For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself. ~Genesis 24:65
Our church is an exciting place to be at every service. We have first-time and returning visitors at almost every service. It is very special for me whenever members bring a visitor to church, and as soon as they see me, they hurriedly bring the visitor over and make an introduction. The introduction starts off with: “I would like for you to meet my pastor.” There is something special about a personal introduction. This morning, we are looking at a special introduction that the servant of Abraham made when he introduced Rebekah to her husband-to-be, Isaac.
We see the servant and his master.
This servant was the eldest servant in Abraham’s household. He had the most seniority in terms of age, service, and respect. He had the most stewardship. He was in charge of everything in Abraham’s house. We are told that this servant ruled over all that Abraham had. He had executive, decision-making authority on Abraham’s behalf. He was also the most celebrated in the house. He was trusted in everything. He had wisdom. He had discernment. He was spiritual and had a walk with God. The master had complete confidence and trust in this man’s ability and work. How much does God trust you as one of His servants?
We see the servant and his mission.
The servant is sent on a mission to find a wife for Isaac. The requirements were very strict. He was not to find Isaac a wife from among the pagans whom Abraham once lived with. He was to locate a wife among the closest of kin. This servant recognized that this was the most important mission that he had ever been sent on and that it was one that would require much prayer, discernment, and diligence. The servant was responsible for locating the potential woman, but if she decided not to come with him, he would be relieved of responsibility. His mission is a picture of the mission that our Lord entrusts to us. We are to bring unsaved people to our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to bring them to a saving knowledge of our Lord so that they, too, can become a part of the bride of Christ, His church.
We see the servant and the maiden.
The servant prays and asks God to show him the right maiden specifically. He makes a very specific request. He understands the scriptural principle: “Ye have not, because ye ask not.” Once he encounters this woman and she has demonstrated that she is the right one, he is introduced to her family. As the story unfolds, we see several important things about the interaction between the servant and Rebekah. She is an answer to the servant’s prayer. She has faith in the word that the servant brings. She accepts the tokens that he has brought for her. She is willing to leave her family and begin a new life with his master. The servant was a man who was credible in his words. He was a man who was compelling in his demonstration. He was a man who had conviction about whom he served. He was a man who was consecrated in his devotion and spirituality. Do you embody these servant traits?
We see the servant and the meeting.
The servant and Rebekah make the long journey back to his home. As they draw near, she sees a man approaching them in a field area. She asks the servant, “What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us?” The servant joyously replies, “It is my master.” The servant’s previous credibility has prepared Rebekah for this moment. She now meets the man whom she has heard so much about. He is everything that she had imagined and much more. She comes to him with desire, decency, and devotion. The mission of the servant was accomplished!
Let us follow the model of Abraham’s servant. Be a servant who our Lord can trust important tasks to. Let’s do more in helping others to meet our Master!
Have a servant-inspired God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Acts 7-8