Rebekah introduces us to a new way of living. Don’t just do what is required, don’t just do what is expected, don’t just do what you see others doing, but start living a lifestyle of ‘and then some’.
Today’s Reading: Genesis 23:1-24:51 (additional reading Psalm 9:13-20 and Proverbs 3:1-6)
We have in the Bible many types of Christ, Isaac is one such type. Have a think of some of the similarities between Jesus and Isaac, there are so many.
In the Bible it was the responsibility of the parents to find a partner for their child, and today we read that Abraham sent his trusted chief servant, to go out and find a bride for Issac. Now if Isaac is a type of Christ, this is dealing with much bigger issue then just finding a godly partner. If Jesus is the Bridegroom and we (the church) are his bride, it helps us see what God is looking for in a bride!
The Chief servant begins to pray at a well, v14 “I will ask one of them, ‘Please give me a drink from your jug.’ If she says, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels, also!’” she will be the one.
As he was praying, Rebekah comes up, offers him some water and then says “and by the way, I will inconvenience myself for a minimal of 3 to 4 hours, and I shall water your camels also.” Since it is unlikely that you are an expert in camels, we don’t really understand how much she had to do. There were 10 camels, each camel hold an average 40 gallons of water, and she had to fill every one of those camels, that’s 400 gallons (1820 litres) of water.
When Rebekah walked up to the servant and asked him if he would like some water, that was expected of her, that was normal in the Old Testament, but when she added these words ‘and I shall water your camels also’ everything changed because now she was saying ‘I am going to do everything expected of me, ….and then some’.
Most people only do what they have to do. Rebekah introduces us to a new way of living. Jesus put it like this ‘if they make you go one mile, then go two’. Don’t just do what is required, don’t just do what is expected, don’t just do what you see others doing, but start living a lifestyle of ‘and then some’.
Rebekah had no idea what those camels were carrying. For her, this was just a way of life. It wasn’t about the reward; this is just how she lived. The precious things were hidden in an ugly thing, a menial thing, in an unpleasant routine. It was hiding in going beyond what was expected. This apparently meaningless task became the gateway to an incredible future.
- Don’t despise small things – faithfulness with small things, bring huge rewards
- Don’t sit around waiting for the big moments – Big moments come to those who make the most out of the small moments.
- Help people – Rebekah wasn’t trying to be super spiritual, she just wanted to help somebody.
- Do your best and then some! There is no point going the second mile until you have done the first mile really well.
- Do you live in the second mile?
- What steps can you take today to do more for other and God?
Father, Thank You for allowing us to be part of your church. Thank You for making us a bride to Christ. Help us to show your love by given more, just as You are full of grace, mercy and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen