Come Follow Me LDS 2022 (Feb 21-27) Genesis 24-27 | Isaac and Rebekah – powered by Happy Scribe
The Abrahamic Covenant is one of the most important connections God has made with man. It’s a key Covenant that will enable us to one day reach exaltation if we’re worthy. So it’s vitally important that it’s given to covenantkeeping righteous people who believe in God and and follow his plan. Today, we’ll see two ways that Abraham’s family pass bound the Covenant.
Abraham, now a widower, loves Isaac very much, but because there’s no righteous women in the area where they live, he’s unmarried, but a very eligible Bachelor. After many years, Abraham sends his most trusted servant to find a Covenant keeping wife for Isaac. This servant has no idea how he’s going to do this, but Abraham promises him that the angel of the Lord will help him. When he arrives in the land of Nahor, where Abraham’s extended family lives, he stops at a well and asks the Lord to help him figure out who to choose. His plan is that if a woman comes to draw water, he will ask her for a drink.
And if she also offers to give water to his camels, then he’ll know that she’s the one God wants Isaac to marry. And wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles. Before he finishes praying, Rebecca, the granddaughter of Abraham’s brother, appears surprised. Abraham’s servant runs over and asks her for a drink, and she quickly draws some water for him from the well, after which she immediately offers to draw water for the camels until they’re filled. Whoa.
This is exactly what he prayed would happen. Now, Rebecca is beautiful, but more importantly, she’s kind, self sacrificing, and diligent because, honestly, camels drink a lot of water over and over and over again. She refills her picture to get enough water for all of the camels. Amazed, the servant knows this incredible woman will be a perfect wife. Isaac.
Rebecca then invites Abraham’s servant to stay with her family, and over dinner, he explains why he’s there and asks them if they’ll agree to let Rebecca go. They’re okay with it, but allow Rebecca to make her own choice. Happily, she agrees to marry Isaac. Hooray, let’s eat. Approaching the land where Abraham and Isaac dwell, Rebecca sees Isaac meditating in the field.
At the sound of the camels, Isaac slowly lifts up his eyes and cue lights and music. Their eyes meet. Rebecca jumps off her camel. Slowly, they run to each other. As they meet, their eyes lock hopelessly in love.
How romantic. At least that’s how I picture it. Truthfully, they do fall in love, and Isaac and Rebecca Mary God now has another righteous family to pass on his Covenant. Years later, Abraham passes away and Isaac inherits all his father had, including the birthright, which not only provides a greater inheritance, but also a greater responsibility to care for the rest of the family. This birthright is traditionally passed down to the oldest son, but with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, we’ll find this isn’t always the case.
Now, for many years, Rebecca is unable to have children, and they continually pray to the Lord for a child. Sound familiar? However, Rebecca is finally blessed to conceive twins who alarmingly often seem to struggle and fight inside of her, praying for understanding. The Lord reveals their destiny by telling Rebecca, two nations are in thy womb and the one shall be stronger than the other and the elder shall serve the younger. Eventually, Rebecca gives birth to Esaw And then to Jacob.
One day, when they’re adults, Esaw stumbles in from the field. Famished, he begs Jacob, I’m starving. Give me something to eat. And Jacob replies, okay, but first, sell me the birthright. Esa, possibly being a little overdramatic, responds, dude, I’m about to die.
A birthright is not going to fill my stomach. So Esau gives Jacob his birthright. In return, Jacob serves Esau a delicious meal of bread and stew. Later, Esau marries two hit tied women, Turning his back on the faith of his fathers, Breaking his Covenant And further letting his birthright slip away. Fast forward again and Isaac calls his oldest son, Isa, into his tent and tells him to make a tasty meal, after which he’ll give him his final blessing before he dies.
Nearby, Rebecca overhears Isaac and remembering that God had told her the older son would serve the younger. And since ESA had already given up the birthright, she makes a plan to ensure that Jacob will get the first blessing. And they trick Isaac. It is quite a process, but the important point is that Isaac’s blessing to Jacob Includes the birthright and the continuation of the Abrahamic Covenant. Later, when Isaac discovers he’s been misled, he certainly could have changed or revoked the blessing, but he wisely chose not to.
Now many are confused by the deception that happens here. But we know that it was God’s will for Jacob to receive the blessing and that he renewed his Covenant with him. Look, one day God will fill in the blanks, but today we’re grateful to be recipients of the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Like us, they weren’t perfect people, but they were righteous Covenant keeping people who God could renew his Covenant with. Indeed, worthiness is not flawlessness.
Oh, about Esau. Yeah, he angrily threatens to kill Jacob When he finds out he’s lost the blessing and Jacob flees. And that’s where our story picks up next time.
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Our Divine Birthright
Genesis 24-27 | February 21-27
Abraham wanted to find a wife for his son Isaac. He sent his servant to find a righteous woman Isaac could marry. The servant prayed for help to know who he should choose. He met Rebekah at a well. She was kind and helped the servant get a drink and also drew water for his camels. The servant knew this was the woman Isaac should marry. Rebekah went with the servant to meet Isaac and they were married. The Abrahamic covenant was renewed through Isaac.
Isaac and Rebekah later had twin boys named Esau and Jacob. One day, Esau came back from the field and was very hungry. Jacob asked Esau if he would trade his birthright for some food. A birthright was usually given to the oldest son, and Esau was the oldest. The birthright gave a son a greater inheritance and a responsibility to care for the family. Esau traded his birthright to Jacob for some food. He was more concerned about his current situation than about his future.
We can inherit a divine birthright from our Heavenly Father. He has promised us eternal life if we love Him and try our best to follow Him. We must be careful not to give away our birthright for immediate gratification like Esau did.
Read and Discuss
“Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto they seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;”
- How did Abraham’s servant know Rebekah was the right woman to choose for Isaac?
- What is a birthright?
- What is our divine birthright?
“Your lineage is important. It means that you are included in the promises given to Abraham that through him all the nations of the world would be blessed. Your lineage is a ‘blood relationship.’ That makes you literally ‘children of the prophets’ with a noble birthright. That is why we often say that you are ‘youth of the noble birthright’ and belong to a royal, ‘chosen generation.’” Julie B. Beck
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