Tuesday, September 20, 2022

60IN60 Day 16 - Tues Sept 20

It's Day 16 and we're in Genesis 24.

We'll be reading the stories of Isaac and Jacob from Genesis.

Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 14 - God doesn't usually grant requests like that, but sometimes His mercy is unusually generous.

- Verse 2 - "place your hand under my thigh" - This was the equivalent of a handshake back then.  It seems odd to us, but then again if someone 600 years from now heard that we pressed the palms of our hands together and shook them up and down, they might think that weird too.
- Verses 21, 27, 38 - He was wondering whether this woman was of Abraham's house.  Yes, it seems odd to us to marry fairly close relatives, but it was common back then when tribes and towns were usually relatively small.
- Verse 51 - The family had a lot more say back then in arranging marriages.  This seems weird to us because we're used to romantic love being the only standard for marriage.  Before we judge their system too harshly, we should probably remember the divorce rate that our system has created.
- Verse 67 - That means he married her.

If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.

If you have a question or comment, email me at butcher@ymail.com.

Your Comments and Questions:
- "I Corinthians 7 speaking of divorce - The Bible gives sexual immorality as an acceptable reason for divorce (Matthew 5:32). I've known couples ( man and woman) to marry, even have children, then one of them decides they are a different gender. For example, the wife married a man, and if the man now says he's female, is that biblical grounds for divorce ?  She didn't marry another woman, she married a man. Or should that be part of "for better or for worse" in the vows ?" - Interesting, complicated question that would require a really long answer to handle all the various aspects, but my short answer is this: if I had someone in my congregation in that situation, I would tell them that I think their divorce was Biblically justified.

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