Genesis Chapter 24:
Gen 24:1-67 KJV
(1) And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
(2) And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
(3) And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:
(4) But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
(5) And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?
(6) And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.
(7) The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
(8) And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
(9) And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
(10) And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
(11) And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.
(12) And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.
(13) Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
(14) And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.
(15) And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
(16) And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
(17) And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.
(18) And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
(19) And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.
(20) And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
(21) And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.
(22) And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;
(23) And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father’s house for us to lodge in?
(24) And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.
(25) She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.
(26) And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.
(27) And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master’s brethren.
(28) And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother’s house these things.
(29) And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.
(30) And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister’s hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.
(31) And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.
(32) And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men’s feet that were with him.
(33) And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
(34) And he said, I am Abraham’s servant.
(35) And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.
(36) And Sarah my master’s wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath.
(37) And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:
(38) But thou shalt go unto my father’s house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.
(39) And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.
(40) And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father’s house:
(41) Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.
(42) And I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:
(43) Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;
(44) And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom the LORD hath appointed out for my master’s son.
(45) And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.
(46) And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.
(47) And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
(48) And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s daughter unto his son.
(49) And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.
(50) Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.
(51) Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master’s son’s wife, as the LORD hath spoken.
(52) And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
(53) And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
(54) And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.
(55) And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.
(56) And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.
(57) And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
(58) And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.
(59) And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant, and his men.
(60) And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
(61) And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
(62) And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.
(63) And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
(64) And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
(65) For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.
(66) And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
(67) And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
Thought For This Chapter…
The certainty of the promises of a sovereign God… What a wonderful truth for each one of us to grasp. Please notice that Abraham was totally reliant on the Lord’s promises made to him to direct his entire life and the lives of his family members.
In this case, we find Abraham trusting in the promise of God to seek out a wife for Isaac. Based on this promise, Abraham sought out a wife for Isaac. He also allowed this promise to determine the area where the search would begin…
Gen 23:7 – The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
Folks, how could Abraham know with such certainty that this promise of God would be fulfilled? It was only because he understood that the One making the promise was the One that controlled all things. Please note the title he gives to his Lord… “The Lord God of heaven.”
In other words, he was describing the Lord as “the supreme One who rules from heaven and deserves all of creation’s worship. He is our Lord and our God. Our God rules, none can stay his hand, nor can we question what He does in our lives or in the world as a whole…
Dan 4:34-35 KJV
(34) And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
(35) And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
This is the Lord we serve. This is the reason why we can count on His promises to be fulfilled. None can stop Him. He controls every event that takes place in this world (whether by allowance or active intervention). He WILL keep His promises to us, period. No further discussion is needed.
We serve a faithful Lord (not an unreliable man), may we all live our lives KNOWING He will keep His promises and He will do what He says He will do!!
Num 23:19 KJV
(19) God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
It seems as if the practice of meditation is becoming more popular with the passing of each generation. And no wonder, the claimed benefits of habitual meditation are far reaching. They range from alleviating stress to helping to break smoking or drinking habits and to help reduce pain. It is claimed that “Meditation is wonderful in that it’s free, always available, and amazingly effective in short-term stress reduction and long-term health.” With claims such as these, is it any wonder that the number of those who practice meditation is growing throughout the world?
Mediation is described as:
“Meditation involves sitting in a relaxed position and clearing your mind.”
“Meditation encompasses a variety of practices that are somewhat different, while holding to the basic principles of consideration and quiet thought to bring about a state of rumination.
“Meditation is not a technique but a way of life. Meditation means ‘a cessation of the thought process’ . It describes a state of consciousness, when the mind is free of scattered thoughts and various patterns . The observer (one who is doing meditation) realizes that all the activity of the mind is reduced to one.”
To view the source of the preceding quotes, the results of meditation and the descriptions of meditation please see: http://stress.about.com/od/tensiontamers/p/profilemeditati.htm; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation; http://www.project-meditation.org/what_is_meditation.html ;
Based upon the above, it seems as if meditation, in some cases, involves “clearing the mind’, while in other cases, it is said to centered on one centralized point of attention, while excluding “scattered thoughts and various patterns”. There seems to be lacking a uniform, consistent definition for meditation.
Is meditation mentioned in the Bible? If so, what is the Bible teaching on meditation?
Gen 24:63 – 63) And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels [were] coming.
Josh 1:8 (KJV) – 8) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Ps 1:2 (KJV) – 2) But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Ps 5:1 (KJV) – 1) To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
Ps 19:14 (KJV) – 14) Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Ps 49:3 (KJV) – 3) My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart [shall be] of understanding.
Ps 63:6 (KJV) – 6) When I remember thee upon my bed, [and] meditate on thee in the [night] watches.
Ps 77:12 (KJV) – 12) I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
Ps 104:34 (KJV) – 34) My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
Ps 119:15 (KJV) – 15) I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
Ps 119:23 (KJV) – 23) Princes also did sit [and] speak against me: [but] thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
Ps 119:48 (KJV) – 48) My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
Ps 119:78 (KJV) – 78) Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: [but] I will meditate in thy precepts.
