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Today's Reading
January 9

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Pastor’s Note

It is good to read the Old Testament in light of the new. So glad that death is not the end. I can only imagine the joy of having relationships that were severed by death reunited in the next life. How grateful we should be for the Christ who showed his credentials in exercising his power over Satan and disease, in order to remind us that his salvation would accomplish for us a permanent conquest of death itself.

— Pastor Mike

Genesis 23-24

Sarah’s Death and Burial

23:1 Sarah lived 127 years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. And Sarah died at Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. And Abraham rose up from before his dead and said to the Hittites, [1] “I am a sojourner and foreigner among you; give me property among you for a burying place, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.” The Hittites answered Abraham, “Hear us, my lord; you are a prince of God [2] among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will withhold from you his tomb to hinder you from burying your dead.” Abraham rose and bowed to the Hittites, the people of the land. And he said to them, “If you are willing that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me and entreat for me Ephron the son of Zohar, that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he owns; it is at the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in your presence as property for a burying place.”

10 Now Ephron was sitting among the Hittites, and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city, 11 “No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the sight of the sons of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead.” 12 Then Abraham bowed down before the people of the land. 13 And he said to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, “But if you will, hear me: I give the price of the field. Accept it from me, that I may bury my dead there.” 14 Ephron answered Abraham, 15 “My lord, listen to me: a piece of land worth four hundred shekels [3] of silver, what is that between you and me? Bury your dead.” 16 Abraham listened to Ephron, and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver that he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.

17 So the field of Ephron in Machpelah, which was to the east of Mamre, the field with the cave that was in it and all the trees that were in the field, throughout its whole area, was made over 18 to Abraham as a possession in the presence of the Hittites, before all who went in at the gate of his city. 19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah east of Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 The field and the cave that is in it were made over to Abraham as property for a burying place by the Hittites.

Isaac and Rebekah

24:1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there. The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.” So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.

10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, taking all sorts of choice gifts from his master; and he arose and went to Mesopotamia [4] to the city of Nahor. 11 And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time when women go out to draw water. 12 And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this [5] I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”

15 Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder. 16 The young woman was very attractive in appearance, a maiden [6] whom no man had known. She went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up. 17 Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water to drink from your jar.” 18 She said, “Drink, my lord.” And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. 19 When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” 20 So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water, and she drew for all his camels. 21 The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether the Lord had prospered his journey or not.

22 When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold ring weighing a half shekel, [7] and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, 23 and said, “Please tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?” 24 She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” 25 She added, “We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night.” 26 The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord 27 and said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me in the way to the house of my master’s kinsmen.” 28 Then the young woman ran and told her mother’s household about these things.

29 Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban. Laban ran out toward the man, to the spring. 30 As soon as he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister’s arms, and heard the words of Rebekah his sister, “Thus the man spoke to me,” he went to the man. And behold, he was standing by the camels at the spring. 31 He said, “Come in, O blessed of the Lord. Why do you stand outside? For I have prepared the house and a place for the camels.” 32 So the man came to the house and unharnessed the camels, and gave straw and fodder to the camels, and there was water to wash his feet and the feet of the men who were with him. 33 Then food was set before him to eat. But he said, “I will not eat until I have said what I have to say.” He said, “Speak on.”

34 So he said, “I am Abraham’s servant. 35 The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become great. He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male servants and female servants, camels and donkeys. 36 And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old, and to him he has given all that he has. 37 My master made me swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell, 38 but you shall go to my father’s house and to my clan and take a wife for my son.’ 39 I said to my master, ‘Perhaps the woman will not follow me.’ 40 But he said to me, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and prosper your way. You shall take a wife for my son from my clan and from my father’s house. 41 Then you will be free from my oath, when you come to my clan. And if they will not give her to you, you will be free from my oath.’

