is known as the father of believers. There is so much we can learn from him. We are told
that they will come from the east and west and sit together with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
at the tables of heaven (Matt 8:11-12). But what is shocking is that that passage goes on
to say that the children of the Kingdom will be cast out! Every child of God should test
and examine himself that he is not counted with those who are cast out of the Kingdom of
Abraham was 75 years old when God gave him a promise and told him
to leave the land of his forefathers. And he left everything (Gen 12:1-4). We can learn so
much from him. If we want to follow Jesus, we must also leave everything behind. But his
father Terah wanted to go with him. He respected his father and allowed him to go with
him. He was promised that although he was 75 years old and had no children, his offspring
will be as the stars of heaven (Gen 15:5, 22:17, 26:4, 12:7). Abraham also took Lot along
as a nephew and son, since he had no children of his own. Its so easy to make a
mistake. Lot was a very nice person and it was difficult for Abraham to refuse. They
traveled as far as Haran and settled there (Gen 11:31). God stopped speaking to Abraham
until his father passed away. When his father had died, then God spoke again to him to
continue (Gen 11:32 - 12:1). When God calls you, dont take anything along except
what God says you should take along.
When Abraham was 99 years old, God again spoke to Abraham that He
would bless him with a child from Sarah his wife (Gen 17:1, 15-16). Abraham was a very
patient man. He could wait. But it was now almost 25 years later after God made the
promise to him at first. Isaac was only born when Abraham was hundred (Gen 21:5), and
Isaac only married Rebekah 40 years later. He was gifted in being patient and being able
However, during the 25 years when Abraham and Sarah waited, Sarah
gave her servant girl to Abraham in marriage and Ishmael was born. And that deed is
accursed till today and Ishmaels descendants are enemies of Isaacs descendants
till today. We must be very careful not to make our own plans. Just like a mule is a wild
animal, so the offspring of Ishmael are wild people, and we see it till today in the
things that the Muslims are perpetrating continually. The Ishmaelites, the Muslims, say
that he should be the heir, but Abraham never gave him the inheritance.
When Abraham was very old, and Isaac was 40 years old, Abraham
called his chief servant to go to the country from which he came to get a wife for his
son. Eleazar then asked Abraham if they refused to send her, if he should take Isaac back
there. And Abraham said that that should never happen, and he made him to take a vow that
he wont do it. He also told him to not take a wife for his son from the nations
The servant took camels and gold and silver and went to the
country from whence Abraham came and wondered where he would find a wife for his
masters son. He arrived at a well, and prayed that God would lead him to the right
one. We see how Abraham could command his household and and teach them to know God. Even
if you dont know what to do, God can lead you on the proper path. He asked for a
sign, that the one God had chosen would offer him drink and to draw water for his camels.
And that is exactly what happened. When they invited him to their house, he was
overflowing with thankfulness to God for the way in which He answered his prayer.
When the servant wanted to go the family first asked that she
remains with them for awhile. But the servant answered that God had made his way
prosperous and he had to return. The family asked Rebekah and she agreed to go with him.
Do you see the way of believers who are lead by the Holy Spirit?
And she and her servant girls went with him and his entourage.
When they got to Abrahams country, Rebekah saw a person afar off and asked who it
was. The servant answered that it was Isaac, the son of Abraham. We see the beautiful
parallel here between Jesus and his Bride. It is such a difference to those who are lead
by the lusts of the flesh. Thats why theres so much divorce and fighting like
cat and dog in the world and those who follow the ways of the world.
Be filled with the Holy Spirit and be lead by Him, whether
youre young or old. We see in this text what it means to be lead by the Holy Spirit.
Even if the years have gone by, be like Abraham. Dont push for your own way, but
rather be lead by the Holy Spirit.
Uncle Friedel Stegen conducted the engagement service in France and Mr
Michel Hege was the interpreter