Chapter Two: Isaac’s Unforgettable Love Story
In chapter two we read of Isaac and Rebekah – a great story showing God is in the details. I encourage you to click the link and read the entire story but I’ve included a condensed scripture reflection below- my commentary is in italics.
The story of Isaac and Rebekah begins in Genesis 24 but to help set up this story let’s back up a bit to Genesis 17. Genesis 17:5-6, God promised “to make Abraham exceedingly fruitful and to make nations of him, saying that kings will come forth from him.” Good Lord, can you feel the weight of that promise? Genesis 17:15, God promised Abraham (100 yrs old) that his wife Sarah (90 yrs old) would give birth to a son and (verse 19) they will call him Isaac and God will establish an everlasting covenant with his descendants. In their old age they laughed, wouldn’t you? It’s also important to note that Jesus is a descendant of Isaac – glory to God who keeps His Word! Genesis 21 Isaac was born just as God promised. Genesis 22 God tested Abraham’s faith and asked him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice to God. ★Abraham prepared to do all that the Lord commanded. The ultimate test of faith, how gut-wrentchingly terrifying 😦 Genesis 22:12 an angel of the Lord appeared and said “STOP, do nothing to the lad, God knows you fear Him since you have not spared your son from Him. Thank the Lord! Genesis 22:15 God reaffirmed His promise to Abraham saying that because of his faith and trust to do all God commanded of him, God will indeed multiply his seed as the stars in heaven and the sand on the seashore, and they will be blessed because he obeyed God. I thank God for Abraham’s faithful obedience. Genesis 23 Abraham’s beloved Sarah died at 127. I imagine great sadness befell Abraham and Isaac 😦 This brings us to Genesis 24 – A Bride for Isaac – the story of Isaac and Rebekah. Abraham had been blessed in life, he had experienced a wonderful love with Sarah and all of what God had promised him had come to pass except one thing – a father of nations. He knew that if he was to be the father of nations his son would need a bride and fast! Genesis 24:2 Abraham made his servant swear to go find a wife for Isaac and he placed specific demands on the servant. What a great responsibility to undertake. Genesis 24:5 The servant begins to question his ability to accomplish what Abraham asked of him, saying what-if the woman will not come back with me. I frequently what-if my abilities and think of all the things that could go wrong – I forget God goes before me. Genesis 22:7 Abraham reassured the servant that God would send an angel of the Lord before him but that if the woman will not return then he is free of his oath. Genesis 22:10 The servant sets out on his mission to the place Abraham requested. Genesis 22:12 He prayed to God for success and asked God for specific signs so that he will know which woman God has appointed for Isaac. I’d be praying for God’s help too! Genesis 24:15 Before the servant finished speaking Rebekah, the Lord’s chosen wife for Isaac appeared and the fulfilled all the signs the servant asked for. Genesis 24:26 The servant bowed low and worshipped the Lord. Recaps Chapter one about our priorities – 1st things 1st – worship the Lord. Genesis 24:34 The servant informs Rebekah and her family why he came to them. Genesis 24:50 They accept his mission as God-appointed and send Rebekah home with him. Genesis 24: 62 Isaac was in the feild when Rebekah arrived. Genesis 24:64 Rebekah sees Isaac for the first time. I don’t know if it’s just me but I feel sparks fly here, like love at first sight. Genesis 24:67 Isaac marries Rebekah and loves her, and finds comfort after his mother’s death. One step closer to God’s promise.
Chapter Two focus point – God is in the details.
Margaret Feinberg writes, “Those familiar with the story know that all the what-if’s worked out because a powerful, sovereign God was in control all along. The word sovereign means that God has absolute control over everything, all the details of life – even the circumstances that led to the marriage of Rebekah and Isaac.” Amen!
Then it hits me…though written long before our time, the Bible truly gives us an advantage over many things we face today. When we shift our perspectives to look deeper and apply these stories to our lives, the Bible becomes the timeless, invaluable treasure it was intended to be! In the written account of Isaac and Rebekah we see how God intricately worked through every detail of this story to fit each piece together perfectly. We may not get to see it that way in our own lives but we can trust God’s faithful character and know He is doing the same thing in our lives right now. I find tremendous peace in this. 🙂
Margaret goes on to challenge us to replace all the bad what-if’s with good ones. Instead of saying what-if I don’t get the job, what-if my kids act out at school, what-if I get a bad report at the doctor? She says, “But there are greater what-if questions we can ask ourselves. What if we to chose to trust God with all the details? What if we choose to pray? What if we chose to walk in faith? What if we chose to follow God’s instructions fully and faithfully? What if the same sovereign God who brought Isaac and Rebekah together is still sovereign over our lives today?”
I think you get the point, don’t you?
Let’s answer some questions from what we have reviewed thus far – the below list is a mix of questions from the Bible study and some of my own.
1. How often do you what-if he details of your life?
2. How often do you internalize your worries and what-if’s instead of turning them over to God’s sovereign control?
3.What worry and what-if’s are you facing right now that you can you turn over to God’s sovereign authority? I encourage you to prayerfully consider these with the Lord now.
4. When have you seen God in control of the details in your life? Can you trust Him to work it out for you?
Digging Deeper: read and reflect on Luke 22:39-46. How did Jesus respond to the big what-if before His arrest? Here is my reflection: Jesus was distraught over what was to come and He prayed for God to take this burden (cup) from Him but above all Jesus wanted God’s Will to be done not His own. From this I take two good points, 1. Don’t try to control it but pray about it and 2. Above all the chose to do the Will of God.
Bonus Activity: using BibleGateway.com, spend some time researching other men and women of the Bible, such as Jonah, Mary, Moses, Peter, and Thomas. Make a list of the what-if questions they faced, then dig deep to compare them to the ones you face. Can you take what you learn from them and apply it to your life?
I hope you enjoyed chapter two 🙂 I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love your hear reflections about Isaac and Rebekah’s story, your responses to the questions, and any overall feedback about this chapter review. The goal and purpose of this study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.
God bless you.
Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory