My Master’s Power and Possessions / Credibility

After recognizing his position as servant, Abraham’s eldest servants starts out by telling the house of Bethuel about the power and possessions of Abraham. He states that “the LORD had blessed his master greatly and that his master is great, who has been given by the LORD, flocks, and herds, and fortunes of silver, and gold, and male- and female-servants, and camels, and donkeys. This not only establishes his master’s possessions, but also the master’s credibility and power (Note, how in the servant’s statement, the word “great” is used not once but twice).

Points to ponder:
Jesus, our Master has been given dominion and authority over all things, for everything is put under his feet and he has been made head of all things for the benefit of the church, by the LORD God (1 Corinthians 15:27; Ephesians 1:22). He is The Master over all persons and things. He is exceedingly great and he alone is God (Psalm 86:10). He is in possession of all things for everything belongs to him – the earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell in it (Psalm 24:1). Jesus is not only Powerful but the Possessor of all things.

Often we seek after power and after ephemeral possessions, failing to recognize that when we have Jesus, as our Master and Lord (John 13:13), we have ultimate power and utmost possessions that is eternal, in and through him. Seek Jesus first and his righteousness and then you wont need anything else (Matthew 6:33).

Genesis 24:35 (KJV)
35 And the Lord hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.

I am (my Master’s) Servant

As the eldest servant of Abraham, refused to eat before he spoke of his master’s mission to the family of Rebekah, the bride sought for his master’s son, Isaac, he starts out by first and foremost identifying himself before speaking of his master. Though he was given authority over all that Abraham had (Genesis 24:2), yet he recognized his place and introduced himself as “I am Abraham’s servant.” (Genesis 24:34).

Points to ponder:
Jesus said that all authority in heaven and earth has been given to him (Matthew 28:18) and He who is in those who believe in Jesus’ name has overcome the world, and is greater than whoever is in the world (1 John 4:4). We are thereby blessed in heavenly places with all spiritual blessings and authority. Yet we ought to recognize our place. We are the sheep, and Jesus is the Chief and Good Shepherd. We are the servant’s and Jesus is our Master. When we introduce ourselves, how do we identify ourselves. Do we say, “I am my Master’s servant”?; Do we say, “I am Jesus’ servant”?

Genesis 24:33-34 (KJV)
33 And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
34 And he said, I am Abraham’s servant.

All ye that labor, Come (and live)

On the first Monday of September, annually, America celebrates Labor Day, in commemoration of the American Labor movement, honoring the workers who have contributed to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country. On this day, both private and public sector offices are closed to give rest to the working people.

The pursuit of rest by man can be dated back to the time of his fall into perdition, in the garden of Eden, for it was only after his fall that he had to labor, to have the cursed ground produce its yield. The only remedy for this tireless pursuit was for the curse to be lifted. When Jesus himself became accursed and willingly laid down his life and died on the cross, the power of the curse of death was lifted from man, with his resurrection. So only in Jesus can one find true rest – rest from their weariness; rest for their souls.

The lyrics of the first stanza of Chris Rice’s song, “Come to Jesus” is as follows: Weak and wounded sinner. Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by. Come to Jesus; Come to Jesus. Come to Jesus and live! This is substantiated Biblically for Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). In other words, “Come to Jesus and find rest for your souls” i.e., Come to Jesus and find life – eternal life.

Points to ponder:
Are you laboring to find rest? Are you weak and heavy laden without any rest? Are you pursuing rest from the weariness in your life. If so, come to Jesus and live.

Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Mission before Meat

When Abraham’s eldest servant is welcomed into the house of Rebekah’s father, Bethuel, he is offered meat (food) for him to eat, but the servant refuses to eat until he has told them the purpose of his Master that had sent him on the mission to find a bride for the master’s son. (Genesis 24:33) In other words, the servant refused to satisfy his personal appetite unless his master’s purpose and mission was satisfied. The servant put his Master’s mission before meat.

Jesus said, that his meat (food) was to do the will of God the Father, who sent him and to finish his work (John 4:34).

Points to ponder:
Are we as servants of God, our Master and Lord (John 13:13), are we willing to put God’s mission of reconciling mankind (bride) with Jesus (the bridegroom) before satisfying our appetite? Just as the unnamed servant put mission before meat and just as Jesus expressed that his meat is to do the will of God the Father and finish his work, can we also put mission before meat until the work of God, in and through us, is finished.

Genesis 24:33 (KJV)
33 And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.

John 4:34 (KJV)
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.