Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of Trusting God Through the Tests of Life
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize 2 Corinthians 10:12 and 1 John 3:18

Week 4: Day 2

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Genesis 29-30; 24

29:1 So Jacob moved on and came to the land of the eastern people. 2He saw in the field a well with three flocks of sheep lying beside it, because the flocks were watered from that well. Now a large stone covered the mouth of the well. 3When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds would roll the stone off the mouth of the well and water the sheep. Then they would put the stone back in its place over the well’s mouth. 4Jacob asked them, “My brothers, where are you from?” They replied, “We’re from Haran.” 5So he said to them, “Do you know Laban, the grandson of Nahor?” “We know him,” they said. 6“Is he well?” Jacob asked. They replied, “He is well. Now look, here comes his daughter Rachel with the sheep.” 7Then Jacob said, “Since it is still the middle of the day, it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. You should water the sheep and then go and let them graze some more.” 8“We can’t,” they said, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone is rolled off the mouth of the well. Then we water the sheep.” 9While he was still speaking with them, Rachel arrived with her father’s sheep, for she was tending them. 10When Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of his uncle Laban, and the sheep of his uncle Laban, he went over and rolled the stone off the mouth of the well and watered the sheep of his uncle Laban. 11Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep loudly. 12When Jacob explained to Rachel that he was a relative of her father and the son of Rebekah, she ran and told her father. 13When Laban heard this news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he rushed out to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house. Jacob told Laban how he was related to him. 14Then Laban said to him, “You are indeed my own flesh and blood.” So Jacob stayed with him for a month. 15Then Laban said to Jacob, “Should you work for me for nothing because you are my relative? Tell me what your wages should be.” 16(Now Laban had two daughters; the older one was named Leah, and the younger one Rachel. 17Leah’s eyes were tender, but Rachel had a lovely figure and beautiful appearance.) 18Since Jacob had fallen in love with Rachel, he said, “I’ll serve you seven years in exchange for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19Laban replied, “I’d rather give her to you than to another man. Stay with me.” 20So Jacob worked for seven years to acquire Rachel. But they seemed like only a few days to him because his love for her was so great. 21Finally Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my time of service is up. And I want to sleep with her.” 22So Laban invited all the people of that place and prepared a feast. 23In the evening he brought his daughter Leah to Jacob, and he slept with her. 24(Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) 25In the morning Jacob discovered it was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What in the world have you done to me? Didn’t I work for you in exchange for Rachel? Why have you tricked me?” 26“It is not our custom here,” Laban replied, “to give the younger daughter in marriage before the firstborn. 27Complete my older daughter’s bridal week. Then we will give you the younger one too, in exchange for seven more years of work.” 28Jacob did as Laban said. When Jacob completed Leah’s bridal week, Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29(Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) 30Jacob slept with Rachel as well. He also loved Rachel more than Leah. Then he worked for Laban for seven more years. 31When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he enabled her to become pregnant while Rachel remained childless. 32So Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “The Lord has looked with pity on my oppressed condition. Surely my husband will love me now.” 33She became pregnant again and had another son. She said, “Because the Lord heard that I was unloved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon. 34She became pregnant again and had another son. She said, “Now this time my husband will show me affection, because I have given birth to three sons for him.” That is why he was named Levi. 35She became pregnant again and had another son. She said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” That is why she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children. 30:1 When Rachel saw that she could not give Jacob children, she became jealous of her sister. She said to Jacob, “Give me children or I’ll die!” 2Jacob became furious with Rachel and exclaimed, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” 3She replied, “Here is my servant Bilhah! Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I can have a family through her.” 4So Rachel gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob slept with her. 5Bilhah became pregnant and gave Jacob a son. 6Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me. He has responded to my prayer and given me a son.” That is why she named him Dan. 7Bilhah, Rachel’s servant, became pregnant again and gave Jacob another son. 8Then Rachel said, “I have fought a desperate struggle with my sister, but I have won.” So she named him Naphtali. 9When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she gave her servant Zilpah to Jacob as a wife. 10Soon Leah’s servant Zilpah gave Jacob a son. 11Leah said, “How fortunate!” So she named him Gad. 12Then Leah’s servant Zilpah gave Jacob another son. 13Leah said, “How happy I am, for women will call me happy!” So she named him Asher. 14At the time of the wheat harvest Reuben went out and found some mandrake plants in a field and brought them to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” 15But Leah replied, “Wasn’t it enough that you’ve taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes too?” “All right,” Rachel said, “he may go to bed with you tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.” 16When Jacob came in from the fields that evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must sleep with me because I have paid for your services with my son’s mandrakes.” So he went to bed with her that night. 