29 July 2019

Do not Take My Son to Haran!

"So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell;" Genesis 24:2-3

We do not have the name of the servant in this Bible reference, but yes, it was someone exceptional to have been entrusted with such an important task. Probably it was the same servant whom Abraham referred to as the heir of all that he owned because he had no descendant, Eliezer of Damascus. (Genesis 15:2)

Isaac's future wife could not be pagan, a Canaanite. Not only did she have to be from Abraham's family, but she would also have to be willing to do what he, Abraham did: to leave her family, her father’s house and her land to go to a land that the servant would show her.

Concerned about the possibility that the candidate would not agree to go and meet her future husband, the servant suggests Isaac go to Haran with him. "And the servant said to him, "Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?" But Abraham said to him, "Beware that you do not take my son back there." Genesis 24:5-6

Abraham refused to allow the servant to take Isaac back to the place he had left. It is as if Abraham would rather have his son become a eunuch than go back to where he had left. It would mean losing the entire purpose that God promised to the seed of Abraham.

After all, anyone who hears the voice of God never withdraws from any challenge. This explains why so many have abandoned their faith, the Altar and the promises of God, paying attention to the voice of their heart and thus despising the call of God.

But as his belief in the promises of God was above difficulties, Abraham knew that God would not forsake him.

"The Lord God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, 'To your descendants I give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there." Genesis 24:7

Stop and think about the disaster that would have resulted if Isaac had married a woman who was not willing to live by faith?

Believing that the angel was with him, the servant prayed (Genesis 24:12-14). Even before the prayer was finished, the young lady appeared and conducted herself precisely as the servant had asked God in prayer. His responsibility was great, so his prayer was detailed.

You see, when our intention is under the will of God, the answer is absolute. The answer may take time to come, but it will not fail.

Only a faithful servant can identify another potential servant. Rebekah's attitude was evident! Humble, ready to serve, God-fearing, and prepared to leave her family and her father’s house to contribute towards the beginning of a great nation.

"Then they called Rebekah and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" And she said, "I will go. "So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her: "Our sister, may you become the mother of thousands of ten thousands; and may your descendants possess the gates of those who hate them." Genesis 24:58-60

And if she had said, "No, I will not go with him” what would have happened to her? It would be the same thing we see these days in the lives of those who are clinging to Haran, an insignificant life, unfulfilled, without testimony and no quality at all. But because she said yes, she became a great blessing to her father-in-law and her husband.

Rebekah's vision was spiritual, and this has been the vision of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God that recently celebrated 42 years of existence, serving this Nation! Those who bless us are blessed, those who curse us...

If you have said no to God, it’s never too late to go back and say yes; the God of Abraham is waiting for you. For those who say yes, that’s wonderful! You become a blessing, and no one will be able to stand against you until the end of times!


God bless you all

Bishop Marcelo Pires