Aug 15 2018
(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)
Learning from how Abraham’s servant interacted with God to find a wife for Isaac.
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Jun 21 2014
Genesis 24:1-67 – Finding the right girl for Isaac
A pilot was flying over a city. As he looked down from his aircraft he saw a driver struggling to overtake a truck. Whenever the road was straight there were oncoming cars, and when there were no cars the driver could not tell because of the blind corners. As the pilot saw the driver getting more and more frustrated he wished he could communicate with him because from high above the pilot could see way ahead and knew exactly when the driver should overtake.
God is in a position like that pilot, he can see far ahead and knows how the decisions we make today will impact tomorrow. He desires that we seek him concerning our important life decisions.
If you are about to make an important decision, the account of how Abraham’s servant found a wife for Isaac may help you. More
Apr 18 2013
Genesis 15: 1-6, 16: 1-5,12, 17: 17-21, 21: 1-7
If God promised you a child would you expect it to happen through your maid? No. You would expect your wife to conceive. Abraham’s decision to have a child through Hagar the maid was an act of impatience. Even in a culture where barren women resorted to having children through servants, you would not expect a promise of God to be fulfilled that way. And Abraham knew this; that is why he initially waited for it to happen through Sarah. But he and his wife started to wonder why it was taking so long, they colluded to have a child through their maid, and Ishmael was born. Ishmael was a work of Abraham not God, and he became a source of trouble even while he was still in his mother’s womb; fruitful Hagar despised barren Sarah. And later he and his offspring became a problem for Isaac and his descendants. The angel of the Lord summed Ishmael up saying he would be a wild donkey of a man, constantly hostile to all around him (16.12).
But through all this God stuck to his promise to give Abraham a legitimate son, and Sarah gave birth to Isaac in her old age; and how different he was. Isaac means ‘he laughs’ and he brought laughter to his parents because they both knew his birth was humanly impossible, he really was a work of the Spirit. In fact when the apostle Paul compares Abraham’s two sons in Galatians 4.21-31 he calls Isaac the son of the Spirit and freedom, and Ishmael the son of the Law and slavery. And he goes on to say “We are not children of the slave woman (like Ishmael), but of the free woman (like Isaac).” Here he opens the story up to contemporary application, and we will too. More