17God paid attention to Leah; she became pregnant and gave Jacob a son for the fifth time. 18Then Leah said, “God has granted me a reward because I gave my servant to my husband as a wife.” So she named him Issachar. 19Leah became pregnant again and gave Jacob a son for the sixth time. 20Then Leah said, “God has given me a good gift. Now my husband will honor me because I have given him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun. 21After that she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah. 22Then God took note of Rachel. He paid attention to her and enabled her to become pregnant. 23She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Then she said, “God has taken away my shame.” 24She named him Joseph, saying, “May the Lord give me yet another son.” 25After Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me on my way so that I can go home to my own country. 26Let me take my wives and my children whom I have acquired by working for you. Then I’ll depart, because you know how hard I’ve worked for you.” 27But Laban said to him, “If I have found favor in your sight, please stay here, for I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me on account of you.” 28He added, “Just name your wages—I’ll pay whatever you want.” 29“You know how I have worked for you,” Jacob replied, “and how well your livestock have fared under my care. 30Indeed, you had little before I arrived, but now your possessions have increased many times over. The Lord has blessed you wherever I worked. But now, how long must it be before I do something for my own family too?” 31So Laban asked, “What should I give you?” “You don’t need to give me a thing,” Jacob replied, “but if you agree to this one condition, I will continue to care for your flocks and protect them: 32Let me walk among all your flocks today and remove from them every speckled or spotted sheep, every dark-colored lamb, and the spotted or speckled goats. These animals will be my wages. 33My integrity will testify for me later on. When you come to verify that I’ve taken only the wages we agreed on, if I have in my possession any goat that is not speckled or spotted or any sheep that is not dark-colored, it will be considered stolen.” 34“Agreed!” said Laban, “It will be as you say.” 35So that day Laban removed the male goats that were streaked or spotted, all the female goats that were speckled or spotted (all that had any white on them), and all the dark-colored lambs, and put them in the care of his sons. 36Then he separated them from Jacob by a three-day journey, while Jacob was taking care of the rest of Laban’s flocks. 37But Jacob took fresh-cut branches from poplar, almond, and plane trees. He made white streaks by peeling them, making the white inner wood in the branches visible. 38Then he set up the peeled branches in all the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink. He set up the branches in front of the flocks when they were in heat and came to drink. 39When the sheep mated in front of the branches, they gave birth to young that were streaked or speckled or spotted. 40Jacob removed these lambs, but he made the rest of the flock face the streaked and completely dark-colored animals in Laban’s flock. So he made separate flocks for himself and did not mix them with Laban’s flocks. 41When the stronger females were in heat, Jacob would set up the branches in the troughs in front of the flock, so they would mate near the branches. 42But if the animals were weaker, he did not set the branches there. So the weaker animals ended up belonging to Laban and the stronger animals to Jacob. 43In this way Jacob became extremely prosperous. He owned large flocks, male and female servants, camels, and donkeys. (NET Bible)
24:1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years, and the Lord had blessed him in everything. 2Abraham said to his servant, the senior one in his household who was in charge of everything he had, “Put your hand under my thigh 3so that I may make you solemnly promise by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth: You must not acquire a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living. 4You must go instead to my country and to my relatives to find a wife for my son Isaac.” 5The servant asked him, “What if the woman is not willing to come back with me to this land? Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” 6“Be careful never to take my son back there!” Abraham told him. 7“The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and the land of my relatives, promised me with a solemn oath, ‘To your descendants I will give this land.’ He will send his angel before you so that you may find a wife for my son from there. 8But if the woman is not willing to come back with you, you will be free from this oath of mine. But you must not take my son back there!” 9So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and gave his solemn promise he would carry out his wishes. 10Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed with all kinds of gifts from his master at his disposal. He journeyed to the region of Aram Naharaim and the city of Nahor. 11He made the camels kneel down by the well outside the city. It was evening, the time when the women would go out to draw water. 12He prayed, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, guide me today. Be faithful to my master Abraham. 13Here I am, standing by the spring, and the daughters of the people who live in the town are coming out to draw water. 14I will say to a young woman, ‘Please lower your jar so I may drink.’ May the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac reply, ‘Drink, and I’ll give your camels water too.’ In this way I will know that you have been faithful to my master.” 15Before he had finished praying, there came Rebekah with her water jug on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah (Milcah was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor). 16Now the young woman was very beautiful. She was a virgin; no man had ever been physically intimate with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jug, and came back up. 17Abraham’s servant ran to meet her and said, “Please give me a sip of water from your jug.” 18“Drink, my lord,” she replied, and quickly lowering her jug to her hands, she gave him a drink. 