Summary: This is a study of the book of Genesis. Genesis and Revelation are two of the most disputed books in the Bible. The premise of this study is the foundation of creation.
Note: When doing a study on a book in the Bible you use a lot of resources. The major influence for me on this study of Genesis is The Genesis Record by Henry Morris.
If we study scripture we know of two institutions that God has given two the family. One we see from the beginning of Genesis but the other we don't find until the settling of the Israelites. What are these? Marriage and government.
Everlasting truth. If we will depend on God he will guide us in the right way. marriage or anything.
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
This was the way they made the oaths. Today we use hand shakes or even signed documents. The servant was probably the servant in ch 15 named Eliezer.
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:
Why do you think Abraham did not want Isaac to marry of the Canaanites? Of Noahs three sons in chapter 9 who was the father of the Canaanites?
Are we required to be separated in this world?
2 Corinthians 6:17* Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
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.
His servant asks Abraham what if I can't find a wife, should I take Isaac? Abraham says a resounding, NO, he must not leave God's chosen land.
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
Here we see the true faith of Abraham. He tells this servant God will have the answer. It is God who promised that Isaac would carry my seed and only he knows how. Trust in the way of the Lord. But if God decides not to work in this way then be patient he must have another way and our oath is broken.
What I understand from this passage is that God does not work the way we want him to, always. We must be patient and follow him. We must want his will and his will only. We must pray for his will and his will only.
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.
God requires us to be good stewards also. We are his servants he is our master. When we become Christians we make an other with him and seal it with obedience.
1Corinthians 4:2-AV Moreover it is required in stewards, that a
man be found faithful.
Romans 14:12-AV So then every one of us shall give account of
himself to God.
This was the custom. To give money and jewels to the family of the lady. It was a dowry. We see he took a good dowry.
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].
It was the custom in Abrahams time that the women would draw the water from the well for the house and the animals. So what better place to find a wife for Isaac. Jesus also took advantage of the well in John 4 to tell a Smaritian of the Living Water. Not just water in a well but the living water one that would bring eternal life.