Sunday, July 9. 2017             (New Living Translation)

Genesis 24:34-38 42-49 58-67
(Marriage of Isaac and Rebekah)
Psalm 45:10-17 (God has anointed you)
or Song of Solomon 2:8-13 (Song of love)
Romans 7:15-25a (The struggle within the self)
Matthew 11:16-19 25-30 (The yoke of discipleship) (New Living Translation)

Genesis 24:34-38
34 “I am Abraham’s servant,” he explained. 35 “And the Lord has greatly blessed my master; he has become a
wealthy man. The Lord has given him flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, a fortune in silver and gold, and
many male and female servants and camels and donkeys.

36 “When Sarah, my master’s wife, was very old, she gave birth to my master’s son, and my master has given
him everything he owns. 37 And my master made me take an oath. He said, ‘Do not allow my son to marry one of
these local Canaanite women. 38 Go instead to my father’s house, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my
son.’

Genesis 24:42-49

42 “So today when I came to the spring, I prayed this prayer: ‘O Lord, God of my master, Abraham, please give
me success on this mission. 43 See, I am standing here beside this spring. This is my request. When a young
woman comes to draw water, I will say to her, “Please give me a little drink of water from your jug.” 44 If she
says, “Yes, have a drink, and I will draw water for your camels, too,” let her be the one you have selected to be
the wife of my master’s son.’

45 “Before I had finished praying in my heart, I saw Rebekah coming out 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.’ 46 She quickly lowered
her jug from her shoulder and said, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels, too!’ So I drank, and then
she watered the camels.

47 “Then I asked, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She replied, ‘I am the daughter of Bethuel, and my grandparents
are Nahor and Milcah.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her wrists.

48 “Then I bowed low and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master, Abraham, because he
had led me straight to my master’s niece to be his son’s wife. 49 So tell me—will you or won’t you show unfailing
love and faithfulness to my master? Please tell me yes or no, and then I’ll know what to do next.”

Genesis 24:58-67
58 So they called Rebekah. “Are you willing to go with this man?” they asked her.

And she replied, “Yes, I will go.”

59 So they said good-bye to Rebekah and sent her away with Abraham’s servant and his men. The woman who
had been Rebekah’s childhood nurse went along with her. 60 They gave her this blessing as she parted:

“Our sister, may you become
  the mother of many millions!
May your descendants be strong
  and conquer the cities of their enemies.”
61 Then Rebekah and her servant girls mounted the camels and followed the man. So Abraham’s servant took
Rebekah and went on his way.

62 Meanwhile, Isaac, whose home was in the Negev, had returned from Beer-lahai-roi. 63 One evening as he was
walking and meditating in the fields, he looked up and saw the camels coming. 64 When Rebekah looked up and
saw Isaac, she quickly dismounted from her camel. 65 “Who is that man walking through the fields to meet us?”
she asked the servant.

And he replied, “It is my master.” So Rebekah covered her face with her veil. 66 Then the servant told Isaac
everything he had done.

67 And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and
she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother.

Psalm 45:10-17
10 Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say.
  Forget your people and your family far away.
11 For your royal husband delights in your beauty;
  honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The princess of Tyre[a] will shower you with gifts.
  The wealthy will beg your favor.
13 The bride, a princess, looks glorious
  in her golden gown.
14 In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king,
  accompanied by her bridesmaids.
15 What a joyful and enthusiastic procession
  as they enter the king’s palace!
16 Your sons will become kings like their father.
  You will make them rulers over many lands.
17 I will bring honor to your name in every generation.
  Therefore, the nations will praise you forever and ever.

Footnotes:
45:12 Hebrew The daughter of Tyre.


Song of Solomon 2:8-13
8 Ah, I hear my lover coming!
  He is leaping over the mountains,
  bounding over the hills.
9 My lover is like a swift gazelle
  or a young stag.
Look, there he is behind the wall,
  looking through the window,
  peering into the room.
10 My lover said to me,
  “Rise up, my darling!
  Come away with me, my fair one!
11 Look, the winter is past,
  and the rains are over and gone.
12 The flowers are springing up,
  the season of singing birds[a] has come,
  and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air.
13 The fig trees are forming young fruit,
  and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming.
Rise up, my darling!
  Come away with me, my fair one!”


Footnotes:
2:12 Or the season of pruning vines.


Romans 7:15-25
15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.
16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the
one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] I want to do what is right, but I can’
t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do
what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.
22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power[b] within me that is at war with my mind.
This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will
free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our
Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a
slave to sin.

Footnotes:
7:18 Greek my flesh; also in 7:25.
7:23 Greek law; also in 7:23b.


Matthew 11:16-19
16 “To what can I compare this generation? It is like children playing a game in the public square. They complain
to their friends,

17 ‘We played wedding songs,
  and you didn’t dance,
so we played funeral songs,
  and you didn’t mourn.’
18 For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ 19 The Son of
Man,[a] on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax
collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”

Footnotes:
11:19 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.


Matthew 11:25-30
Jesus’ Prayer of Thanksgiving
25 At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these
things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. 26 Yes,
Father, it pleased you to do it this way!

27 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly
knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for
your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”