19When she had done so, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have drunk as much as they want.” 20She quickly emptied her jug into the watering trough and ran back to the well to draw more water until she had drawn enough for all his camels. 21Silently the man watched her with interest to determine if the Lord had made his journey successful or not. 22After the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold wrist bracelets weighing ten shekels and gave them to her. 23“Whose daughter are you?” he asked. “Tell me, is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?” 24She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom Milcah bore to Nahor. 25We have plenty of straw and feed,” she added, “and room for you to spend the night.” 26The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord, 27saying, “Praised be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his faithful love for my master! The Lord has led me to the house of my master’s relatives!” 28The young woman ran and told her mother’s household all about these things. 29(Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban.) Laban rushed out to meet the man at the spring. 30When he saw the bracelets on his sister’s wrists and the nose ring and heard his sister Rebekah say, “This is what the man said to me,” he went out to meet the man. There he was, standing by the camels near the spring. 31Laban said to him, “Come, you who are blessed by the Lord! Why are you standing out here when I have prepared the house and a place for the camels?” 32So Abraham’s servant went to the house and unloaded the camels. Straw and feed were given to the camels, and water was provided so that he and the men who were with him could wash their feet. 33When food was served, he said, “I will not eat until I have said what I want to say.” “Tell us,” Laban said. 34“I am the servant of Abraham,” he began. 35“The Lord has richly blessed my master and he has become very wealthy. The Lord has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys. 36My master’s wife Sarah bore a son to him when she was old, and my master has given him everything he owns. 37My master made me swear an oath. He said, ‘You must not acquire a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, 38but you must go to the family of my father and to my relatives to find a wife for my son.’ 39But I said to my master, ‘What if the woman does not want to go with me?’ 40He answered, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you. He will make your journey a success and you will find a wife for my son from among my relatives, from my father’s family. 41You will be free from your oath if you go to my relatives and they will not give her to you. Then you will be free from your oath.’ 42When I came to the spring today, I prayed, ‘O Lord, God of my master Abraham, if you have decided to make my journey successful, may events unfold as follows: 43Here I am, standing by the spring. When the young woman goes out to draw water, I’ll say, “Please give me a little water to drink from your jug.” 44Then she will reply to me, “Drink, and I’ll draw water for your camels too.” May that woman be the one whom the Lord has chosen for my master’s son.’ 45“Before I finished praying in my heart, along came Rebekah with her water jug on her shoulder! She went down to the spring and drew water. So I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’ 46She quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and said, ‘Drink, and I’ll give your camels water too.’ So I drank, and she also gave the camels water. 47Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She replied, ‘The daughter of Bethuel the son of Nahor, whom Milcah bore to Nahor.’ I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her wrists. 48Then I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right path to find the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son. 49Now, if you will show faithful love to my master, tell me. But if not, tell me as well, so that I may go on my way.” 50Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “This is the Lord’s doing. Our wishes are of no concern. 51Rebekah stands here before you. Take her and go so that she may become the wife of your master’s son, just as the Lord has decided.” 52When Abraham’s servant heard their words, he bowed down to the ground before the Lord. 53Then he brought out gold, silver jewelry, and clothing and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave valuable gifts to her brother and to her mother. 54After this, he and the men who were with him ate a meal and stayed there overnight. When they got up in the morning, he said, “Let me leave now so I can return to my master.” 55But Rebekah’s brother and her mother replied, “Let the girl stay with us a few more days, perhaps ten. Then she can go.” 56But he said to them, “Don’t detain me—the Lord has granted me success on my journey. Let me leave now so I may return to my master.” 57Then they said, “We’ll call the girl and find out what she wants to do.” 58So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Do you want to go with this man?” She replied, “I want to go.” 59So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, accompanied by her female attendant, with Abraham’s servant and his men. 60They blessed Rebekah with these words: “Our sister, may you become the mother of thousands of ten thousands! May your descendants possess the strongholds of their enemies.” 61Then Rebekah and her female servants mounted the camels and rode away with the man. So Abraham’s servant took Rebekah and left. 62Now Isaac came from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63He went out to relax in the field in the early evening. Then he looked up and saw that there were camels approaching. 64Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65and asked Abraham’s servant, “Who is that man walking in the field toward us?” “That is my master,” the servant replied. So she took her veil and covered herself. 66The servant told Isaac everything that had happened. 67Then Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took her as his wife and loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. (NET Bible)

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