Sunday, 02 September 2007 00:00

Go Tell It To the World: Opposition Will Come

Genesis 24:29-33; 49-58 (KJV)

And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well. And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well. And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels. And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him. And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on. And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left. Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good. Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken. And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth. And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things. And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master. And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go. And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master. And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth. And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.

Rebekah is a picture of the church, the bride of Christ. Donald Gray Barnhouse says in his exposition of Genesis, "Rebekah was thought of before she knew it and was chosen when she did not know of the existence of her bridegroom." So it is with us. God has chosen us in Christ, "but in the fullness of time" we are presented with a decision. "Will you go after this man?" Will you surrender your life to Him? Will you live your life for Him? Will you give yourself to Him? As you consider your answer to the call of Christ, you must realize that opposition will come. Major decisions bring with them major difficulties. To be able to say, "I will go" (v.58) it to be able to overcome any opposition.

  1. Opposition may come from people close to you"Rebekah had a brother" (v.29).
    We are first introduced to Laban in Genesis 24, but we will meet up with him in the chapters that follow. Laban illustrates those who will discourage your Christian walk.
    1. Those who are captivated by the things of this world... (v.30)
      When Laban "saw" the earrings and bracelet, he opened his heart and his home to the messenger. Later on we find Laban deceives Jacob (his nephew) for money.
    2. Those who are conveniently Christian in their faith...(v.33).
      Laban says, "Come in, thou blessed of the Lord." These are the "Christians" in name and language but are lost in terms of nature and lifestyle. They hinder you by trying to convince you that you are too extreme or too fanatical. Don't listen. "Most people are so subnormal in their lives that when a Christian lives the normal Christian life he seems anbormal to most," Watchaman Nee; The Normal Christian Life.
    3. Those who are not conscious of the eternal... (v.33).
      Eliezer refused to even eat until he had completed his mission. To the Labans of this world, the willingness to sacrifice comfort for the eternal is incomprehensible.
    4. Opposition may come from plans made for you"Let her abide with us..." (v.55).
      Bethuel and Laban had plans for Rebekah. They request that Rebekah stay put for at least ten days—then she shall go. Eliezer responds, "Hinder me not." Sometimes the plans others have made for you place you in a position of going against the grain. "I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my guide," Martin Luther.
    5. Opposition may come from pressures around you"They called Rebekah" (v.58).
      When Rebekah is asked "Will you go with this man?" her thoughts came rushing in. Where am I going? Can I get there? What about my family? How will I survive? "The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quiet life come flowing in," Clive Staples Lewis.

If you find yourself this morning faced with a decision in response to the call of Christ, a decision that will affect you for years to come, realize that saying "I will go" is worth it. "Joy is the natural outcome to the Christian's obedience to the will of God." (John Blanchard)

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