This message was preached by Colin D via zoom Word of Grace Church, on Oct 4th 2020. For the audio please click here.. For the worship please Click here
Imagine you're sitting at home sipping a cup of hot tea with nice vada pav.
Your teenage daughter comes home with an expensive gold nose ring and gold
bracelets. Along with her come a few men asking for your daughter's hand in
marriage for someone in their family.
How would you feel?
In Genesis 24, we see a beautiful love story. This is the longest chapter in Genesis. In fact the creation of the world was narrated in 31 verses while this love story was narrated in 67 verses.
1, we see that Abraham was old and well advanced in age.
In verses 2 to 4, Abraham called the chief servant and asked him to find a wife for his son, Isaac by travelling to his own country. That's a tall order! How can someone find a wife like that?
5, the servant asks Abraham, what if the woman he finds is not willing
to come along with him to this land?
Should I take your son back to that country?
Abraham says, "No."
In verses 7-8 Abraham says that the God of heaven, who brought him out of his father's land and promised him an oath saying that he'd give this land to his offspring will send his angel before the servant so that he can get a wife for Isaac.
immediately the servant starts his journey by taking 10 camels with him.
Those days, camels were like Mercedes Benz. People with camels are known for their wealth. The journey was very long. It was about 500 miles.
In verse 10, we see that the servant reaches the town of Nahor. Near a well, outside the town, the servant made the camels kneel down. There he saw many young women coming to the well to draw water. Looking at the women, the servant prays to God - Lord, when I ask a woman for water, may the one for Isaac give me water and also say that she'd give water to my camels. Before he finished the prayer, Rebecca, daughter of Bethuel came to the well. When the servant asked her for water, she says, "Drink, my Lord. I will draw water for your camels too until they had enough."
We got to admire Rebecca because a camel drinks about 1600 litres of water after a journey. Imagine the number of times Rebecca would've drawn the water.
In verses 22, we see that the servant put an expensive gold nose ring and two gold bracelet on Rebecca and asked about her. Rebecca takes the servant to her father Bethuel who welcomes the servant with happiness.
Before even he had the food served to him, the servant told them about Abraham and how he had come this far to find a wife for Isaac. He told them about the prayer he made and that God answered by letting Rebecca come to the well and draw water for him and also the camels. Immediately Bethuel and Laban believed that this was from the Lord. They have Rebecca to the servant and asked him to take her and go.
next morning, Laban and his mother wanted Rebecca to stay with them for 10 days
and then go. But the servant asked that he be allowed to go back to his master.
So they all decided to ask Rebecca.
When Rebecca was asked, she said, "I will go."
Wow! What a woman of faith!
end of this story we see that while Isaac is in the field, he sees the convoy
The servant gives Isaac an account of everything that had happened in the town of Nahor.
And then Isaac and Rebecca get married.
In Luke 24:27, Jesus himself explains what was said in the old testament concerning himself.
Luke 24:27 - 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
So in this story of Isaac and Rebecca -
Where do we see Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
* Where do we see ourselves?
Let's go back to Genesis 24.
We see 3 things -
1. Faith of Abraham
Abraham was considered a friend of God, Father of all nations.
He was faithful and full of faith.
We see this in Abraham's movement from his
father's land to a place he didn't know.
We also see in Sarah conceiving at a very old age.
Yet again we see it when Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice his one and only son Isaac. Abraham knew that God promised that many nations will be blessed through his offspring, Isaac.
Still, Abraham trusted in God and took Isaac and made everything ready to sacrifice him. God provided a ram in place of Isaac.
2 Corinthians 6:14 - 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
The person you marry can either propel you towards the purposes of God or chain you back from fulfilling the purposes of God.
Here, we see our Father in heaven looking for a perfect bride - blameless, for His one and only beloved son, Jesus.
All of history is moving towards one climax - Marriage of Christ and his bride, the church.
Ephesians 5:23 - 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
2. Faithfulness of the servant
* The oldest of all
* In charge of everything
* Entrusted with a delicate matter
i) A man of obedience
Verse 10 says that the servant was quick to obey his master. The journey was
very long. It's 500 miles. Can you imagine?
Despite these facts, the servant was quick to obey his master.
ii) A spiritual man
In verse 12, we see
that the servant prayed to God.
Later on, when he found Rebecca, he worshipped God.
Genesis 24:26 Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, 27 saying, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.”
The servant knew his priorities and he relied on God for guidance.
Towards the end of the story, in verse 66, we see that the servant gave an account of everything that happened. He was accountable.
We're entrusted with a mission. We need to go
and preach the gospel.
Matt 24:14 says that the gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations. Only then will the end come.
Gospel is yet to be preached to all these groups.
Rev 7:9 - After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
3. Favor and Faith of Rebecca
In verse 16, we see that Rebecca was a beautiful woman, a virgin (holiness) and very hard-working.
We see the willingness to serve and also humility in Rebecca.
This nature of hers changed the whole story.
God's favor was upon her.
After Bethuel agreed to send Rebecca with the
servant to get married to Isaac, the next morning, Rebecca's brother, Laban and
his mother asked the servant if Rebecca could stay for 10 days and then go with
The servant asked them to let him go back to his master. So they decided to ask Rebecca.
Genesis 24:54 – 57 - 54 Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night there. When they got up the next morning, he said, “Send me on my way to my master.” 55 But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so; then you[e] may go.” 56 But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the Lord has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master.” 57 Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.”
In verse 58, when Rebecca was asked if she's willing to go with the man, she said, "I will go".
Rebecca didn't know anything about the man. But she decided to go with him because she believed what the servant explained and put her faith in God.
How do we see ourselves here?
Like Rebecca, make the decision so that you could be a part of this beautiful love story of Jesus and his bride - The church.
The servant goes to find a bride.
Rebecca put her faith and becomes the bride.
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