42 “I came today to the spring and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you are prospering the way that I go, 43 behold, I am standing by the spring of water. Let the virgin who comes out to draw water, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” 44 and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also,” let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’

45 “Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her water jar on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ 46 She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I will give your camels drink also.’ So I drank, and she gave the camels drink also. 47 Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose and the bracelets on her arms. 48 Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way [8] to take the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. 49 Now then, if you are going to show steadfast love and faithfulness to 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 has come from the Lord; we cannot speak to you bad or good. 51 Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has spoken.”

52 When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed himself to the earth before the Lord53 And the servant brought out jewelry of silver and of gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave to her brother and to her mother costly ornaments. 54 And he and the men who were with him ate and drank, and they spent the night there. When they arose in the morning, he said, “Send me away to my master.” 55 Her brother and her mother said, “Let the young woman remain with us a while, at least ten days; after that she may go.” 56 But he said to them, “Do not delay me, since the Lord has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master.” 57 They said, “Let us call the young woman and ask her.” 58 And they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will go.” 59 So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,

“Our sister, may you become
 thousands of ten thousands,
and may your offspring possess
 the gate of those who hate him!” [9]

61 Then Rebekah and her young women arose and rode on the camels and followed the man. Thus the servant took Rebekah and went his way.

62 Now Isaac had returned from Beer-lahai-roi and was dwelling in the Negeb. 63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming. 64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel 65 and said to the servant, “Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. 66 And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67 Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

Matthew 8

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

8:1 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper [10] came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus [11] stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”

The Faith of a Centurion

When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, [12] ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel [13] have I found such faith. 11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

Jesus Heals Many

14 And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. 15 He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. 16 That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”

The Cost of Following Jesus

18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

Jesus Calms a Storm

23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

Jesus Heals Two Men with Demons

28 And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, [14] two demon-possessed [15] men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29 And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. 31 And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” 32 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. 33 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

Footnotes

[1] 23:3 Hebrew sons of Heth; also verses 5, 7, 10, 16, 18, 20
[2] 23:6 Or a mighty prince
[3] 23:15 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
[4] 24:10 Hebrew Aram-naharaim
[5] 24:14 Or By her
[6] 24:16 Or a woman of marriageable age
[7] 24:22 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
[8] 24:48 Or faithfully
[9] 24:60 Or hate them
[10] 8:2 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
[11] 8:3 Greek he
[12] 8:9 Greek bondservant
[13] 8:10 Some manuscripts not even in Israel
[14] 8:28 Some manuscripts Gergesenes; some Gerasenes
[15] 8:28 Greek daimonizomai; also verse 33; elsewhere rendered oppressed by demons

  • Sam Funk

    Gen 23:19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah east of Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 The field and the cave that is in it were made over to Abraham as property for a burying place by the Hittites.

    This appears to be the first time that land was purchased by Abraham or any of his descendants. It’s as if he was transitioning from sojourner to resident (owner).

    Gen 24:36 And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master when she was old, and to him he has given all that he has

    Isaac and Laban would have been cousins. But there was a generation difference in their ages because Sarah had him so late. So Rebekah and Isaac would come from two different generations of their family.

    Matt 8:34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

    Merchants don’t want goodness to impact their livelihood. If you’re sa servant of the Lord and you impact business, be ready to be asked to leave.

  • CheriClark

    OT
    Gen 24: 26 -27 26 The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord 27 and said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me in the way to the house of my master’s kinsmen.”

    Then: God has planned every step of the servant’s journey. He has worked out all the details. The servant recognizing this goes to Him in prayer and worship.

    Always: We as believers should be quick to praise God for all He does in our lives.

    Now: The servant recognizes God’s hand in his travels. He knows that God has brought him to this place at this time for this purpose. Do we? Do we seek God’s guidance? And when it is given ignore it or fail to acknowledge it? Do we see Him in the plans but still we do not praise Him for working in our lives. May we be quick to acknowledge Him for all He has done in our lives. May we go to Him in prayer and worship.

