all the time. To do so with your hand on the Bible or not, what difference does that make? Lying is lying, with or without the Bible. Honestly. I’ve never fully understood this concept. And what about the atheists? Do they place their hand on the Bible in court? What difference does that make? Please do not misunderstand. I mean no disrespect to the Bible nor God nor the courts. Just something I ponder.
Anyway, on with today’s study.
Abraham asked the servant to return to his home country to find Isaac a wife from among his own relatives (there was a lot of marriage and offspring within the same family in those days) and made the servant promise to not get a wife from among the Canaanites, which is where they were currently living. The servant suggested to take Isaac with him but Abraham said Isaac must stay here (remembering his oath with God), to go himself and bring the wife back.
The servant traveled there with several of Abraham’s camels. It was nearly evening and time for women to draw water. The servant prayed for God to help him help Abraham, saying “May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’–let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” The servant asked if he could have a bit of water from her jar and Rebekah (granddaughter of Abraham’s brother) allowed him and then offered to water his camels, as well. He spoke with Rebekah’s father telling him of what he was sent there to do and how God had helped them. Rebekah agreed to go back with the servant and marry Isaac with her family’s blessing as it was God’s will. They returned and she met Isaac and then the servant explained all that had happened. Isaac married Rebekah. He loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.