Friday, August 27, 2010

Bible Notes: Gen 26-30

Gen 26:12-14. Isaac was very wealthy, as were Abraham (12:16; 20:14; cf. 14:14 -- 318 servants of fighting age!--not by any means the total number of servants) and Jacob (30:43).

Gen 29:31-30:24. It is the Lord who opens and closes wombs, who enables and prevents conception; I don’t think that has changed, even in today's society of fertility drugs, in vitro fertilization, sperm banks, etc.
--The Lord opens Leah’s womb (29:31).
--Leah acknowledges the Lord’s hand in her pregnancies in the naming of 5 of her 6 biological sons (29:32-33,35; 30:18-20).
--Jacob believes it is the Lord who has kept Rachel’s womb closed (30:2).
--Interestingly, this parental triangle engages in some fertility engineering by introducing two servants, Bilhah and Zilpah, into the mix (30:3-13).
--In two cases we’re told “God listened” to the woman, one time Leah and the other time Rachel, and enabled them to conceive (30:17,22).
--As a side note, the Lord also oversees the reproduction of animals, as we see Jacob experimenting with genetic engineering in his flocks (30:37-43; cf. 31:10-13).

PRAYER WATCH: Gen 30:17,22. Leah and Rachel each (apparently) pray to the Lord for open wombs, and he opens them.

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