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BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 15, Day 5: Genesis 24:52-67

Summary Genesis 25:52-67:

The servant showered the entire family with precious and costly gifts for the dowry. The next morning Laban and Bethuel tried to delay the trip, but they left immediately on Rebekah’s acquiescence. The family blessed Rebekah and sent her on the long journey to Canaan.

Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi. He, whom we can assume had been praying for a wife as well, greets the return party, hears the tale of the servant, and marries Rebekah.

BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 15, Day 5: Genesis 24:52-67

13) The servant wants to hurry back so that his task can be completed and so that God’s will to make Abraham’s descendants into a great nation can be fulfilled. Rebekah, who will most likely never see her family again, agrees to go right away, knowing this is God’s will, too.

14) Personal Question. My answer: Moving a lot has cost friendships and connections, as well as a lost church family. Truly, in the grand scope of things, God has it, and it all works out in the end.

15) Personal Question. My answer: Isaac obeyed God too in knowing this was the wife He chose for him. God’s timing is not our own, and if we are patient, God does bring great things.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 15, Day 5: Genesis 24:52-67

It’s surprising that they left the decision up to Rebekah whether to leave right away since she’s a woman who in ancient times had no say.

End Notes BSF Study Questions Genesis: Lesson 15, Day 5: Genesis 24:52-67

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After a long journey, most of us just want to get home as soon as possible. The servant knew that Abraham was old and perhaps in ill-health, so he was hoping to get back in time in order for Abraham to know he had succeeded. Rebekah showed remarkable faith and strength to leave the only things she ever knew and to probably never see her family again to follow God’s will.

Rebekah covers herself with a veil as was customary until she was married.

We have been nothing about Isaac since his near death experience at the top of Mount Moriah. (Genesis 22:19) Presumably, he was growing strong in the Lord.

Here, in Isaac and Rebekah, we can see this as a picture of Jesus as the bridgroom and us as the people.

  • God chose a wife for his Son (the people)
  • The son died and was resurrected for them
  • A servant, or God’s helper, was the mediator
  • The bride (us) were called and cared for until the wedding day
  • The bride (us) were loved by the bridegroom (Jesus)

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Note that this marriage was an arranged one that God arranged through prayer. Modern-day love is important, but it’s not the end-all, be-all.

Last go-around in BSF’s study of Genesis, we were asked how this passage relates to God, Jesus, and us. Here was my response:  A father desires a bride for his son.  Abraham for Isaac.  God for us.  A son was dead and then raised from the dead.  Isaac and Jesus.  The bride is chosen for marriage before they knew it (Ephesians 1:3-4).  Rebekah and us.  The bride is divinely chosen, called, and then lavished with gifts. (Revelation 19:7-8)  Rebekah and us.  She is entrusted to the care of the servant before she meets her bridegroom.  Rebekah and us.

Note how God had a plan for Rebekah from the beginning  (Ephesians 1:3-4) for His eternal purpose (Ephesians 3:10-11). She shared in the glory of the son because of her faith (John 17:22-23). She was loved. Just like the church.

Isaac and Jesus were both promised, born from a miracle, sacrificed, resurrected, and prepared a place for the bride for eternity.

Fun fact: Isaac was 40 when he married.

Love came last here, after marriage.

Good read on Bride of Christ HERE

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Tips For BSF Classes Using Zoom

For most of us, Zoom is not our preferred way of meeting for bible study. However, at this point, it’s better than not meeting at all. Thus, rather than complain about the lack of humanness to it all, I thought I’d offer up tips for you all. Feel free to contact me with questions!

TIPS FOR BSF CLASSES MEETING VIA ZOOM

  • Sometimes you should just sit back and listen. Zoom meetings can get congested, especially when it’s hard to tell who’s talking. Sometimes it’s best to just sit back and let others tell their answers.
  • You can hide your face. Many people are self-conscious seeing themselves on the screen. Feel free to hide your face during meetings.
  • Mute yourself when you’re not speaking, especially if you have your kids running around, your dogs are barking, or your teenagers are having a spat in the other room. Not only will you not embarrass yourself this way, but everyone will be able to hear better.
  • Use two screens. I used this tip myself. I have my answers pulled up on one screen, another tab open to the Bible passage, and another tab to Google cool quotes from the Bible I couldn’t quite remember. Then my Zoom meeting was pulled up on my other screen. This enabled a deeper (and an easier) learning for me.
  • Use the chat features to throw in Bible quotes without interrupting.
  • Have fun with it!

While most of us don’t particularly like Zoom, having Bible study over Zoom is better than none at all. Make Zoom your friend, and you’ll learn a lot more about God. Contact me with questions!

 

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What’s New for BSF Study of Book of Genesis for Fall 2020?

One of the positives of the global pandemic is the fact that everyone is now moving online. BSF had already began to move that direction, but you can expect even more exciting changes for this year.

WHAT’S NEW FOR BSF’S STUDY OF THE BOOK OF GENESIS IN THE FALL OF 2020?

  • An app so you can complete your lesson on your phone.
  • A new lesson layout for the school program.
  • Biblical doctrine (or teaching) will be highlighted
  • A Genesis prayer guide will be available for deeper learning
  • Character studies on Noah, Abraham, Jacob & Joseph
  • Giving to BSF via paypal

Read more on BSF’s Blog HERE

Most classes will begin with Zoom meetings, recorded lectures, and online notes and questions until COVID-19 restrictions are loosened.

Can’t wait!