God's Promises Live Past Our Part in His Story
Topic: The Patriarchs - God's Persistent Call Passage: Genesis 24:45–24:67, John 4:7–4:15
A Recap from Sunday’s Sermon
Preaching Text: Genesis 24:45-67
In this chapter, the very elderly Abraham is concerned with finding a wife for his son, Isaac, so the covenant promises can be fulfilled in later generations. It is a chapter about leaving a legacy of faith. Believers must pass God’s plan to the next generation. God will eventually self-identify as the “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” He is not the God of just one generation. He promised to bless all families through Abraham’s offspring (Genesis 12:3).
God’s promise lives past our part in his story (ie: “history”).
This truth was a major motivator in our church framing our vision with these four words: “Extending Grace Discipling Generations”
Genesis 24 invites the question of how to make a major decision. God is faithful to lead us when we seek to honor him. Abraham charges his chief servant with the task of finding a suitable wife for Isaac from Abraham’s homeland. The servant prays to God, recalling his steadfast love (Hebrew hesed). He devises a scenario to identify the ideal character traits of a potential spouse for Isaac. In verse 15, God has already sent Rebekah to the well before the servant starts praying, reminding us that the Lord is leading our decisions. The narrator is showing the hidden hand of God guiding the lives of his faithful people. We can rest assured that he will complete the work he has begun in us.
Taking It Home: Read Matthew 6:27-33. Consider how much time and effort you are putting into making provision for your own daily needs compared with how much effort you are putting into seeking God’s kingdom. Refashion the decisions you make in light of your temporary life on earth and your eternal membership in God’s kingdom. Seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness.