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Exodus 10

The Lord God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he could preform these miraculous signs among them. Generation after generation would tell their sons and grandsons about what the Lord did in Egypt. The miraculous signs give validity to the “I AM” statement given to Moses by God at the burning bush. (Ex.3:14) 
Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh with the word of the Lord, “Let my people go, that they may serve me.” Pharaoh had it in his head that the Hebrews belonged to him; therefore, they are to serve him. Pharaoh could not deny the destruction that had come to Egypt, just as Moses and Aaron had warned him. Now he was being threatened with a swarm of locust that would destroy the remaining crops that were not destroyed in the hailstorm. Under the pleas from Pharaoh’s servants, he told Moses and Aaron that the men could go, but not the women and children. Pharaoh could not loose control. If he could hold on to just a little control of the situation, he could hold on to his pride, but the Lo…

Exodus 9

The Lord commanded Moses to go to Pharaoh and say to him, “Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, ‘Let my people go, that they may serve me.’” Through Moses, the Lord promised to destroy with pestilence, the livestock of the Egyptians but not the livestock of the Hebrews. This seemed to include all farm animals because listed are: horses, donkeys, camels, herds and flocks. It is speculated that anthrax was the pestilence but there is no way of truly knowing; however, the cause was the Lord and that is the point of the text. The Lord also set a definite time, this way, Pharaoh had time to relent before the plague on the Egyptian livestock. The Lord did as he promised, on the next day, and all of the livestock of the Egyptians died but none of the livestock of the sons of Israel died. Pharaoh had people confirm the report; however, this did not change Pharaoh’s heart. The heart of man must be changed before he will change his mind. 
Moses and Aaron, as commanded by the Lord, threw h…

Exodus 8

The second plague came in the form of frogs. Frogs were considered a good thing to the Egyptians but this plague turned what the Egyptians believed to be good into a very bad thing. The frogs in the since of being a plague would have been overwhelming. It is noted that the Egyptian magicians could make frogs come up on the land but only the Lord had the power to remove them. For this reason, Moses and Aaron were called by Pharaoh to entreat the Lord to remove the frogs. This is a crack in Pharaoh’s prideful armor. Pharaoh vowed that he would let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the Lord. It is also noted that Pharaoh used the name Jehovah (LORD). Moses told Pharaoh, name the time and that is when the frogs will be removed. This was so that Pharaoh would know that Jehovah (LORD) is God overall. Pharaoh said, tomorrow. Moses and Aaron cried out to the Lord and he did as they requested. The frogs died and the land became foul. Pharaoh went against his word and did not allow the …

Exodus 7

I have often considered this hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. What does it mean? Pharaoh was as prideful as any man could possibly be. The command of the Lord, “Let my people go,” conflicted with his pride. For Pharaoh to let the sons of Israel go, as the Lord commanded, he would have to admit that he was not sovereign. Pharaoh could not see the God of an enslaved people as being very powerful. God planned to show his sovereignty over all of creation through ten plagues on Egypt. It has been said by many commentators that each plague represents sovereignty over a god in Egypt. 
The Lord commanded the miracle of the staff being changed into a serpent but for Moses to be as God to Pharaoh and Aaron to be as Moses’ prophet, (Ex.7:1,2) it is Moses who commands Aaron, before Pharaoh, to throw down his staff, that it may become a serpent. The serpent was considered a powerful creature in Egypt, for this reason a serpent is represented on Pharaoh’s crown. To control the serpent meant that the Lo…

Exodus 6

God was going to force Pharaoh’s arm in accordance with the will of God. The name Yhvh יְהוָֹה pronounced - Yehovah or Yahveh, which is rendered LORD in English translations was not known to the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was not that they never heard the name because Genesis 15:7, 28:13 would suggest that they did; however, the patriarchs knew God primarily as El-Shaddai (God Almighty). This indicates that the sons of Israel, whom the Lord called, “My people,” was going to be known to the sons of Israel in a knew way than did the patriarchs. Do we not know him in a knew way and by a different name after the incarnation? Do we not now know God as Father and Son and Holy Spirit? (Mt.28:19) The Lord commissioned Moses to tell the sons of Israel, “I AM and I will bring you out of bondage. In fact, the Lord said, “I will,” seven times in vv.6-8. I cannot help but relate this to the seven Metaphorical “I AM” statements of Jesus, record in John’s gospel account. From this poin…

