Unnamed Servant

Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

Well, here it is, Sunday on the Prairie again. It has been a wet, cold and yes, actually snowy week here. I hitched up the Toyota wagon and turned on the horse power and started my way to church. I took the longer trail to get to church because my normal trail head to the church is full of holes, and when wet, quite muddy. Once at church, I did my greeter time, than sat down in the last row as usual.

The message today was particularly good but I can’t do it justice in this blog post. But please allow me to try to highlight one part of it at least. Today was the fourth week of a five week series on marriage. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I thought about taking a break during this series, but I just didn’t feel comfortable doing that. I think it was of the Lord because I have thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot that I could incorporate into my life.

Today’s message was about Abraham’s unnamed servant from Genesis 24 and how he is a picture of the Holy Spirit. I must confess I had never thought about that before. Just briefly, the servant made a covenant with Abraham to go find a wife for Isaac. As you read the account, a couple things stand out:

1. In Gen. 24:10-20 you find the servant praying. But he is not praying for himself. He is interceding for Abraham. As he prays, he also the bride he would be choosing for Isaac. He didn’t look for outward beauty, but looked for a bride with a good heart. He had a specific test in mind where the potential bride would go beyond and above giving him a drink but would also water the camels. Rebecca did just that. In the same way, the Holy Spirit looks at our heart, and draws us to Jesus Christ. What a great picture of the Spirit bringing us to salvation. Our natural heart is so hardened about seeking salvation, that unless the Spirit softens our heart, we will not come. But with God, all things are possible, as the scripture says!

2. One more thing for today. In Genesis 24:37 and beyond, the servant speaks, but he only speaks in behalf of his master. The servant knew the heart of his master and spoke accordingly. When we have the Holy Spirit, we have the heart of the Master. “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.”

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