Day 2

Day 2

Written on 11/18/2019


Genesis 23:17-24:9

17 Thus the field of ‘Efron in Makhpelah, which is by Mamre — the field, its cave and all the trees in and around it — were deeded 

18 to Avraham as his possession in the presence of the sons of Het who belonged to the ruling council of the city.

19 Then Avraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Makhpelah, by Mamre, also known as Hevron, in the land of Kena‘an. 

20 The field and its cave had been purchased by Avraham from the sons of Het as a burial-site which would belong to him.

1 By now Avraham was old, advanced in years; and Adonai had blessed Avraham in everything. 

Avraham said to the servant who had served him the longest, who was in charge of all he owned, “Put your hand under my thigh; 

because I want you to swear by Adonai, God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not choose a wife for my son from among the women of the Kena‘ani, among whom I am living; 

but that you will go to my homeland, to my kinsmen, to choose a wife for my son Yitz’chak.” 

The servant replied, “Suppose the woman isn’t willing to follow me to this land. Must I then bring your son back to the land from which you came?” 

Avraham said to him, “See to it that you don’t bring my son back there. 

Adonai, the God of heaven — who took me away from my father’s house and away from the land I was born in, who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘I will give this land to your descendants’ — he will send his angel ahead of you; and you are to bring a wife for my son from there. 

But if the woman is unwilling to follow you, then you are released from your obligation under my oath. Just don’t bring my son back there.” 

The servant put his hand under the thigh of Avraham his master and swore to him concerning the matter.

 

Luke 9:57-62

57 As they were traveling on the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 

58 Yeshua answered him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds flying about have nests, but the Son of Man has no home of his own.” 

59 To another he said, “Follow me!” but the man replied, “Sir, first let me go away and bury my father.” 

60 Yeshua said, “Let the dead bury their own dead; you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God!” 

61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, sir, but first let me say good-by to the people at home.” 

62 To him Yeshua said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and keeps looking back is fit to serve in the Kingdom of God.”

 

Additional Readings

Matthew 8:19–22