Exodus 5

Moses and Aaron came and spoke the word of the Lord to Pharaoh, which was simply, “Let my people go.” Pharaoh replied, “Who is the Lord.” Pharaoh may have never heard of the Hebrew God but even if he had not, his statement was meant to be defiant of the Hebrew God. Pharaoh refused to let the Hebrews go a three days’ journey into the wilderness and make sacrifice to their God. Moses and Aaron said of the Lord, if we do not obey his command, “He will fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.” However, to exert his authority Pharaoh commanded that the Hebrew workers maintain the quota of brick making without being given straw. (vv.1-10)
“Straw serves as a bonding agent in the brick as it is heated. Without sufficient straw or with poor-quality stubble, the bricks would not form as easily and a higher proportion would fall apart, thus making the quota harder to achieve.” (IVP BBC OT)  The people had to scavenge for stubble. Stubble made a pour substitute. However, the task masters pr…

Exodus 4

So, that the people would believe that God sent Moses, the Lord gave him a miracle to preform with his staff. When he throw it to the ground the staff became a serpent but when he took it up in his hand again, it returned to the form of a staff. (vv.1-5)
The Lord gave him two other miracles to preform. If they did not believe the first miracle then they should believe the second. The second sign was that Moses could make his hand turn white and restore it to its natural color by taking it in and of his clothing at his breast, as if his hand dies and is restored to life. If they do not believe the second sign then Moses had a third sign to preform, which the Lord gave Moses, pouring water, on the ground from the Nile. When Moses did this, the water became blood on the dry ground. (vv.6-9)
Moses either had a speech impediment or was afraid to speak. However, the Lord told Moses that he could give him speech but Moses remained fearful of speaking in front of the people. This angered God bu…

Exodus 3

Moses saw a burning bush on the west side of Mount Horeb. Mount Horeb would be called from this point on the mountain of God because the angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in the midst of the burning bush. Moses had probably seen bushes burning in the desert before but this one caught his attention because it was not being burnt up. The Lord called to Moses from the bush to warn him that he was on holy ground and said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Moses did what every person in the scripture does when he comes face to face with God. Moses hid his face because he feared to look at the face of God. We fear God because he is holy and we are unholy. We all know that we have sinned against the most high God. (vv.1-6)
The Lord tells Moses that he has seen the affliction of his people in Egypt. Recall that when Moses was a young man, he was bothered by the affliction of the Israelites and sought to be their deliverer but was chase…

Exodus 2

A man and woman from the tribe of Levi married, conceived and gave birth to a son. Pharaoh had commanded that every son born a Hebrew was to be cast into the Nile. After three months the woman made small floating vessel for the boy out of papyrus reeds and put it amongst the reeds by the bank of the nile but the boys sister stayed near by. I cannot imagine the horror of the situation. It is a joy for a married couple to have a son. (vv.1-4)
The floating vessel was more like a chest and Pharaoh’s daughter saw it and became curios as to what was in it. She was surprised to find a boy and desired to spare him though he was a Hebrew. His sister who was waiting near by spoke to Pharaoh’s daughter, volunteering to go and get a Hebrew woman to nurse the boy. Once the child was weaned she gave him over to Pharaoh’s daughter who received him as her son. At the adoption, Pharaoh’s daughter name him Moses. It is preferable for a child to remain with his birth parents but if they cannot take care …

Exodus 1

The descendants of Jacob who settled in Egypt were 70 persons. That generation died but their descendants increased greatly, they were fruitful and multiplied. The first command of God, given to the first man and woman: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it.” Gn 1:28a) The land of egypt became filled with the descendants of Israel. (vv1-7)
Joseph and all that he did for Pharaoh and Egypt were forgotten. Pharaoh and the Egyptians feared that Israel might overcome them; therefore, they oppressed them and put them to hard labor. The second command of God, given to the first man and first woman was to rule the earth. (Gn 1:28b) This is what Pharaoh and the Egyptians feared. So, the root of their hatred was fear of loosing the kingdom. At first, they believed that affliction would keep Israel from multiplying but it did make their lives bitter in Egypt. (vv 8-14)
Murder begins in the heart. For this reason, the apostle John wrote, “Everyone who hates his brother is a m…

