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Being A Faithful Servant
By Brian Price 9/8/2012

"1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.

2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:

3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:

4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?

6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.

7 The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.

8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.

9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter." - Genesis 24:1-9

Here we read in Genesis chapter 24 about Abraham's chief servant. We are not sure what his name was. The Bible does not tell us. But we do see some very descriptive details about him that paints us a picture of the kind of person that he was. Verse 2 says, "And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had..." Apparently, this 'eldest servant' was more than likely the same servant that Abraham spoke of to God when he said that one born in his house was his heir. I imagine that the only son Abraham had up until the time before Ishmael and Isaac was this faithful servant. Proverbs 29:21 says, "He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length."

Also, from this passage of scripture, we can see that Abraham had a certain level of trust to this servant. This servant had earned that trust from Abraham due to years of faithful service.

It is also important to note that the request of Abraham was more than likely an unsual request. To Abraham, it was vitally important that his servant would not get a wife for Isaac from the daughters of the land of Canaan. Those particular women were known for their idolatry, and their sexual deviance. Their reputation was in shambles due to their carefree lifestyle. Morality for them was subjective, and not in submission to the will of God.

Sounds kind of like the women we see in our society today. Many Christian men fear that their sons would marry a daughter of Canaanite descent. I imagine for godly parents, the thought of their children marrying someone of such bad reputation for idolatry and sexual immorality would be a death sentence. Perhaps they think that death would be better for them than to see their own son marry some Midianitish woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands are as bands.

But notice the unusual request Abraham had for his servant. Verse 3 says, "But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac." Instead of sending his servant to the daughters of Canaan, knowing their reputation, he sent his servant to Ur of the Chaldees, where he had been brought up. Abraham knew that if his servant could find a wife for Isaac over there, then it would indeed ensure his chances would greatly be increased of finding a God-fearing wife for Isaac.

Lastly, notice how the servant complied. Verse 9 says, "And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter."

This servant was faithful. He promised Abraham that he would find his son a wife. What a faithful servant! This small token of faithfulness reminds me of another Servant who was Faithful.

"5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." - Philippians 2:5-8

The Bible says that Jesus took upon him the form of a servant. Jesus became a faithful servant to man, that he might be an obedient Son unto death.

Jesus said in Luke chapter 22:

"25 ...The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.

26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth."

Notice that Jesus said, "But I am among you as he that serveth." Jesus was saying that he was a servant. Though he was Lord of all, though he was Kings of kings, yet he became a humble, faithful servant, even unto the death of the cross.

Friend, let me ask you a question. Are you aware of that Servant named Jesus? The Bible says that his name is called Faithful and True. Did you know that Jesus was a faithful servant? He became a faithful servant that we might be rulers in his kingdom.

But must Jesus serve alone?

Jesus wants us to serve each other. We must also become like him; faithful servants. Jesus said, "The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him." - John 13:16

Do not think that you are greater than your Lord. You are his servant. Jesus is looking for faithful servants.

I don't know about you, but I want to hear Jesus say to me, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." - Matthew 25:21

Is that what you will hear in that day? Or will you hear him say to you,

"Thou wicked and slothful servant"?

There is only one place for the wicked and slothful servant. Jesus said, "cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." - Matthew 25:30

Are you unprofitable? Are you abounding in the work of the Lord? Are you born again? Are you being a faithful servant?

If not, let me encourage you to change that today. Receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Be born again today.

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