Posted by: heisourstrongtower | March 6, 2014

Focus ~ On Rebekah ~ Wednesday Reflection Questions

Can I be honest with you all…I am not a huge fan of answering questions!!!  It reminds me of school and tests…I loved going to school, but I hated tests!  I have committed to this challenge and, even though my flesh is telling me the questions can be skipped…I am not going to quit.

Read Genesis 24:15-27

15 Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel, who was the son of Abraham’s brother Nahor and his wife, Milcah. 16 Rebekah was very beautiful and old enough to be married, but she was still a virgin. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came up again. 17 Running over to her, the servant said, “Please give me a little drink of water from your jug.”

18 “Yes, my lord,” she answered, “have a drink.” And she quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and gave him a drink. 19 When she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels, too, until they have had enough to drink.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw water for all his camels.

21 The servant watched her in silence, wondering whether or not the Lord had given him success in his mission. 22 Then at last, when the camels had finished drinking, he took out a gold ring for her nose and two large gold bracelets for her wrists.

23 “Whose daughter are you?” he asked. “And please tell me, would your father have any room to put us up for the night?”

24 “I am the daughter of Bethuel,” she replied. “My grandparents are Nahor and Milcah. 25 Yes, we have plenty of straw and feed for the camels, and we have room for guests.”

26 The man bowed low and worshiped the Lord. 27 “Praise the Lord, the God of my master, Abraham,” he said. “The Lord has shown unfailing love and faithfulness to my master, for he has led me straight to my master’s relatives.”

1. What do you notice about young Rebekah’s looks and character?

In verse 16 we find that she was beautiful, young and was still a virgin.  As we continue reading in the rest of the verses, she was willing to work and humble herself to water the camels that came with the servant.  I believe that proves she was of a good character.

Read Genesis 24:67

67 And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother.

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2. These are some of the sweetest words about marriage found in the Bible.  In your own words, describe what you think Isaac and Rebekah’s marriage was like in these early days.

I believe that Isaac’s love for Rebekah may have been greater than her love for Him.  This Bible verse states that he loved her deeply, it does not say that she loved him deeply.  I believe that Rebekah was dedicated to Isaac and was aware of her role as his wife, and fulfilled her duties willingly.  They did not have children for the first 20 years of their marriage and so there was nothing to distract her from Isaac and taking care of him.  

Read Genesis 25:21-28

21 Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The Lord answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins. 22 But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the Lord about it. “Why is this happening to me?” she asked.

23 And the Lord told her, “The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.”

24 And when the time came to give birth, Rebekah discovered that she did indeed have twins! 25 The first one was very red at birth and covered with thick hair like a fur coat. So they named him Esau. 26 Then the other twin was born with his hand grasping Esau’s heel. So they named him Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when the twins were born.

27 As the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter. He was an outdoorsman, but Jacob had a quiet temperament, preferring to stay at home. 28 Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating the wild game Esau brought home, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

3. Verse 28 contains some of the saddest words about parenting in the Bible.  How do you think their parent’s favoritism affected Jacob and Esau?

I believe that they became competitive with each other and there was more than likely hurt feelings inside each of them.  Let’s get real here…Esau may have known that Isaac cared more for him than for Jacob, but that would not have erased the pain he felt knowing that his mother cared more for Jacob and the same with Jacob…he know that his mother loved him more, but he wanted his father’s blessing.  

Read Genesis 27:1-13 

27 One day when Isaac was old and turning blind, he called for Esau, his older son, and said, “My son.”

“Yes, Father?” Esau replied.

2 “I am an old man now,” Isaac said, “and I don’t know when I may die. 3 Take your bow and a quiver full of arrows, and go out into the open country to hunt some wild game for me. 4 Prepare my favorite dish, and bring it here for me to eat. Then I will pronounce the blessing that belongs to you, my firstborn son, before I die.”

5 But Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, 6 she said to her son Jacob, “Listen. I overheard your father say to Esau, 7 ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the Lord’s presence before I die.’ 8 Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you. 9 Go out to the flocks, and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll use them to prepare your father’s favorite dish. 10 Then take the food to your father so he can eat it and bless you before he dies.”

11 “But look,” Jacob replied to Rebekah, “my brother, Esau, is a hairy man, and my skin is smooth. 12 What if my father touches me? He’ll see that I’m trying to trick him, and then he’ll curse me instead of blessing me.”

13 But his mother replied, “Then let the curse fall on me, my son! Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats for me!”

4. Why do you think Rebekah resorted to trickery to gain what God promised her when she was pregnant?

I believe that Rebekah felt that Isaac was going to mess up the plan that God had for Jacob by blessing Esau.  She must have been pretty anxious that Jacob would miss out on God’s blessing for his life if she did not intervene and prevent Esau from receiving what she felt belonged to Jacob.

5. Do you see yourself anywhere in Rebekah’s story? How are you like or unlike her?

I believe that I answered this question on Monday…see my blog post here.

Women of the Bible Study ~ Focus on Rebekah

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