Reu the Companion in Death

“And it came to pass that Peleg was thirty years old and he begat Reu. And after he begat Reu, Peleg lived two-hundred and nine years. And he begat sons and daughters.” (Genesis 11:18-19)   Here we find the first real indications that the effect of the Fall upon our lifespan is progressive, for Peleg’s… Read More

Faith of Our Fathers

“And it came to pass that Isaac and Ishmael, his sons, buried him in the cave of Makpelah — the one in the field of Ephron the son of Tsohar the Hittite  which is in the direction of Mamre — the field which Abraham bought from the sons of the Hittites. There Abraham was buried… Read More

He died with Good Grey Hair

“These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived: one-hundred and seventy-five years. Abraham perished and died with good grey hair, an old man and fulfilled. And he was gathered to his people.” (Genesis 25:8)   These are the final words recorded in the narrative of the life of Abraham. What… Read More

Children of Midian

“And the sons of Midyan were Eyphah, Epher, Chanok, Abiyda, and Elddaah. All these were the sons of Keturah.” (Genesis 25:4)   Moses gives us the final listing of the grandsons of Abraham and Keturah, in this case through the line of Midyan (Midian). These are the sons who will establish the tribes of the… Read More

The Children of Keturah

“And she bore to him: Zimran, Yoqshan, Medan, Midyan, Yishbaq, and Shuach.”   And here the children of Abraham and Keturah are remembered by name. Zimran: Likely derived from the Hebrew word rAmÎz (zamar), which refers to the playing of an instrument or the singing of praise to God. Children are indeed a blessing and… Read More

The Marriage

“And Rebekah lifted her eyes and saw Isaac; she fell from her camel and said to the servant, ‘Who is this man walking in the field to summon us?’ And the servant said, ‘He is my lord.’ Thus she took her veil and covered herself. So the servant recounted to Isaac all of the things… Read More

The Seed and the God of the Millennia

“And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, ‘Our sister, you shall become like countless thousands and may your seed inhabit the gates of those who hate him.’” (Genesis 24:60)   “I will surely bless you and your seed will surely be great as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is… Read More

A Public Witness

“And so, when the servant of Abraham heard their words he bowed down in worship to Yahweh.” (Genesis 24:52)   Take notice at how many times this servant praises or worships God for his provision and for his grace. That is a fabulous thing, but is it not convicting to us? How often we neglect… Read More

WIll You be Faithful to My Lord?

“Now, if it is in you to show steadfast love and truth to my lord, declare it to me; if not, declare it to me so that I may turn to the right or to the left.” (Genesis 24:49)   It is interesting to me how Eliezer couches his request for Rebekah to return with… Read More

Fidelity to God’s Word

“And my lord made me swear, saying ‘You must not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites in whose land I dwell. Instead, to the house of my father you should go and to my family. From them take a wife for my son.” (Genesis 24:38)   We have already… Read More

Laban or Abraham; Managers or Leaders?

“And Rebekah had a brother and his name was Laban. Laban ran to the man which was standing by the spring. Thus it was when he saw the nose-ring and the bracelets over the hands of his sister and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister saying, “This is what the man said… Read More

Beauty Redefined…Or Defined

“The girl had a very good appearance — a virgin which no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled up her pitcher and came back up.” (Genesis 24:16)   When we read this passage, it might be our first assumption to suggest that Eliezer was attracted to Rebekah because of her… Read More

Camels, Water, and Revival

“And he caused the camels to kneel outside of the city near the well of water; the time was evening, the time when those come out who are drawing water. And he said, ‘Yahweh, the God of my lord Abraham, please ordain success for me in my presence this day and demonstrate covenant faithfulness to… Read More

The Continual Blessing of God

“And it came to pass that Abraham was old, toward the end of his days, and Yahweh had continually blessed Abraham in everything.” (Genesis 24:1)   What a wonderful way in which for a life to be marked: “And Yahweh had blessed Abraham in all things…” How often we feel as if God has withheld… Read More

Abraham’s Lament

“And Sarah died at Kiryath-Arba (this is Hebron) in the land of Canaan. And Abraham entered to lament for Sarah and to weep for her.” (Genesis 23:2)   Grief for someone lost to us is an experience common to mankind in this fallen world, yet while common, radically is different from person to person. We… Read More

Dwelling in Beersheba

“Thus Abraham went to his young men and they rose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham dwelled in Beersheba.” (Genesis 22:19)   And so, Abraham travels back to Beersheba, the place of the covenant, located in what would later be southern Israel. Yet, for now, Abraham is still living amongst the pagans, Philistines and… Read More

The Ram in the Thicket

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes and he looked and beheld a ram behind him caught fast in a thicket by its horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and went up to make a whole burnt offering of it instead of his son.” (Genesis 22:13)   Substitution is perhaps the word for the… Read More

The Active and Passive Obedience of Isaac – A Shadow of Christ

“In this way they came to the place which God had told him and there Abraham built the altar and arranged the wood on it. He bound Isaac, his son, and set him on the altar on top of the wood. Then Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.”… Read More

The Lamb of God

“And Abraham said, ‘God will himself see to the Lamb for the whole burnt offering my son.’ And the two went on together.” (Genesis 22:8)   Often when we read this passage we see this statement of Abraham’s as a means of placating his son and keeping him somewhat in the dark and in doing… Read More

Signposts in the Future

“And so, that place was called Beer-Shaba for the two of them swore there.” (Genesis 21:31)   And here we learn the origin of the name Beersheba, a place that has Biblical significance to God’s people throughout the Old Testament. It was at Beersheba that God appeared to Isaac to renew the covenant (Genesis 26:23-25),… Read More

Swearing an Oath

“And Abraham said, ‘I swear.’” (Genesis 21:24)   My mother always told me that it wasn’t nice to swear… Of course, she was talking about something a little different than what Abraham is doing at the moment. In this case, Abraham is taking an oath and promising an alliance between himself and Abimelek. Yet, doesn’t… Read More