Calvary Baptist Church of Waterbury, CT

Isaac and Jacob - Genesis 25-27

Dec 28, 2022    Dr. Craig Scott & Ben Lamont

The purpose of Genesis 24 is to explain how Isaac acquired his wife, Rebecca. The focus of the passage is not on Abraham, but rather, it focuses on the servant of Abraham, as he follows God’s guidance in finding the wife of God’s choosing. The emphasis therefore is on the providential work of God, in the circumstances of a faithful servant.  This account demonstrates how the LORD providentially insured the continual development of the promise by guiding Abraham’s faithful servant in the acquisition of a bride for Isaac.

This passage shows the providence of God in the lives of faithful people, ensuring in this case, the perpetuity of the covenant. Two considerations are important here. First, God is declared to be the sole cause of the events. For example, in Genesis 24:27 we find Abraham servant, declaring that “the LORD, led me to the house of my master’s brethren.”

Second, in this passage we discover God is working behind the scenes, directing every act. The account records no words from God, no miracles, or any prophetic message, however, within the passage.  What we do find God silently working through the circumstances of those who are acting in faith. The role of faith is expressed in the personal prayers and in the trusting in God’s guidance through every circumstance. These are the predominant thoughts. It is an object lesson in divine guidance. It is also a major part of God’s program for blessing.