A candidate has been found. A proposal has been made. Now comes the responsibility of sharing the message. But wait, the message that the servant gives is not 100% accurate to what we read before. Is the servant being faithless, or is there something else going on?
Sarah has died, Isaac is unmarried, and Abraham is getting old…er. The time has come for Abraham to send his servant out into the world to find a person to join the covenant that God has made with his family. But who? How to choose? What is it that the servant should look for? Who is this servant anyway, and what can we learn from him?
As we read through the story of Abraham, there is an essential person that is always in the background. The woman behind the man. When we speak of Sarah, we usually point out her lack of faith with Hagar, or when she laughed. Rarely do we ever try to understand her as a person. So let’s do that. Let’s get to know Sarah. You may find that you identify with her more than you know.
What do you do when God asks the impossible? What do you do when God asks everything of you? Of all of the stories of Abraham in the Bible, the story of the Binding of Isaac is perhaps the most iconic. It reveals the standard and shows a man, who has to trust fully and reveals the truth that absolute faith requires obedience.