Ps 119:97 (KJV) – 97) MEM. O how love I thy law! it [is] my meditation all the day.
Ps 119:99 (KJV) – 99) I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies [are] my meditation.
Ps 119:148 (KJV) – 148) Mine eyes prevent the [night] watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
Ps 143:5 (KJV) – 5) I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
Isa 33:18 (KJV) – 18) Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where [is] the scribe? where [is] the receiver? where [is] he that counted the towers?
Mark 13:11 (KJV) – 11) But when they shall lead [you], and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Luke 21:14 (KJV)- 14) Settle [it] therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
1Tim 4:10-15 (KJV) – 10) For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. 11) These things command and teach. 12) Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13) Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14) Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.15) Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
In the Old Testment, the word “meditate” or “meditation” is translated from three different words.
- In Genesis 24:63 the Hebrew word means “to muse” or “to be absorbed in thought, to turn over in the mind”
- In all the Psalm 119 references to “meditate” the Hebrew word means “to speak to yourself, to think deeply and thoroughly”
- In all the other OT references a different Hebrew word with much the same meaning is used “to mutter, to ponder”
In all the New Testament references, the word “meditate” is translated from a Greek word that means “to revolve in the mind, to look over from every angle”.
What does the definitions for meditate teach us about Biblical meditation?:
- In EVERY case, to meditate Biblically involves having our mind thinking about something. NEVER does the Lord tell us to “empty our mind” or “clear your mind” or “cease your mental processes”. I believe this is a point that needs emphasis… To empty our minds of every thought is a very dangerous practice. The dark (sinful, demonic) powers of this world seek to inhabit lives that are “emptied” (Matt 12:43-45) I believe, by emptying one’s mind opens up an opportunity for Satanic oppression of the emptied mind.
- Biblical mediation involves active mental concentration and examination. If you notice in our definitions some of the terms used are “to turn over in the mind”, “to think deeply and thoroughly”, “to ponder, and to look over at every angle”. None of these words implies a state of rest or cessation of the minds activities.
To summarize our definition study we find that to meditate in a God honoring, Scriptural way involves a mind actively examining and thinking. NEVER does the Lord advocate a empty or inactive mind. This type of inactivity, very possibly, can open the door to demonic influence.
Now, let’s continue our study by answering the question what subjects should a Christian be meditating about?
“To meditate” or “meditation” is mentioned in the Bible 21 times… Gen 24:63; Josh 1:8; Psa 1:2, 5:1, 19:14, 49:3, 63:6, 77:12, 104:34, Psa 119:15, 23, 46, 78, 97, 99, 148, 143:5; Isa 33:18; Mark 13:11; Luke 21:14; 1 Tim 4:15.
If we study these references, in their context we find the following:
- Subject of meditation not described: Gen 24:63
(Although we are not told, Isaac was thinking about something! Based upon the word used for meditation he was “absorbed in thought” over some subject, we are simply not told what that subject is.)
- Subject of meditation Word of God: Josh 1:8, Psa 1:2, Psa 119:15, 23, 46, 78, 97, 99, 148
- Subject of meditation burdens on heart seeking His mercy: Psa 5:1
- Subject of meditation desires of heart being acceptable to the Lord: Psa 19:14,
- Subject of meditation spiritual understanding: Psa 49:3
- Subject of meditation The Lord and His works: Psa 63:6, Psa 77:12, Psa 104:34, Psa 143:5
- Subject of meditation terror for disobedient facing Divine judgment: Isa 33:18
- Subject of mediation the gospel message and need for service to Him: 1 Tim 4:10-15
- Not to be a subject of meditation: Concern, worry about answering opponents of Lord : Mark 13:11, Luke 21:14
To summarize the above:
- As faithful children… we are to be thinking about Our Heavenly Father, His works, and His Word. They should always be on our minds. We should seek quiet times when uninterrupted, we can solely place our minds and hearts on Him.
- As burdened pilgrims on earth… we should be taking quiet times to concentrate on turning our trials over to Him seeking His presence, mercy and strength.
- As faithful servants… we should be meditating on our desires, making sure they are pleasing to Him; we should be examining the understanding He has given to us to enable us to serve Him in greater ways. Finally, our meditations should also involve an examination of our lives making sure we are leading lives of holiness and separation to His work.
- As witnesses of His grace in salvation,… we are to always have the gospel message of grace upon our hearts, remembering what He has done for us and our need to share it with others. We are to lay aside any worry about how to answer those who oppose our message.
- As those who have never experienced God’s gracious salvation but are continuing to face His wrath… examine your current condition and allow terror to fill your mind, as you continue to face judgment from Almighty God. Turn to Him and trust in Him, realizing that the Lord is abundantly gracious, slow to anger and of great mercy.
The Lord summarize what our daily meditations should be based upon….
May the Lord bless our times of Godly meditation when we turn our minds to these things….
Phil 4:4-9 (KJV)
4) Rejoice in the Lord alway: [and] again I say, Rejoice.
5) Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord [is] at hand.
6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
9) Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
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