Mar 11, 2018 | Lee Becknell
Taking a trip into the unknown
Text: Genesis 24:52-67 Encourage them to read all of chapter 24!
Scripture reading for the service: Genesis 24:39-48
Taking a trip into the unknown
Third message in the series: “Ridiculous things God asks from us.”
Once a young couple decided to get married. As the big day approached, they grew apprehensive, because each of them had a problem they had never before shared with anyone, not even each other.
The groom-to-be decided to ask his father for advice about his problem. “Father,” he said, “I am deeply concerned about the success of my future marriage. I love my fiancée, very much, but you see, I have very smelly feet, and I’m afraid that my future wife will be put off by them.”
“No problem,” said dad, “All you have to do is wash your feet as often as possible, and always wear socks, even to bed.” This seemed to him like a workable solution.
The bride-to-be decided to take her problem up with her mother. “Mom,” she said, “When I wake up in the morning my breath is truly awful and I’m afraid my future husband will be put off by it.”
“Honey,” her mother consoled her, “everyone has bad breath in the morning, but you might try this: In the morning, get straight out of bed, and head for the bathroom and brush your teeth. The key is, not to say a word until you’ve brushed your teeth. Not a word.” This seemed to her like a good approach.
The young couple was finally married in a beautiful ceremony. Not forgetting the advice each had received, he with his perpetual socks and she with her morning silence, they managed quite well - that is, until about six months later.
Shortly before dawn one day, the husband awoke suddenly and discovered that one of his socks had come off during the night. Fearful of the consequences, he frantically searched the bed.
This, of course, woke his bride, who, asked immediately, “What on earth are you doing?” Only a woman can ask a question like that!
“Oh, no! You’ve swallowed my sock!”
* Many of us are suckers for a good love story that is full of romance, which leads to commitment, and then ends with a happily ever after.
* But this morning I want to focus on why Rebekah was willing to make a trip into the unknown.
Theme: “Usually, the only thing standing between you and your destiny is one small act of courage. One courageous choice maybe the only thing standing between you and your dream. Rebekah said; ‘I will go.’ That decision became the trip of her life. Are you willing to go when the Lord calls?”
* Throughout the pages of the Bible, you will find that God uses risk-takers.
* Inside most of us, we have two voices that whisper: 1.The daredevil, “nothing ventured, nothing gained. 2. The coward, “Better safe than sorry”.
* This morning, I would like to share with you the following lessons.
God chooses people for the journey.
Genesis 24:14, 50, “ May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master. 50Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the Lord; we can say nothing to you one way or the other. 51Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.”
* What the servant was looking for was a woman who demonstrated uncommon hospitality and was strong and healthy. He makes it very plain He does not want to make the decision but expects God to show him the chosen one.
* Beloved, there really is a chosen one and in a few moments, you will see that if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior you are a chosen one in the sight of God Almighty.
John 15:16 "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
John 1:43-49 “The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. 47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” 48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
The Journey starts where you are.
Genesis 24:15-16, “Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. 16 The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.”
* Rebekah’s character is revealed in this chapter in many ways. She’s shown to be a courteous woman. She’s beautiful, she’s humble, she has a buoyant spirit, she’s hard working, and now we are told she was a woman who was ready to execute the will of God. She would obey God instantly.
* Normal is overrated!
* Rebekah was not thinking about getting married she was just drawing water an everyday chore.
* The principle of low expectations. We don’t expect much from God because we are not asking for much. Women who just want a man with all his fingers and toes.
* I remember when I was in Preacher Boy School for the first time. I was told if you are not a soul winner now you will never be a soul winner.
* In other words, you don’t wait to serve the Lord (after being trained) you serve Him now the best way you know how.
* Beloved Rebekah’s journey began when she decided to give this man some water and water for all his animals.
* Who would have thought you get a husband by sharing water.
* Drawing and lugging water was hard work. In the evening, the women came out to the well with clay jars to fill and carry home – a tiring chore all by itself.
* To request a drink for himself would be a adding to someone’s regular work.
* Nevertheless, most anyone would offer a sip to a thirsty stranger, but very few would offer to water 10 camels.
* Let’s do the math – a camel typically can drink between 25 and 50 gallons of water in five minutes, and a typical ancient water jar held between 3 and 5 gallons of water weighing between 30 and 50 pounds.
* That’s up to 500 gallons of water, in 100 trips back and forth from the well, carrying 5000 pounds of water taking between one and two hours to complete.
* That would be one extraordinary woman! Let’s just call her “Wonder Woman!” Holly Wood steals every good idea from Scripture.
Colossian 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
The Journey’s success depends greatly on your attitude.
* Beloved I want you to notice how many times Rebekah chose to do risky things.
Genesis 24:19-19; “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink. 19 After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink.”
Genesis 24:57-58 “Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.” 58So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?” “I will go,” she said.”
* She might never see her family again. Questions about her future surely flooded her mindyet she said those beautiful words of faith “I will go”.
* Every choice has the potential to alter our destiny.
* All the things I experience in life are a by-product of the risks that I have taken. Bigger the risk the bigger the reward.
* * There is nothing easy about risk. Even small risks can be as scary as jumping in a pit with a lion or believing God can recover your lost hatchet!
* Obedience is willing to do whatever, whenever, wherever God call you. Beloved, this will look different for each one of us.
* The parable of the servants who buried his talent. He was not willing to take a risk. He lost everything. Matthew 25:28 “Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.”
* Faith is a risky business. Andy Stanley, The Next Generation Leader. Chapter on uncertainty. “Generally speaking, you are probably never going to be more than 80% certain. Waiting for greater certainty may cause you to miss an opportunity.”
* Nothing has changed in life. Dreams are still achieved one opportunity at a time.
* Beloved let us see how this adventure ended for Rebekah.
Genesis 24:62-67 “Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?” “He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself. 66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
* The Bible says he loved her – this is the first time in Scripture that a man is said to love his wife.
A church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time.
Without a note or written paper of any kind, he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak....
"The one thing that I could always rely on when tears and heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me... the only thing that would comfort was this verse...."Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong, we are weak but He is strong.....Yes, Jesus loves me....The Bible tells me so."
When he finished, the church was quiet. You actually could hear his footsteps as he shuffled back to his chair. I don't believe those worshiping thee that morning will ever forget it.
So I say to you:
*** Will you follow when He calls? The work is waiting and is not small. He will guide and meet your needs. Only trust and you will see.
Have you ever considered the fact that God occasionally asks us to do the seemingly impossible? In this series, Pastor Lee is going to look at several stories from the Bible that discuss ridiculous things God asked of His people and what we should do about it.