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  1. Gen 24:64b-67

    †. Gen 24:64b . . She alighted from the camel Suspecting that the man up ahead just might be her future husband, Rebecca took no chances of getting off on the wrong foot with impropriety. She could always get back up on the camel if it turned out the man wasn't her Isaac; but just in case . . . †. Gen 24:65a . . and said to the servant: Who is that man walking in the field toward us? And the servant said: That is my master. Well; the man approaching was much too young to be Abraham, and...
  2. Gen 24:61b-64a

    †. Gen 24:61b . . So the servant took Rebecca and went his way. The 500 mile trip to Isaac's camp, which must have taken at least two weeks, was a great opportunity for Rebecca to become familiar with the manager of her spouse's goods. People bond well under hardship and under close knit circumstances. In the years to come, the friendship and trust that developed en route with Rebecca and the man, would really come in handy after she took over Isaac's home. We can easily guess what the...
  3. Gen 24:54-61a

    †. Gen 24:54-55 . .Then he and the men with him ate and drank, and they spent the night. When they arose next morning, he said: Give me leave to go to my master. But her brother and her mother said: Let the maiden remain with us some ten days; then you may go. Their request was reasonable. After all, this was all so sudden. They didn't even have a chance to announce the engagement nor organize a bridal shower. Becky's friends would all want to come over to the house and ooo and ahhh the...
  4. Gen 24:34-53

    †. Gen 24:34 . . I am Abraham's servant: he began. I think it's commendable that this man, so far from home, didn't introduce himself by his own name but rather by the name of the one whom he represented. †. Gen 24:35 . .The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become rich: He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female slaves, camels and burros. I love the way this man gives credit to Yhvh for Abraham's good fortune rather than to idols, heathen deities,...
  5. Gen 24:23-33

    †. Gen 24:23-25 . . Pray tell me; he said: whose daughter are you? Is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night? She replied: I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor. And she went on: There is plenty of straw and feed at home, and also room to spend the night. That did it. The identity of Becky's family was the final chop that felled the tree. Abraham's steward had no more doubts about the Lord's providence. At this point, he put the ring in...
  6. Gen 24:16d-22

    †. Gen 24:16d . . She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came up. The "spring" in this case was a small pool of water fed by an aquifer, which is different than an artesian well. Artesians gush, while aquifers seep. Some of the shafts of ancient man-made wells in the that part of the world resemble mini open-pit mines; with steps hewn into the sides to facilitate access to the water for dipping jars and buckets. Becky's spring was likely constructed like that. †. Gen 24:17a ....
  7. Armchair Expert

    Sitting in you chair, Glasses on, studying the world, You’re the armchair expert. Let the fanfare and flags unfurl. - Yeah, you’re the expert, you sitting there, You know it all, the judge of everything, You been there, you’ve been everywhere. Tried everyone’s shoes, then thrown ‘em in the bin. - Your life is all … Keep reading → Source
  8. Gen 24:11-16c

    †. Gen 24:11 . . He made the camels kneel down by the well outside the city, at evening time, the time when women come out to draw water. "evening time" is from an ambiguous word that indicates any time after high noon when the sun is descending towards sunset as opposed to "morning" which can indicate any time after sunrise when the sun is ascending towards high noon. In other words; morning and evening are simply the two halves of daytime. †. Gen 24:12 . . And he said: O Lord, God of my...
  9. FALL

    You wanted the world, the fastest and the best. The largest, richest house and all the rest. You wanted the crowds and their butter lips. One premiership is only the iceberg’s tip. Though our beauty tis only skin deep, We try our absolute hardest to keep. We forget the very reason we are here, Lose … Keep reading → Source
  10. Gen 24:3c-10

    †. Gen 24:3c-4 . . that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I dwell, but will go to the land of my birth and get a wife for my son Isaac. The words "land of my birth" can also mean "to my country and to my relatives." That is exactly how the steward understood them because that is how he will narrate Abraham's instructions in Gen 24:38. I just bet Abraham was fully aware of the fate of the sons of God who married the daughters of men back in...
  11. Gen 24:1-3b

    †. Gen 24:1a . . Abraham was now old, advanced in years, Abraham was 100 when Isaac was born (Gen 21:25). The lad was 40 when he married Rebecca (Gen 25:20). So that makes Abraham 140 at this point in the record. But although Abraham was worn; he wasn't worn out. Abraham still had plenty of vigor left in him and would go on to live another 35 years and even father more children. As far as the Scriptural record goes, Abraham enjoyed excellent health at this point in his life and still had...
  12. Murder in the Cold Blood

    The huge steel walls were rising above her. A ring of white surrounded her, Little isles of white dotted the plain about her: barren patches of desolation with no living thing in sight. Her reflection warped, caving up across her in the steel with alien-life features. Stuck inside a skyscraper with no floors. Just cold steel racing high above. Suddenly, there is a shaking, The ground beneath her feet trembles, the shock waves shoot up her limbs as the vibrations rip through her body. A dark...
  13. Parenthesis

    Sarah's Grave In 1981, Dr. Seev Jevin, Director of the Israel Antiquities Authority, forced himself through a narrow opening in the underground grave chamber of the Machpela cave, where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were believed to be buried. He did this under strict observation by the Islamic Waqf. Behind bolted doors in Yitzhak Hall, the secret entrance in the southeast wall was opened. Jews had long suspected that the entrance to the real burial chamber must be here, and because of that they...
  14. Gen 23:10b-20

    †. Gen 23:10b-11 . . saying: No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field and I give you the cave that is in it; I give it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead. Ephron's generosity was no doubt sincere, but merely one more formality towards closing a deal on the property. Not wanting to appear a greedy beast profiteering on the loss of a man's wife, he first offered it to Abraham for free. That was actually a very kind show of respect for Abraham's grief. Abraham will pay for...
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