Day 14

Isaac & Rebekah

from the Genesis reading plan


Genesis 23:1-20, Genesis 24: 1-67, Genesis 25:1-18, Romans 9:9-24

One thing is true about the stories we enjoy. It does not matter if it’s a movie, a novel, or a television show. Whether fact or fiction, we all love this thing that pulls us to the edge of our seats—

Impossible odds.

Whether you’re talking about Frodo in The Lord of the Rings or the father and son in the The Road, we love stories where the heroes face an insurmountable situation. We look at the possibilities of what could happen and hope for the best, even when what we hope for is the least likely to happen. Most of us love to watch this kind of story to play out in the glow of flickering screens.

But let’s be honest, we don’t want to face impossible odds ourselves. We want everything to go smoothly. We want a wide margin of success available at all times and in every circumstance. The only time we want the hero to face impossible odds is in a story we are not participating in.

In Genesis 24, Abraham sends out his servant to find a wife for his son, Isaac. The timing of this is important. Abraham’s wife, Sarah has died. Abraham is not just looking for a wife for his son; he is believing the promises made to him by God.

But when Abraham sends out his servant to find a wife for Isaac, the servant is worried about his success. The odds seem to be impossible. You can imagine how difficult this would sound: he has to find a wife from among Abraham’s family, Abraham has to approve, her family must approve, and he has to worry about Isaac and the wife’s approval too.

Impossible odds.

But Abraham, who has watched God do the impossible to show Himself faithful to His promises, assures him that the promise-keeping God will go with him. So the servant goes, asks God to do what would be impossible apart from Him, and finds Rebekah. And, against all odds, everyone thinks this marriage is a great idea.

It is tempting to read this story and assume the point is that whatever impossible odds you are facing, God can meet them. But that’s not really it.

I want to direct your attention to another love story that, I believe, this love story points to. Both have seemingly impossible odds of success. This other love story also involves a man through whom God will keep His promises. He is man in search of a bride, and winning this bride looks impossible. It is the story of Christ and His church. This is the impossible story of Christ’s redemptive love for those who were His enemies. This is the story of the Holy One who goes after sinners (Romans 5:8).

We’ve all felt the impossibility of this. We know the dark corners of our hearts. We have wondered at the impossibility of God loving us because we know ourselves too well to believe what seems too good to be true.

But it is true. It is more true than anything else we think we know. And like Abraham’s servant, the only reasonable response is to praise the God who makes all things possible.

Written by Matthew B. Redmond 

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9 thoughts on "Isaac & Rebekah"

  1. Jeremy Hill says:

    The Gospel is Jesus chasing us with His never-ending love.

  2. Jeremy Hill says:

    Man needs to rely on God but thinks that all he needs is himself.

  3. Jeremy Hill says:

    God keeps His promises and can do what you think is impossible.

  4. Nathan says:

    The impossible is not impossible for God. He is the creator of all things and nothing goes unless he allows it. We weren’t saved because we did something. We are saved because he loves us and he gave us his mercy. We are his living children. We belong to him.

  5. Nathan says:

    I will trust that the Lord will provide and show me the path to take. When I’m lost or everything seems impossible, I will give it all to him and let him lead me.

  6. Nathan says:

    Our logical thinking makes it difficult to trust in the Lord when all seems lost and impossible. Our minds cannot comprehend what the Lord is doing.

  7. Nathan says:

    Lord give me your love and your mercy. Lord guide me in your light. Father I ask that everything that is going on around me wouldn’t stick to me, that it would fall off of me and not define me. Help me to put my trust in you. Amen.

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