May 30 – Genesis 24:1-9
May 30 – Genesis 24:1-9
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Wonderful Father and Counselor, I absolutely love these verses where we see Abraham being so specific to give You the credit of being THE Lord of all the earth. He was living in an area with so many gods and knew better than most that You are above all others. You are THE God and wanted to be sure his servant understood that as well as the promise the servant was making was being sworn in Your presence as well as in a way that the servant understood the serious nature of the promise he was making.
I love seeing the protective nature of Abraham as a father that he wanted to bring a wife that would be of one mind with Isaac, but he was also being protective over the future generations of his people. This servant had to realize Abraham meant business when he had him swear to his God because the servant must have witnessed many examples of God’s sovereignty as well as the many miracles. I can’t help but think about how many gods we have in our culture today. Maybe we don’t call all of them “gods”, but we certainly act as if they are. The idols we have that we put in place of our love and devotion to You. Most of them are good things, but we get them out of order in significance. Help me to keep You first. I want that, and I say You are first in my life, but my actions don’t always show that to be true. Help me be true to You. You are truly the only thing that deserves my praise. You alone are worthy to be honored. Help me honor You by my actions matching my words. Thank You for loving me when I get things out of order and the gentle reminder that You give in Your word to help me remember You alone are God. Nothing else comes anywhere close. Even good things like church, children, work and play can become a god for us at times giving all our time, attention and money to it. Help me to keep You first in my life.
In Jesus’ name.
What is the significance to the servant putting his hand under Abraham’s thigh when promising to carry out the requested task?
Why did Abraham require the servant to swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth? What was the significance of how he referred to God?
Why do you think it was so important to Abraham where Isaac’s wife came from?
Why was Abraham insistent regarding Isaac not going back to the land from which he came?
Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, 3 that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, 4 but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” 5 The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” 6 Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there. 7 The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8 But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.” 9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.