One of the best benefits to me in this life is bound up in what the Lord does NOT say in His Word. And, oddly enough, my first example of this came from this same passage, describing in great detail one single act of worship.
No, this isn’t double talk. That’s for the trained professional, something I’m definitely not. It’s plain, simple, quite unoriginal, and just as valuable as the things He says repeatedly.
Now in all due fairness I must admit that I missed this one the first few times…(Gen. 24:63) until one day I noticed something two chapters later. “Hold on a second. Where did Isaac go? We haven’t seen him for two chapters. It seems he shows up out of nowhere…meditating. That’s no coincidence. Why is this here, and what, if anything, do I do with this?”
I kept meditating in that way every time I’d see this passage, because by now questions like this were piling up. In fact, they still are. But another student tipped me off a few years later. “Have you noticed that Isaac disappears from the record in Genesis 22, and reappears two chapters later?”
“Wait up. That can’t be. They walked in agreement together. They have to have come down the mountain together.”
So I turned to Genesis 22 to be sure. (22:7, 19).
Read the text. Isaac disappeared from the record right after he asked Abraham about the offering in v. 7. He’s absent only in print when Abraham returned in v. 19. He only reappears (24:63) while meditating, and apparently anticipating his wife-to-be. All of this turns out to be a rare and simple model of Christ uniting with His Church. That’s at least a half a dozen things I learned that night. Apparently, the Author of Scripture doesn’t just write. He edits.
One of the best benefits to me in this life is bound up in what the Lord does NOT say. And, oddly enough, my first example of this came from this same passage, describing in great detail one single act of worship.