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.

Come in, thou blessed of the LORD

When Laban, Rebekah’s brother runs to meet the eldest servant of Abraham, he invites the servant into his father’s house, using the words, “Come in, thou blessed of the LORD.” (Genesis 24:31) The servant agrees and goes into their house and tells them of God’s goodness to him and how God was merciful and truthful to his master Abraham (Genesis 24:27) Although, it is likely that Laban could have equated the jewelry that was given to his sister by this servant as a sign of God’s blessings on the servant, it is not explicitly stated as to the why Laban felt that this servant was blessed of the LORD. However, the fact of the matter is that this servant was recognized as on blessed of the LORD.

Points to ponder:
The Bible says that we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ – chosen to be holy and blameless in love; predestinated for adoption into God’s family; and accepted in the beloved (Son of God, with whom God is well pleased) in whom we are redeemed by his blood; forgiven of our sins, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:3). Now then, the question that remains is, “Do we conduct ourselves in a manner befitting those who are blessed of the Lord. In other words, if someone sees us, will they notice that we are indeed “blessed of the LORD” and invite us into their lives, so that we can tell them of God’s mercy and truth, goodness and grace.

Genesis 24:31 (KJV)
31 And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the Lord; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.

Ephesians 1: 3-7 (KJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

If thou doest well …

Genesis 4:7-8 records the question that God has for Cain. God’s question to Cain was “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?

On the surface, this question can be mistakenly understood that by works one could gain the acceptance of God.  The context in which God is asking Cain this question is not in the context of “acceptance by works (doing well)” but in the context of doing well to not let sin rule over him. God tells Cain that sin lay at the door (of his life) and he had to do well (right) to not let sin in, for it would rule over him if he let it in. Cain refuses to listen to God and ends up committing the first murder, slaying his very own brother Abel.

Points to ponder:
It is not by our works that God accepts us. It is only by grace and grace alone and not by our works, that God accepts us in his beloved (Ephesians 1:6; Ephesians 2:8-9). Instead of letting sin that is at the door of our life in to rule over us, we need to let The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in, to rule over us. Jesus said, Behold, he is standing at the door of our life, knocking and wanting to come in and commune (dine) with us (Revelation 3:20).

If we let sin in, we don’t do well and we will be rejected.
If we let the Savior Jesus Christ in, we do well and we will be accepted.
Do you do well? Am I doing well?

Genesis 4:7-8 (KJV)
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Tiller of Ground

The latter part of Genesis 4:2 speaks about the professions of the sons of Adam. Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain was a tiller of the ground.

As tiller of the ground, Cain brought of the fruit of the ground (note: not all the fruit of the ground). The ground was cursed as a result of man’s disobedience and the fruit of the ground was the by-product of man’s effort and sweat (Genesis 3:17-19) which God did not accept as an acceptable offering.

Points to ponder:
God is not interested in our efforts and works for they cannot gain his acceptance. It is by grace (of Jesus Chris) and grace alone and not by our works that God accepts us in his beloved (Ephesians 1:6). Are you/Am I a tiller of the ground?

Genesis 4:2-5 (KJV)
And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.