Matthew 9

Capernaum was the city center of Jesus’ ministry. (Mt 4:13) Some men carried a paralyzed man on a bed to Jesus. It is evident that they went through difficulty to bring him to Jesus because Jesus saw this as faith. Jesus did not immediately heal the man’s physical problem but he healed his spiritual problem by forgiving his sins. The scribes knew that only God can forgive sins; therefore, not believing that Jesus is the Son of God, they called this blasphemy. Jesus then healed the man, demonstrating to the crowd his authority over the physical, which meant that he has authority over the spiritual as well. (vv. 1-7)
This healing was so powerful that the crowd feared and glorified God, knowing that Jesus had authority that could only come from God. There was a man near by in a tax collector’s both who saw this; therefore, when Jesus said to him, “Follow Me!” Matthew obeyed. (vv. 8-9)
Jesus dined in Matthew’s house and Matthew’s friends came to the party. The Pharisees did not associate wi…

Matthew 8

What does it mean?Jesus did something that only God could do, he healed a man of leprosy and the immediacy of this healing was a visible miracle to both the disciples and the priest whom the man presented himself to make his offering to God. This is also a demonstration of compassion. People with leprosy were excluded from society and if they came around others they were to shout “Unclean,” so that the people new to stay away. Jesus could have cleansed this man with a word, but he stretched out his hand and touched him, this is true compassion. (vv. 1-4) Jesus had done many mighty miracles, yet many an Israelite did not believe but this centurion, whom all of Israel would consider an outside the kingdom believed. Justification is not based on blood lines but on faith in Jesus. Jesus declared that many gentiles would be in the kingdom and many descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would be thrown out of the kingdom. (vv. 5-13)  Jesus was healing all who were brought to him both demon-p…

Matthew 7

What does it mean? The teaching in this chapter are very proverbial. Right and wrong is objective but are judgments are subjective because emotion and presupposition always plays a part in any judgment we make; so, be very careful when judging others, is it for their good or your glory? (vv. 1-5) The gospel is holy and is of high value; therefore, treat the good news in this way. (v. 6) Jesus wants us to thank of God as father and ourselves as children of God. He says that God will give good things to his children when the ask. (vv. 7-11) Treating people the same way that you want to be treated summarizes what the Law and the Prophets taught in the Old Testament writings. (v. 12) Jesus began his ministry preaching, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mt 4:17) Shortly after this, Jesus called his disciples and said to them “Follow Me.” (Mt 4:19) Repentance is the small gate and following Jesus is the narrow way that leads to life. (vv. 13-14) Jesus did not mean for us to never ju…

Matthew 6

What does it mean?The Lord’s teaching, in Matthew 6, is about right religious practice. Why do we practice religion? Is it to be seen by men or is it to be seen by God. In the previous chapter, Jesus said, to let our light shine, to do good works before men so that our heavenly Father is glorified. (Mt 5:16) Therefore, Jesus is not saying, in this section, do not do good works before men. Why do we do good works before men? Is it to receive glory for ourselves or is it so that our heavenly Father is glorified by men? Jesus speaks about public prayer in this context. It isn’t that we should not pray publicly but why are you praying in public? Again, is it so that we seem pious to men? Jesus then says to keep your prayers short and gives what has been called the Lord’s prayer. (Mt 6:9-13) In it he gives us seven things that we should pray for: God’s name, God’s kingdom, God’s will, our needs, our debts, our debtors, and our deliverance. He goes deeper into this forgiving of others becau…

Matthew 5

What does it mean? How shall I evaluate the Lord’s words in this great sermon? Jesus taught his disciples on a mountain outdoors. This showed him to be a prophet like Moses but greater than Moses. The kingdom of heaven does not belong to the spiritually proud but only to those who walk humbly and are merciful towards others. The Christian should not be surprised when treated badly in this world. Salt in a wound burns but it also purifies; therefore, the Christian must be in the world but not live like the world. The Christian should be doing good works because this brings glory to the Father God. Jesus said that he did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill the law, so what is the purpose of the law? When Jesus preached, the most visibly-righteous people of the day were the scribes and Pharisees; yet, Jesus told his disciples that their righteousness must exceed that of the scribes and the pharisees. So what is the standard? Jesus answers at the end of this chapter by saying, “You …

