I have been looking at the Life of Abraham of late, as we prepare to study on the Book of Exodus in the Thru The Bible Series classes with CGMF. A particular book by M. R. DeHaan has caught my attention, as I do some background study for the quarter. I wanted to share it with you. I hope it blesses all of you.
Three Odd Requests
Near the end of chapter 24 of Genesis we find Eliezer in the house of Rebekah. She has decided to go with the servant upon the testimony that he has given. Notice that her decision was a personal one. No one else could make it for her. We read:
And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go (vss. 57, 58).
This was the simple decision which Rebekah made, fully convinced in her own mind that she was doing the thing which was right. Permit me to remind you what it was that Rebekah was asked to do. There are just three things which stand out in the narrative:
1. She was asked to go with a person she never knew before.
2. She was asked to marry a man whom she had never met.
3. She was asked to leave her home and go to a country she had never seen before, and from which she might never return.
Despite these three conditions, she said, “I will go,” and that settled it. It was faith, simple, absolute, trusting faith in the word of Eliezer which was supported by the treasures of Isaac which Eliezer had brought along. So, too, the only way that sinners can be saved today is by that same simple faith in the Spirit’s Word, and in the treasures of God’s wonderful Book. God asks us to believe the Holy Spirit and His testimony and the Word of God, though we have never known Him before; to put our trust in the Saviour whom we have never seen and never met; and to trust our destiny to this Guide who will take us to a heaven where we have never been. Salvation is by simple faith, and faith alone. How wonderfully Peter expresses it in 1 Peter 1:8:
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Reverend Patrick Vossen,