“Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink’—let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.” And it happened, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder. Now the young woman was very beautiful to behold, a virgin; no man had known her. And she went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and came up. So she said, “Drink, my Lord.” Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and gave him a drink. And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.””
Genesis 24:13-16, 18-19 NKJV
This vignette in Genesis 24, is one of the most beautiful passages in the bible, as it is a great illustration of evangelism. In the passage we have the Father, played by Abraham who sends his unnamed servant on a mission to bring a bride for His Son. The servant is a picture of those who have been called to go and tell, the missionary sent by the Father.
God the Holy Spirit is present underneath it all, as He is the presence of Godly power guiding the servant, and aligning all the details, setting up the divine appointment with Rebekah at the well.
In the servant we see the requirements of ministry demonstrated, as he honors his master Abraham, and does exactly as he is told. He does not deviate, and he goes about his mission with determination, as if Abraham himself was on the mission to find a bride for Isaac.
He approaches the mission prayerfully, seeking the Lord, praying that God will align all the details for this appointment. I marvel at the specificity of his prayer, as he sets strict parameters for its answer. Before he had even finished speaking, God had the answer, as Rebekah came out to get water.
“So it was, when the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a golden nose ring weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels of gold, and said, “Whose daughter are you? Tell me, please, is there room in your father’s house for us to lodge?” So she said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel, Milcah’s son, whom she bore to Nahor.” Moreover she said to him, “We have both straw and feed enough, and room to lodge.” Then the man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord.”
Genesis 24:22-26 NKJV
God had guided him on an odyssey over great distance, to lead him to the exact person he needed to see.
Much like the servant who is a type and shadow for us, we are also servants of the Father, sent to find those who one day will make up the bride for the Son. We have been sent on mission, empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit to seek those divine appointments.
Years ago, the Lord had one for me. I often talk of the coworker years ago, who invited me to church. She was on mission, and the Lord was setting up an appointment. For weeks, a group of believers at what would eventually be my local church, began to pray for me. The Holy Spirit was working behind the scenes, using a wide variety of events and situations to prepare my heart.
In the fulness of time, at just the right moment, I was drawn to the cross of Christ, and that appointment was kept of Easter Sunday 1998.
Brothers and sisters, let us go about the mission that the Lord has sent us with the same devotion shown by Abraham’s servant. Let us not deviate from the instructions of the Lord, given by way of His word. May we bathe the whole process in prayer, asking Jesus for those divine appointments, and leaning on the Holy Spirit to align all the details.
Jesus has commanded us to go and tell, and He has provided us a Helper, that we be successful in communicating the story of the Lamb of God who came to die for the sins of the world.
““If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
John 14:15-18 NKJV
Even as the Holy Spirit is guiding us, Jesus Himself, is interceding on our behalf. He is at the right hand of the Father.
““I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
John 17:20-23 NKJV
May we each have a divine appoint today, where we can share the Good News, and lead one lost soul to salvation in. Jesus Christ.
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