Matthew 4

What does it say?Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit. After forty days and forty nights, Jesus became hungry. The devil tempted Jesus three times: First to turn stones into bread. Second, to jump from the pinnacle of the temple to show himself to be the son of God. Third, the devil vowed to give him all the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would fall down and worship him. On the first two occasions the Devil twisted Scripture but Jesus answered the Devil with Scripture all three occasions. Jesus began his ministry in Capernaum by the sea in Galilee fulfilling Isaiah 9:1-2. The message that Jesus preached: “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus was walking by the sea and called two sets of brothers to follow him: First, Peter and Andrew who were fishermen. He told them that he would make them fishers of men. Second, he called James and John away from the family business. Jesus was teaching throughout Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and proclaiming the good n…

Matthew 3

What does it say?John the Baptist, whose preaching was prophesied by Isaiah 40:3, came preaching in the wilderness a message of repentance. John looked wild because he clothed himself with wild things and he ate food scavenged in the wilderness but only bugs considered clean. (Lev. 11:22) John was baptizing repentant Jews in the Jordan, telling them all to bear fruit in keeping with repentance. John called the Pharisees and Sadducees a brood of vipers. He warned that one is coming after him who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan, the Spirit of God descended on him and a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
What does it mean? John was the forerunner for the Messiah. In ancient times, before a king from a distant land arrives, a forerunner was sent to prepare the people for the kings arrival. This was the mission of John the Baptist, he was one shouting in the wilderness, “Repent, for the kingd…

Matthew 2

What does it say? In the days when Herod was king, a group of magi came to Jerusalem from the east seeking another king recently born king of the Jews. The magi saw a special star; therefore, they came to investigate and this troubled Herod. Through the chief priest and scribes (biblical scholars) it was determined from scripture that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem. (Mic. 5:2) Herod wanted these men to go to Bethlehem to locate the child and report to him but God warned them in a dream; therefore, the magi left for their own country but not before they worshiped Jesus and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. An angel of the Lord warned Joseph to escape to Egypt before Herod could destroy the Child. That night he took the Child and his mother to Egypt. Herod determined the approximate age of the child from the conversation with the magi and slew every male child in the vicinity of Bethlehem, two years of age and under. This fulfilled Jeremiah 31:15. After Herod’s dea…

Matthew 1

What does it say? Jesus is the long awaited Messiah, for he is the seed of David and the seed of Abraham. The line from Abraham to David mentions three women: Tamar, Rahab and Ruth. The genealogy from David to the deportation to Babylon also included a woman by the name of Bathsheba. After the deportation to Babylon the line goes from Jeconiah (Jehoiachin) to Joseph the husband of Mary by whom Jesus was born; Mary is the fifth woman mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus. Each section was fourteen generations; Abraham to David, David to deportation to Babylon, and deportation to Babylon to the Messiah. Although Joseph was betrothed to Mary, she became pregnant before they came together. Joseph planned to divorce her secretly but an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, and convinced him to take mary as his wife because the child conceived in her was of the Holy Spirit (God). Joseph was to name him Jesus because he would save his people from their sin. iesous (ʼΙησοῦς, 2424) is a tr…

Exodus 1-4

What does it say? Exodus 1 - Jacob and Jacob’s son died in Egypt but their descendants increased greatly. Joseph was forgotten and a king arose in Egypt who made slaves of the sons of Israel and inflicted them with hard labor. To control the growing Hebrew population, Pharaoh commanded the midwives to put to death every son born, but they feared God more than Pharaoh and did not obey; therefore, Pharaoh commanded the people to cast every son born into the Nile but spare the daughters. Exodus 2 - He woman of the tribe of Levi fearing that she would be caught with her son, put him in a wicker basket and let him afloat on the Nile but his sister followed at a distance. Pharaoh’s daughter drew the lad from the water and the lads sister called his mother, who nursed Moses for Pharaoh’s daughter, who made him as her son. Moses saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew so he killed him but tried to reconcile two Hebrews men that were arguing and the resisted his intervention. Pharaoh tried to kill Mose…

