by M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

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The Season of Pentecost – Choices Then and Now (2 of 8)
M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

As we found last week and will discover in the weeks to come, there many complexities to the women of the Old Testament. We will discover how she was honored, feared and obeyed; she named her children and was responsible for their education. She could inherit and become a landowner in her own right. However, foremost, the Old Testament is concerned with the personal relationship of women to God.
As time went on, there was a tendency under rabbinical teaching, to make the man more prominent and to assign women to an inferior role. This happened toward the end of the Old Testament and especially throughout the New Testament. We will discover these women later. Our discovery this week is Rebekah, Rachel and Leah and how their relationship applies to each one of us.

Rebekah – Genesis 24:1-67; 25:19-26:11; 27:1-30, 40-46
Rachael – Genesis 29:1-30; 30:1-33:20; 35
Leah – Genesis 29:21-35; 49:31; 46:70; 49:1-27; 48:1-22
Genesis 46 – 70 persons become a multitude 400 years later
Genesis 49:1-27 – Blessing of sons
Genesis 48:1-22 – Blessing of Joseph's sons

We go back to the last time and pick up where we left off with Abraham. Abraham did not want a Canaanite wife for Isaac. He directed Eliezar, his servant to go to Haran to the east to kinsmen to acquire a wife for Isaac. Isaac is now 37 years old and Sarah his mother has just died. The servant, Eliezar, trusted and beloved, was sent on a 550-mile journey to Haran. As the journey would take over 3 years he might not make it there and back before Abraham died. This is the same Eliezar that Abraham had adopted and asked God to be his descendant since no child had been born to Abraham by Sarah at the time of adoption.
Eliezar, a godly man, prayed that through various circumstances God would reveal and bring to pass such a maiden for Isaac. Upon arriving at a well in the eastern country and near Haran, the servant again ...

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