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A Woman of Wavering Faith-Rebekah

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Rebekah was certainly one of the most appealing young women in Scripture. She is portrayed as chaste and beautiful, courteous and helpful, hard-working, hospitable, as well as responsive and trusting. She was chosen as the intended bride for Isaac – Genesis 24:15-20 “And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up. And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher. And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking. And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.” I recommend reading the whole chapter 24 to see the story unfold, and how God accomplished His plan for His choice of wife for Isaac.

Verse 28 hints that her family ties were very close, as her first response when she returned from the well was to share with the women in her household all about her encounter with Abraham’s servant. For a girl to be chosen for marriage to a wealthy relative was indeed considered a blessing from God. Her father and brother also knew that this was from God – Verse 50 “Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.” But, the choice to leave home was Rebekah’s to make. This tells us how the young women in her culture enjoyed autonomy. (Verses 57, 58)

Rebekah volunteered a lowly service giving the camels water in verse 19. This was not a quick nor an easy chore for a young woman to accomplish. “And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.” This opened a lofty destiny to her as God worked His plan for her life through her mundane daily responsibilities. Her courage and faith at that time motivated her to venture from the familiarity of her family and friends to the unknown new life in a strange land.

God rewarded Rebekah’s faithfulness with a monogamous marriage that began with romance and loving affection (verse 67; Genesis 26:8). Also, in answer to Isaac’s prayer for his wife’s fertility, God removed her barrenness with the birth of twins, Esau and Jacob – Genesis 25:20, 21 “And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian. And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.”

It was in her later years that Rebekah’s unwavering faith of her youth faltered. Of course, I am sure it did not happen suddenly but over time as our falling out of close fellowship with God always comes about gradually. Her taking things into her own hands which direction her sons’ futures would take, instead of trusting God, showed a lack of reverence and respect for her husband and his leadership.

The thing I find so very sad about this whole situation is how both parents showed such strong favoritism to their sons. Naturally, this brought rivalry, deceit, and contention into their home – Genesis 25:28 “And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.” Proverbs 28:21 gives us some wisdom about favoring one person over another – “To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.” And that definitely took place in this instance!

A few thoughts here may help us to understand Rebekah’s motivation for her deceit: perhaps her discernment of her sons–that is, recognizing Esau as worldly and adventuresome and Jacob as having potential for spiritual sensitivity, or her own close connection to one son over the other, or maybe even a strong faith in God’s revealed plan in Genesis 24:23.

In any case, the deceiving of her husband was without excuse and her poor example to her sons was a far-reaching tragedy. Even if her motives was pure, her action was wrong. Sadly, she paid a bitter price in living out her final years in separation from the son whose presence she desired, in alienation from the son who would ever remember his mother’s deception toward him, and in broken fellowship from a husband who had loved her devotedly. You see, there is no way of escaping the consequences of our actions. Those consequences very often extend out to future generations as well.

As always when we take things into our own hands to bring about our best laid plans, God turns things around and uses it all for His purpose. But we sure can save ourselves some pain and heartache if we just leave things in His all-knowing and caring hands. Try not to let your faith waver.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2018 in Women of the Bible

 

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Returning to God

Renewal

The corruption of today’s church is ever increasing. The pattern found in Scripture and throughout church history, however, is this: Again and again God’s people have done what is right in their own eyes – Judges 21:25 “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes,” and God must call them back to obedience time and time again. The Law is given and the prophets are sent.

The message of John the Baptist, then Jesus, is delivered to the lost sheep of Israel – Matthew 3:2 “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The New Testament epistles are full of warnings against rejecting God’s laws and principles, disunity, and immorality. Yet, we let our fleshly desires reign and lead us away from the Godly morals that are really for our own good. This country is right there on the verge of God’s allowing the heathen nations to attack and take our great country captive in order to bring us to our knees in repentance, and draw us back to Him.