Genesis 48-50

What does it say?  Genesis 48 - Israel became sick and was dying; therefore Joseph went to see his father with his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim. When Joseph brought them close, Israel put his right hand on Ephraim’s head and his left hand as Manasseh’s head. He adopted the brothers as his own, to receive and inheritance in Israel as one of his sons, in the land of Canaan by the oath of God. Israel gave Ephraim, the younger, the greater blessing than Manasseh the younger.  Genesis 49 - All of the sons of Israel came forward and Israel spoke about each of them and what was to come. He negated the rights of the three eldest sons who are Rueben, Simeon and Levi. Reuben because he defiled his fathers bed and slept with his fathers concubine. (cf. Gn. 35:22) Simeon and Levi because of the violence they did to Hamor and his son Schechem and the people of their city after making a covenant with them. (cf. Gn. 34:25-30) Israel gave the blessing of the eldest to Judah, who was actually his fourt…

Genesis 46-47

What does it say? Genesis 46 - When Israel wanted to worship God and offer sacrifices he did so at Beersheba because this was were he meet God when he was a young man. (cf. Gn. 28:10) Just like when he was a young man God spoke with Israel at Beersheba in the visions of the night. God told Israel not to be afraid to go down to Egypt, for he would make a great nation from Israel. God promised that he would go down to Egypt with Israel and bring Israel up again. Their Jospeh his son will close his eyes. Jacob took his family, and went to the land of Goshen in Egypt, the place where Joseph directed them to go. There were 70 persons from the house of Jacob who went came to Egypt. It was here that Israel’s, in his old age, saw his son Joseph again.  Genesis 47 - Joseph told Pharaoh that his family came down from Canaan and settled at Goshen. Five of his brothers and his father were presented before Pharaoh. When Pharaoh asked Israel how old he was, Jacob said, “The years of my sojourning are…

Genesis 43-45

What does it say? Genesis 43 - Israel and his sons had eaten all of the grain that they brought from Egypt, so Israel command his sons to return to Egypt and buy more grain. He was reminded that the man who was lord of the land of Egypt said, “return with your youngest brother Benjamin.” Israel was grieved and refused but when Judah vowed to be surety for his brothers life, Israel consented. Simeon their brother was returned to them. When Joseph saw Benjamin, his younger brother, he wept. After gaining his composure he dined with his brothers but separated from them.  Genesis 44 - Joseph had his steward hide his special cup in Benjamin’s bag, then go after his brothers. When the cup was found in Benjamin’s bag, all of the brothers followed Benjamin back to Egypt. Joseph told Israel’s sons that Benjamin would stay and be his slave; however, Judah told Joseph about his father Israel and his vow to be surety for his brother . Genesis 45 - Joseph wept! He then revealed himself to his brother…

Genesis 40-42

What does it say? Genesis 40 - While Joseph was in prison, Pharaoh became angry and placed his chief baker and his cup bearer in the same prison. These two men dreamed and Joseph interpreted their dreams for them by God. The cup bearer was restored to his office and the chief baker was hanged to his death. He had asked that the cup bearer remember him. Genesis 41 - Two years later, Pharaoh had two dreams that disturbed him greatly. He dreamed that seven sleek and fat cows, were eaten by seven ugly and gaunt cows. He dreamed that seven plump ears of grain, were eaten by seven ears, scorched by the wind of the desert. The cup bearer told Pharaoh about Joseph. Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream. He said that God was revealing to Pharaoh that seven abundant years would be followed by seven years of famine. The seven years of famine would be so divesting that no one would remember the seven abundant years. He also told Pharaoh that he should appoint a man to save one-fifth of all the produce…

Genesis 37-39

What does it say? Genesis 37 - Joseph’s brothers were jealous of Israel’s love for him and even more so, when Israel gave him a special tunic. Jospeh related to them a dream in which their sheaves bowed down to their sheaves. This enraged his brothers. He also had a second dream in which the sun and the moon and the eleven stars bowed down to him. Joseph was sent by their father to his brothers. His brothers captured him and sold him to Ishmaelite traders who sold Joseph to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s bodyguard.  Genesis 38  - After this, there is an interluded, in which the story is hold of how Perez was born. (Perez and his mother Tamar are listed in the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. [cf. Mt. 1:3]) Perez and Zerah were born to Judah from an elicit union. Judah had sex with his daughter in-law Tamar, who had disguised herself as a prostitute because Judah did not give her to his youngest son as wife, his eldest son, Tamar’s husband was dead and his middle son was de…