    NT
    Matt 8:2 2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”

    Then: The leper comes to Jesus and says if you will, you can make me clean. And Jesus does.

    Always: Our actions need to show that we believe that God can.

    Now: What faith the leper showed. He believes that Jesus can heal Him. He also knows that it is Jesus’ decision. The leper does not demand what He knows God can do. He states his faith in the Lord’s ability to do it if He so desires. The leper shows respect for who Jesus is and shows deference for His will. Do we? First, do we believe that God has all power and can do all. After all, He is the Creator of the Universe. All things are under His control and plan. And then, do we acknowledge that some requests are possible but not all are good. For us. Not for someone else. I often think of a child who makes a request to their parents. Not all requests are granted. There may be nothing wrong with the request but the answer is no. That does not mean that the parent doesn’t love the child. It may mean that the parent loves them enough to say no. If a child asked me for a Porsche I would not give it to them. Nothing wrong with having a Porsche but even if the child has a license and drives, that car is probably more than a 16 year old can handle. May we come to God knowing that He can do all that we ask, but with the humility to know that He may not because He knows the best for us. And may we be content with that.

    • Karen Chien

      Thank you for the insight! Even a no is love from the Lord and yes we need to have contentment. So thankful we can learn so much as well being parents:)

    • Anne Ventura

      Yes, daily I recognize that my journey through life was interrupted and put on the right track when I became saved.

  • Sadie-Megin Daniels

    Genesis 24:14b – “…let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”

    This was the story I told my Sunday School kids this week–Isaac and Rebekah and how God makes good choices for His people. I love how it says “the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac.” We have been appointed to the task God has called us to do; what a tremendous honor and privilege to be appointed by God.

    • CheriClark

      Yes. Thank you for serving in KBC.

      • Sadie-Megin Daniels

        Thank you, Mrs. Clark. I serve at my home church in Lake Forest. It is the greatest honor and privilege to teach the little ones.

  • Karen Chien

    OT 12 And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham.

    THEN :the servant of Abraham is so dependent on the Lord and says an earnest and sincere prayer for success in finding a suitable wife for Abraham’s son, Isaac.
    Always: we need to be steadfast and earnest in our prayers for our daily living.
    NOW: such an encouragement to be in communication with daily prayer to our Lord. This establishes a trusting and confiding relationship that we are to be dependent upon the One True God and not on ourself or anything else.

    NT : 33 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

    Even when Jesus performed the greatest of miracles back then, people were only concerned about themselves. When there were demons in the surrounding area the people should have bowed down to worship Jesus and give praise and glory for His ultimate divine power. Instead They begged Jesus to leave ! And this was because the demons had to be casted into the pigs from the men and had to be thrown over the cliff to die. But with the sacrifice of not having any pigs that meant the herdsmen didn’t have an income or way of making money. And from this the herdsmen was upset at Jesus. So instead having an attitude of gratitude there was self focus and bitterness towards Jesus Christ the Lord. I don’t want to be the one that overlooks any of Jesus’s miraculous work in my life because He had already done great things that I am undeserving of…..He has given me eternal life. May I be used as an instrument for His glory and not myself.

    • CheriClark

      “This establishes a trusting and confiding relationship that we are to be dependent upon the One True God and not on ourself or anything else.” – So true!

  • Anne Ventura

    Gen. 24:7

    The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.

    Abraham must have remembered his mistrust of God when he had a son by Hagar, because now he is instructing his servant that God keeps his promises and will provide that promise regarding Isaac. Lord, may I trust in the blood of your Son not doubting but living under the promises you made to those you call your own.

    Mt. 8:21-22

    Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”

    Lord, I ask that you make it clear when I am not considering the cost of following you. When I am not first seeking the kingdom of heaven.

    • CheriClark

      Yes- may we trust wholly and only in the promises Christ has given us.