The prophet Hosea’s long-suffering love for Gomer is a parable of the price God will pay to woo His people back to Him – Hosea 3:1-5 “Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley: And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee. For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.” What a sad state of affairs that our loving God must woo mankind back to a right and good relationship with Him.

The prophet must show Israel their sin; show it to be exceedingly hateful. Their idolatry is the sin they are here charged with. Giving that glory to any creature which is due to God alone, is an injury and affront to God; such as for a wife to take a stranger, is to her husband. The Lord, doubtless, had good reasons for giving such a command to the prophet; it would form an affecting picture of the Lord’s unmerited goodness and unwearied patience, and of the perverseness and ingratitude of Israel. We should be broken and wearied with half that perverseness from others, with which we try the patience and grieve the Spirit of our God. (Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary)

One of the key roles of Christ today is to sanctify and cleanse the church – Ephesians 5:25-27 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Scripture strongly condemns religious leaders who lead others astray – Matthew 23:24, 27, 33Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.; Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness; Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Very strong words there stating how these who are leading astray will be held accountable even be sent to hell.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in God's Truth

 

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The Seed of Hope in the Promises of God

As we take a look at just a few of the very many promises God gives us in His Word, I am led to share a few words on the subject. The Bible is filled with the precious promises of God to His children. In fact, there are as many as 30,000 different promises recorded in Scripture. They are simple and sure! Because of who God is, His Word can be trusted!

A promise is the pledge to another to fulfill a specified act. Scripture memorializes God’s promises: by God to His children in John 14:13 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”, by God to Jesus in John 13:3-5 “Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.”, by one individual to another in Nehemiah 5:12 “Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.”, and by a believer to God in Ecclesiastes 5:4-10 “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God. If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they. Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field. He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” Christians are invited to claim God’s promises related to forgiveness, heaven, the Holy Spirit, answered prayer, guidance, comfort, and protection.

While the promises of God are given to all believers, they do carry a few stipulations, and rightfully so! God’s children must humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s will, and turn from evil in order to receive God’s promises – 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Oh how our country so needs to go to their knees and claim this promise! The fulfillment of God’s promises is directly related to the obedient responses of God’s children. There is great hope in the promises of God!

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2016 in God's Love

 

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“The Peace of God OR Your Peace”

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of “God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

“I have peace about what I’m doing,” is often the answer for anyone that is seeking to justify their wrong behavior or actions. After all, if one “feels” good about what they are doing it must be good or right! Yet, that which makes something wrong is Scripture. If the Word of God forbids or condemns something, it is sin, and thus wrong. How one “feels” is inconsequential to whether something is right or wrong. This peace that is being experienced is not the peace of God. One does not have the peace of God by doing what is contrary to God’s Word. The peace they have may be peace of mind. They possess this peace because they have thrown out the evidence of the Bible that would convict them of the sin they have done or are doing. They, therefore, are not convicted of their sin and are at peace with themselves. This is the peace the world gives, contrary to “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you;…” (John 14:27).

The peace of God comes from submission and obedience to the Word of God. Notice this peace is not understood by most folk. We are to let this peace of God rule in our hearts, not the peace of mind or of the world. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” (Colossians 3:15).” –Pastor Murray Douglas

The “peace of mind or of this world” comes when we turn away from church attendance, and soon to follow, searching His Word and spending time with our Lord. I know this because I have been “in the world” and experienced the peace of the world. That peace is nothing compared to the peace of God. Isn’t it something how we can be so easily taken in by satan’s lies and the lies some turn to in the corrupt versions of God’s Word which leave out and change much of God’s original Words that convict. God has preserved His true incorruptible Word in His KJV Word for centuries, and it is “quick” which means it is alive, and it convicts us to get us back on the right track with Him. So many are fooled by “feelings” and “feeling good.” That is just what our, and God’s, enemy wants. After having experienced God’s peace, I have no desire to ever again experience the “false peace” that this world offers.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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