Genesis 34-36

What does it say? Jacob’s sons were treacherous! Dinah the daughter of Leah laid with Schechem the son of Hamor the Hivite who coerced her. Hamor and Schechem came to Jacob to ask for Dinah’s hand in marriage, suggesting that the sons of Jacob take their daughters as wives. Jacob sons agreed but with treachery in their hearts because they suggested that Hamor, Schechem and all the men of the city be circumcised like Jacob’s sons. On the third day, while the Hivites were in pain, Jacob’s sons killed every male in the city, took back their sister, looted the city, the fields, the wealth, took their little ones and their wives. This worried Jacob because he could no longer have favor among the people of the land; therefore, he moved with his sons to Bethel, the place where he meet God when he fled from Esau’s anger. Jacob worshiped the God whom he meet at Bethel and walked with him during the time he was working for Laban. The Lord changed his name to Israel and told him that he would be …

Genesis 31-33

What does it say? Jacob no longer had favor with laban; therefore, he took all that he acquired while working for Laban and departed for the land of Canaan. Rachel, his wife, stole idols from Laban and hid them. Laban chased after Jacob but did not attack because he was warned by God in a dream; therefore, he made a covenant with Jacob. He made Jacob swear before God but did not do so from his own fear of the Lord but Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac. Jacob feared Esau, so he sent before him a gift of livestock and divided his positons and persons, so that all could not be attacked at once. Jacob wrestled with God all that night and God changed his name to Israel, for he wrestled with God and with men and prevailed; however, Jacob was injured and limped thereafter. Esau received Jacob and received Jacobs gift; therefore, Jacob entered the land and settled near the city of Shechem in the land of Canaan. 
What does it mean? Life is a struggle and it is impossible to live in this…

Genesis 29-30

There are two main ideas in this text: Man is sinful and God is righteous. One cannot read the things that either Jacob or Laban did and be proud of either. Scripture is amazing because here is a story that paints the nation of Israel in a bad light. The law prohibits marrying two sisters, yet the nation of Israel began this way. Jacob desired Rachel but he was given Leah as a wife first. Leah would bare six of the twelve tribes of Israel, namely Levi and Judah; Levi would become the priestly line and Judah the royal line through whom David and Jesus came. Because of the rivalry of two sisters having the same husband, each used her maid, which Jacob took as wives also, and each maid bore him two children a piece. Rachel remained barren but eventually she gave birth to Joseph, Joseph would become two tribes in the northern kingdom and be divided from his brother Judah in the southern kingdom. We would hear no more of Joseph after the exile but Judah, Leah’s son. would become prominent.…

Genesis 26-28

What does it say? Isaac had it in his mind to go to Egypt because a famine struck the land of Canaan but God commanded that he stay in the land and He reaffirmed the promise that He made to Abraham with Isaac and his descendants. Isaac lived among the Philistines in Gerar, and lied, saying that Rebekah was his sister but Abimelech saw Isaac caressing his wife; Abimelech rebuked Isaac because one of his people might have sinned and brought guilt upon the community. The Lord made Isaac prosperous and the Philistines became jealous. They quarreled over the wells that Isaac dug and he moved each time, untll he came to a well that no one quarreled over. Isaac went to Beersheba and the Lord appeared to him, and spoke to him, and said that He would bless Isaac for Abraham’s sake; therefore, Isaac worshiped the Lord. Abimelech of the Philistines came and made a covenant with Isaac at Beersheba because he saw that God was blessing Isaac. Esau married two Hittite women, and this brought grief to…

Genesis 24-25

What does it say? Abraham sent his oldest and most trusted servant to take a wife for Abraham’s son Isaac from among Abraham’s relatives but not from the Canaanites. Abraham believed that the Lord would guide his servant to the woman whom Isaac would marry. Abraham’s servant took 10 camels and a variety of goods to the city of Nahor, Abraham’s brother; when he arrived at the well, he asked the Lord to reveal the woman when she showed him kindness by offering him and his camels water from the well. Rebekah was Isaac’s second cousin and she came to draw water which she offered to Abraham’s servant and she watered his camels. He gave her jewelry and asked if he might lodge with her family and she gladly agreed. Laban, Rebekah’s brother took care of the man’s needs, feeding and bedding his camels, and when they all sat down to eat a meal together, the man revealed his purpose for coming. He also revealed his prayer by the fountain of water regarding the woman who would show him kindness by…