Outline of Lesson 10
MAIN POINTS and
- Abraham emphasizes the importance of
marriage in the covenant.
- Rebekah was chosen as a wife for
- God gives revelation to women as well
Gen. 25: 22-23
- Esau sells his birthright to Jacob.
Gen. 25: 20-34
- Jacob marries Leah and Rachel in the
covenant, and through him the Abrahamic covenant continues.
Set up blackboard, lectern/easel for books, notes.
someone bring freshly popped popcorn into the room in a bowl.
“Doesn’t this smell good??” w/an evil smile and “How many of you are
fasting today?” and “Aren’t you
REALLY HUNGRY right about now? and finally “How many of you would eat this
popcorn if I started passing it around about now?” (Be honest!).
for tempting everyone, and cover the bowl and take it away. Do NOT pass it
not do this because you were fasting and I wanted to make you feel bad,
did it to show the similarity between something that is extremely tempting
and seems harmless on the surface, but can put a stop to something that
you are doing for the Lord. While breaking a fast is not a terrible thing,
once you do break a fast, you can’t say that you’re still fasting. In a
similar way but with graver consequences, giving in to temptation and
immediate gratification –whether it is before marriage or during
it—changes everything, too.
not mean you can’t repent
change your life permanently
take it back
important that we know the need to “keep fasting” as it were.
you CAN have the “popcorn” but only after the fast is over. (I bet a lot
of you will have some tonight after this), so the Lord is NOT keeping you
from it, but just making you wait until you can appreciate it in its
about how many times we’ve paid too much for something we thought we
wanted. Anybody have experience like that to share?
immediate gratification might be tempting, but it is not the answer.
Likewise, Abraham arranged carefully for Isaac to have a wife in its
proper time and with the proper person.
was Abraham so insistent that Isaac marry a woman who was not where they lived, in Canaan?
is it important that we marry in the covenant?
long has marriage in the covenant been a commandment of God?
Abraham sent his faithful servant Eliezer to find a wife for Isaac. How
could Eliezer tell that Rebekah would be a good wife for Isaac?
willing to help others (camels can drink up to 30 gallons of water a day,
and Eliezer had 10 camels with him)
means (goes to draw water herself, not her servants)
faith (hadn’t met Isaac before agreeing to marry him)
qualities do YOU want in a husband or wife?
qualities should each of us DEVELOP (whether or not we are already
married) that will make us a good husband or wife?
don’t believe in the statement, “I can’t change; that’s just the way I
am.” Do you?
do we know if we need to change? How can we actually change if we decide
Rebekah is quite the opposite of Isaac, isn’t she? It is interesting and I
think significant that in the story of Abraham’s heirs, the emphasis now
falls onto the woman. Although Abraham is promised a full posterity and a
great nation through his son Isaac, this story is more Rebekah’s, who
becomes a matriarch, mother of many nations, than Isaac’s. For a long
time, she is barren. (At least one scholar has suggested
that “It would seem that their lengthy state of childlessness led the
Patriarchs to pray to God more frequently. . .”) Then she conceives and
bears twins, who even in the womb, begin their lifelong struggle. It is
because of her difficult pregnancy that she says her prayers to God and
who provides her with revelation.
than one son from Rebekah at the same time guarantees rivalry, indicating
that Nature is not a reliable indicator of the transmission of the
blessings of the ages down through lineage
indicates again that the firstborn is not necessarily favored one, the
worldly expectation of favor
favors Esau, while Rebekah favors Jacob
Esau gets extremely hungry, he begs Jacob for immediate food (immediate
gratification theme!) and sells his birthright for a “mess of pottage.”
is the one who will be future of their posterity and also marry in the
covenant, while Esau marries a local girl, a Canaanite, actually 2
has to figure out a way, even to the point of deception, to get Jacob to
receive his birthright blessing from Isaac. What Jacob did to get the sold
birthright from Esau before isn’t enough. He needs the actual blessing
from Isaac; Isaac has to be involved.
lot of evidence to suggest that Isaac wasn’t all that naďve as to what
was happening, but it works; he, too, goes for immediate gratification (wants
to eat a good meal, so he gives the blessing)
lets the curse fall upon her, not Jacob, but he “hearkens unto her voice”
and does what she tells him to. Blessing of Jacob a deception, but
blessing in disguise because of Rebekah’s action. Through Jacob the line
continues. Through Jacob’s “Here am I, father” comes echos of Isaac’s own
“Here am I, father,” and Abraham’s “Here am I” (x 3) to the Lord.
Esau angry and hateful toward Jacob for a long time (though not forever)
marries Leah and Rachel in the covenant, and through him the Abrahamic
waits for 7 years but is tricked into marrying Leah
waits for another 7 years and is given Rachel
are married in the covenant to him.
word = Rebekah, means to bind with a noose, like tying cattle up to a
farmhouse, making a home. In many ways, Rebekah fulfills the Abrahamic
promise and, like good marriages, evens up the gender lines a bit more
even for our biblical history.