  • Alyssa Cuccia

    “But the centurion replied, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.'” Matthew 8:8

    It is amazing the power that our Lord holds; he is able to (in an instant) heal diseases, raise the dead, and answer any prayer with just a word. Something that often strikes me as I pray is that God could answer any of my prayers in a moment and it would be easy for Him. When I pray, I need to remember the character and the might of the God I am speaking to and trust in His perfect will. Because even though I pray in faith, I may pray a prayer that God says no to for now and I must trust that His will is far greater than mine. May we think often of the truth that “nothing is too hard for the Lord” and “with God all things are possible”, especially as we pray to our great God and present our requests to Him today.

    • CheriClark

      Yes!

  • CrisFrancisco

    Daily Bible Reading for January 9, 2017

    OT

    12 And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. (‭Genesis‬ ‭24‬:‭12‬ ESV)
    This is a great model of attitude from Abraham’s servant. Before you set out to do a task he sought the Lord in prayer. Father in Heaven, grant me success today to show steadfast love to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Help me to be part of what you’re doing today. Help me to work and to will for your good pleasure.

    NT

    2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (‭Matthew‬ ‭8‬:‭2-3‬ ESV)
    This leper understood that God was able to heal him. He made that clear with his words: if you will, you can make me clean.

    Father in heaven, give me faith to always believe that you are able to do far more abundantly and all that I ever ask or think. May it never be that I have not because I ask not. May I be known as a man of prayer, depending on you for everything.

    • CheriClark

      Yes- may we begin each day and each task seeking His will and His path.

  • Beth Metcalf

    And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” Matt. 8:26-27 (Thank you LORD for giving me that great calm… when I need it, during the storms! Forgive me for my lack of faith (at times) in your steadfast love and provision. May I ask you to keep my eyes on you, and thing things above, that are true. Most Ever Faithful Lord!)

    • CheriClark

      Yes, so grateful He gives His peace especially when things are not calm.

  • NonieS

    Genesis 24

    50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing has come from the Lord; we cannot speak to you bad or good. 51 Behold, Rebekah is before you; take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has spoken.”

    What faith Laban and Bethuel had, to send their daughter away with this servant. They sent her because the Lord had guided the servant to find a wife for Isaac. May I have that faith in my Lord, knowing that He knows the plans He has for me.

    Matthew 8

    2 And behold, a leper [10] came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3 And Jesus [11] stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
    8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.

    The leper and the centurion had faith that Jesus could heal. Jesus had healed many, but He said that the centurion had more faith than anyone in Isreal. Like in the OT reading, there was great faith in what the Lord can do. Is my faith that strong? Lord God, I pray that no matter what comes into my life, my faith in you would remain strong. Maranatha!

    • CheriClark

      Appreciaetd how you connected both the OT and the NT passages to faith.

  • RyanDamato

    Genesis 24-
    67 Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

    Arranged marriage was a cultural thing in early history. The groom and bride were brought together and arranged based on social status and location. Mutual respect had to be an intentional and God seeking practice in order that there would be peace and understanding within the home. With God fearing people obeying God’s call on their life, it would be a comforting and loving union.
    Christians should recognize God’s sovereignty in our marriages. He is truly involved in putting us together in marriage so we need to immediately find comfort and joy in the love of our spouses with the context of receiving them as gifts from the Lord.
    I’m so convicted as I read the last part of that verse and see how quickly they found love for each other and how they were comforted. I can only pray that my love for my wife would grow as we continue to know each other better rather than being convicted by an abrupt meeting of a husband and wife who seemingly found deep love for each other immediately. Just as God chose Rebekah for Isaac, He chose Kim for me and I want to love her and treat her as the gift that she is.

    Matthew 8-
    9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.

