When I read through this passage for the first time, something stuck out to me very strongly. I won’t get to preach on this so I want to make sure I point it out here. It comes from chapter 24, when Abraham sends a servant back to his family to find a wife for Isaac. The thought has nothing to do with Abraham or Isaac or Rebekah, or the fact that Isaac married his cousin (weird right….).
It has everything to do with Abraham’s unnamed servant. This guy has a whole chapter in Genesis dedicated to his story, yet we never get to know his name, his age, who his family was or what happened in the rest of his life. And yet, we find in this unnamed servant an incredible picture of faith. He prays to God (Genesis 24:12-14), he acts immediately when that prayer appears to be answered (24:17-25), he immediately worships God for the answered prayer (24:26-27) and then he MUST tell his story of faith to Laban, even before he eats! (24:33-49).
I was blown away by this guy, his faith, his passion and his incredible desire to tell Laban the entire story of how God acted to answer his prayer. He speaks boldly about God and God’s hand in the situation. We have no indication that Laban has any idea who God is, yet this man’s passionate story moves Laban to believe the servant and believe that God was indeed acting in this situation. What a great story.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 25-26