Summary of passage: Abraham had his servant swear not to get a wife for Isaac from the Canaanites but from his country and his relatives. Abraham said not to take Isaac back to his fatherland and that God would send an angel before him to find the wife.
3a) In every way. God will make his descendants as numerous as the stars. They will take possession of the cities and all nations will be bless because of Abraham. (Genesis 22:16-18)
b) From Psalm: Blessed are those who take refuge in Him (Psalm 2:12). Blessed is the man who does not walk with in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. Blessed are those who delight in the Lord and who meditates on the law.
Psalm 37: They will inherit the land; He makes his steps firm; man will not fall for the Lord upholds him in His hand.
Malachi: God throws open the floodgates of blessings when the tithe is brought.
Ephesians: Blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
c) Personal Question. My answer: With my sweet babies and my husband being home for a stretch of time. With my band. With my friend whom I saw a movie with. With job opportunities. Maybe for a way for me to do something outside the home. Options for schools. Nice park weather. Food, clothing, shelter. My dog. Many more.
4a) By directing his children (Isaac) to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just so that the Lord will bring about what He has promised to Abraham. By getting a wife not of foreign birth who would know the One, True God.
b) Finding one from the Canaanites because of they were pagan worshippers. And having Isaac go back to the “home” country from where Abraham came from. Isaac had to stay to fulfill God’s desires for man.
c) Our number one priority is to raise our children to know the Lord. He must be first in their lives. We must raise them to follow God’s laws and not the ways and laws of the world. They must strive to be more like Jesus every day of their lives and to do what he would do.
5) He makes sure his son has the right wife pleasing to God. He keeps his son in the Promised Land so he and his descendants can inherit it. He shows his servant that the Lord will guide him in his quest.
Conclusions: Surprisingly, I did like 3c. It’s always good to remember our blessings because so often we forget them in the humdrum of life. It was a good exercise to write them down so we do realize we are incredibly blessed even when we don’t feel blessed at all.
The blessings God has for us are innumerable and it would behoove us to remember that (me at least).
Great reminders on responsibilities we have as parents to raise our kids right. This goal can easily get lost in the day-to-day caretakings of our children whose needs are immediate. Great prayer to start the day with!