    26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

    Jesus is God who proves his Lordship out of commanding illnesses, weather patterns and demons to do what ever it is he wills. The two passages here show a man of great faith as well as men of little faith and the fact that no matter how much faith a person can have, they need the Lord Jesus himself to perform the acts of healing and controlling illness, weather and demons. The key phrase is “if you will” -or in other words- if it is your will for this, let it be so.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for a being a God that came to live the life of a human but still remain set apart as God, able to heal and command anything into obedience. I pray that you help me to come humbly before your throne and to seek your will in my life as the leper sought your will. Make me ready to serve whether your will is for me to be healthy or if you’re teaching me something through illness. No matter what, help me to always seek first your kingdom.

    • CheriClark

      Beautiful words about your love for Kim.

  • Stephanie Schwartz

    Matthew 8:9-10
    For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.

    The centurion had great faith in Jesus’ authority and ability to do as he pleases. May I have the same faith in Christ today. I trust him with my salvation; may I trust him with the “small” things too.

    • CheriClark

      Yes, how willing we are to accept that He is the author of our salvation but we still think we can handle our day.

  • Gen. 23:19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah east of Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan.

    ABRAHAM WAS OFFERED LAND BUT HE KNEW NOT ONLY THAT MONEY MATTERS BUT HONOR MATTERS AND COMES WITH A PRICE, AS WANTED TO HONORED THE DEAD BY PURCHASING THE BURIAL GROUND. DAVID HONORED HIS SOLDIERS THAT WERE IN THE BATTLE (in 2 Samuel 23:15-17) HE WAS TALKING OUT LOUD, LONGING FOR A DRINK OF THE WATER AT THE GATE OF BETHLEHEM AND HIS SOLDERS BROKE THROUGH THE PHILISTINE LINES AND GOT THE WATER, BUT DAVID POURED IT OUT (before the Lord) TO HONOR THE OTHER SOLDIERS THAT WERE STILL IN THE BATTLE.

    Gen. 24:60 60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring “possess the gate” of those who hate him!”

    THEY ALSO WISHED FOR HER OFFSPRING TO BE VICTORIOUS OVER THEIR ENEMIES (“possess the gate”), PERHAPS ECHOING
    GOD’S PROMISES OF POSSESSION OF THE LAND OF THE CANAANITES (13:17; 15:7; 16; 17:8). John MacArthur Study Bible

    Matt. 8:11-13 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

    I SPOKE TO MY DAD OVER LUNCH ON SATURDAY; I ASKED HIM “WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU GO WHEN YOU DIE? (HE IS NOW 85yrs OLD) AND HE SAID “I DON’T KNOW?” I TOLD HIM, “THAT’S NOT A GOOD PLACE TO BE, BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T KNOW, YOU ARE MOST LIKELY GOING TO HELL!” (THE TRUTH IS HARD TO SPEAK, BUT THE TRUTH CAN SET YOU FREE) I ELABORATED ON HELL ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE… I TOLD HIM AN ILLUSTRATION ABOUT “weeping and gnashing of teeth” HE KNEW VERY WELL AND I CERTAINLY DID… WHEN I WAS YOUNG I CUT MY FOOT ON A BROKEN BOTTLE IN AN ALLEY AND WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL. THE DOCTOR PUT A PIECE OF LEATHER IN-BETWEEN MY TEETH AND THEN TOOK A NEEDLE AND SHOT IT INTO THE CUT TO KILL THE INFECTION. I ASKED HIM IF HE REMEMBER ME BITING DOWN ON THAT PIECE OF LEATHER WITH ALL MY MIGHT AND THE HUGE GROWN THAT CAME FROM THAT, “DAD, THAT IS WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE IN HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY.” I EXPLAINED TO MY DAD THE GOSPEL AGAIN IN HOPES HE WOULD BE DRAWN TO THE FATHER AND HE WOULD SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN WITH HIM.

    Matt. 8:27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

    THE CULTS SAY JESUS WAS NOT GOD BUT HIS DISCIPLES AND THE ONES THAT WERE HEALED KNEW HE WAS GOD INDEED.

    • CheriClark

      Praying that your father comes to the place of saving grace.

  • Tracy Libby

    And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

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