Genesis

Lesson 24 w/AnswersGenesis Chapters 24 and 25

In this lesson, we examine Abraham’s role as matchmaker, as well as observe the faithfulness of both Isaac and Rebekah in following God’s will for their lives. As Abraham’s life comes to a close, the Bible tells us that "the LORD had blessed him in every way". What a testimony this is for Abraham and his walk with God!

Beginnings

After Isaac and Rebekah’s marriage, the narrative will move to the birth of their twin sons and the various relationships that exist in the new family. As we observe the different skills, qualities, and behaviors that these twins exhibit, perhaps we will recognize dynamics similar to those that exist in our own families, or in families we know.

Our study continues then, as we watch God continue His plan of redemption through the seed of Abraham and his offspring: through Isaac, then Jacob, and finally Joseph.

Read Genesis Chapters 24 and 25 and consider the following:

  1. As Abraham grew old, where was he living. and how had it affected his walk with God? (see Gen. 24:1-4)
    1. ANSWER: He was living among the Canaanites; however, it did not affect his walk with God. In fact, we note from the opening verses that "the LORD had blessed him in every way". This is an important lesson for all of us: We are placed in a lost and dying world as witnesses. In spite of our surroundings, there is no reason or excuse for our faith to weaken, or for our walk with God to cease. Moreover, it should be the very reason that we have a stronger walk God — so that He is glorified in how we carry out our lives in the midst of the lost.
  2. Clearly Abraham did not want Isaac to be influenced by a foreign (Canaanite) wife, so he gave his servant Eliezer specific instructions regarding where to go and who to seek out as a source for Isaac’s wife. He wanted his servant to go to Abraham’s own country; and once he got there, he was to seek out an appropriate source for the bride. Why was this important?
    1. ANSWER: Isaac’s bride was to come from Abraham’s own relatives. Abraham wanted to ensure that he understood the lineage and culture of those who would supply his son’s wife. He was not going to trust this to strangers, since he understood that his descendants would come from this marriage.
  3. When Abraham’s servant asked what to do if the woman would not come back with him, what was Abraham’s response, and what does it show us about Abraham’s relationship with God? (see Gen. 24:5-9)
    1. ANSWER 1: Abraham made sure that the servant understood that the woman was not to be forced to return with him. He also made sure the servant understood that he was not to take Isaac back with him.
    2. ANSWER 2: This demonstrates Abraham’s faith that God would fulfill his promises and provide descendants for Abraham. Abraham knew that God would choose the right wife for Isaac if Abraham would allow him to. Abraham’s instructions to his servant indicates to us that he intended to allow God to take the lead, and he wanted the servant to strictly follow that lead. The servant was not to do anything that would interfere with God’s will in this matter.
  4. Was Abraham’s servant, the one that he sent to find a wife for Isaac, a follower of God as well, or just a faithful servant? (see Gen. 24:10-14)
    1. ANSWER: We can see that he was a follower of God from his faithfulness in prayer, and from his request for a sign from God that would indicate without a doubt that he had found the woman that God intended for Isaac’s wife.
  5. As the servant is finishing his prayer God, answers it. Following his encounter with Rebekah, what does the servant do next? (see Gen. 24:15-27)
    1. ANSWER: Realizing that Rebekah is indeed the woman that God wanted him to find and take back to Isaac, he bows down and worships God right then and there.
  6. The servant’s response to God answering of his prayer is witnessed by Rebekah. What does she do, and how does her family react? What does this tell us about the importance of our own testimony when we are in a strange place or with people we do not know? (see Gen. 24:28-31)
    1. ANSWER 1: Rebekah sees the servant praising God for answering his prayer and realizes that she is the one whom he has come for. She reports back to her family that a follower of God, working for a relative, Abraham, was led to this place by God. We can see that her brother realized the significance of this by his statement to the servant: "you who are blessed by the LORD".
    2. ANSWER 2: Without meaning to, the servant’s prayers, worship, and praise were a testimony to the family of Rebekah that he indeed was a follower of God and was seeking only to do the will of God. This shows us that even when we don’t think that people are noticing our actions, the actions that we display speak volumes to those around us; and potentially to others who are not even present at the time.
  7. How is Rebekah related to Abraham? (see Gen. 24:46-48)
    1. ANSWER: Through the servant’s retelling of the story of how God led him to this place and to Rebekah specifically, we learn how Rebekah is related to Abraham. She is the granddaughter of Abraham’s brother, Nahor.
  8. How do Laban and Bethuel react to the servant’s story and his request that Rebekah travel back with him to marry Isaac? (see Gen. 24:49-54)
    1. ANSWER: They realize immediately that God’s hand must be in this, and they cannot refuse the servant’s request. The servant then celebrates his success by giving Rebekah and the family the gifts that Abraham has sent; and together the men celebrate into the evening.
  9. The servant, his men, Rebekah, and her nurse return to the land where Abraham and Isaac are living. Then one evening, Rebekah sees Isaac in a field. Why was Isaac in the field on that particular evening? (see Gen. 24:55-65)
    1. ANSWER: Isaac had gone to the field to meditate. Perhaps he was reflecting on who God would bring back to be his wife, or perhaps he was still in mourning over the death of his mother.
  10. Isaac marries Rebekah. How old was Isaac when he married Rebekah? (see Gen. 24:66-67, 25:19-20)
    1. ANSWER: Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah.
  11. Rebekah was barren when she married Isaac, and he prayed to the LORD for her. How long did he pray for her before God granted them children? (see Gen. 25:21 and 25:22-26)
    1. ANSWER: As we noted above, Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah. He was sixty years old when she gave birth to the twins. This means that Isaac prayed for twenty years before Rebekah became pregnant with the twins, Jacob and Esau.
  12. After Sarah’s death and a period of mourning by Abraham, did he remarry? Did he have any other offspring besides Ishmael and Isaac? (see Gen. 25:1-4)
    1. ANSWER: Yes; he married Keturah and had several more children.
  13. When Abraham died at the age of one hundred seventy-five, how did he structure his estate between Ishmael, Isaac and the children that he had with Keturah? (see Gen. 25:5-10)
    1. ANSWER: Although Abraham gave gifts to the sons of his concubines, he basically gave everything that he had to Isaac. He was buried in the same cave where Sarah was buried. As we see today when estranged members of a family come together during times of loss or tragedy, we observe Ishmael’s return as he helps Isaac bury their father.
  14. Following Abraham’s death, Isaac lives in Beer Lahoi Roi, between his family and that of Ishmael. What is their relationship like? (see Gen. 25:11-18)
    1. ANSWER: We are told that Ishmael’s descendants "lived in hostility toward all their brothers".

In our next lesson, we pick up the narrative with the birth of Isaac’s twin boys. We continue to see that God has a perfect plan, and he is allowing us to watch it unfold from one generation to the next. As Abraham passes from the scene, Isaac and his descendants begin to take their place in the line of Abraham’s seed.

Thanks for studying with us! Have a great week.

In Christ,

Wes

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