IS ANYBODY INTERESTED? Andy Hollifield 12-28-17
Genesis 24:61-65 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way. (62) And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country. (63) And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and behold, the camels were coming. (64) And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Issac, she lighted off the camel. (65) For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.
I preached a message Wednesday night at Mission Baptist Church in Waynesville about “Have you done anything to get anyone interested in Jesus?” it is really something to think about. As I was reading for yesterday’s post, I began to wonder about why Rebekah “lighted off the camel.” That, at least to me, would imply that she was excited. Before I get too far along, look back at verse 47 and you will see that the servant had given her an earring on her face and bracelets on her hands. No doubt, at this point she and her family were very interested in what the servant had to say.
To make a long story a little shorter, Rebekah went with the servant to a land she had no interest in prior to meeting this servant. To leave her family and her homeland not knowing when, if ever, she would return, had to take not only great faith but also a really keen interest. Her interest was piqued by the servant who had only told her about his master. So as they journeyed, I believe that Rebekah had to have been asking all kinds of different questions from the servant about his master and the land that she was going to. She likely would have wanted to know all about him from the servant.
That brings me to the part where it said she “lighted off the camel.” If she had known nothing about him, why would she have been in such a hurry to get off of a moving camel? My guess is that as they were coming up the road, the more the servant told her about Isaac and all that he had, the more excited she got. He had told her enough and also shown her enough with the half shekel gold earring and the two ten shekel bracelets that she could hardly wait to meet the master and his son.
That brings me to my thought for today. Are we telling anybody enough about the Lord to get them interested? I personally think that by the time they got back to Abraham’s place, she already knew enough about him from what she had been told to have gotten her excited. When she saw him, it probably seemed only natural to light off the camel and run to him. After all, she had come all this way and left behind the life she had known, just to be this man’s bride. Before that day, she didn’t know anything about any of them or the land she was going to. But the servant said enough to her to get her interested.
Are we telling anyone enough about the Lord to get them interested enough to come to him? We don’t have to be rocket scientist or a theologian to give our testimony as to what God has done for us. That’s what people really are interested in. They want to know, “What’s in it for me?” You don’t really have to be able to quote a lot of scripture to give your testimony. People just want to hear something that is real that isn’t judging to them. God can move his convicting power over their soul to draw them to him and clean them up. After all, he did that for us. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!