Sunday, July 26, 2009
After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision:
"Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward."
But Abram said, "O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezar of Damascus?" And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir."
Genesis 15:1-3, NIV
Christ emphasized in his ministry here on earth, that we are to have the heart of a servant. As a matter of fact, as Christians, we are servants of God. I thought, then, that it would be good to look at the various ways the word, "servant" is used in the Bible. In our time, especially in the United States, we no longer have servants. I suppose, being an employee is somewhat the same. However, often the servants in the Bible were slaves, so it is rather surprising that Abram would leave his entire estate to his servant.
We know that he had relatives; Lot lived not too far away. One would think that his estate would have gone to his closest relative. Instead, if Abram was left childless, his estate would go to Eliezar of Damascus. Is that what God had in mind?
No. We know that God would bring about the miraculous birth of Isaac, and Abram (later called Abraham) would give his entire estate to his son, Isaac.
Backing up a bit, though, let us think about the status of Eliezar. How does his status toward Abraham compare to our status toward God? We, too, are servants of the most High God. We need to remember that everything good we say or do is because of the Lord Jesus Christ. Left to ourselves, we would be just as wicked and depraved as the unsaved around us. But, like Eliezar we are the inheritors of the greatest estate ever.
Eliezar did not, in the end, receive the estate because Isaac was born. But, Christians will receive a crown of righteousness and a place in the eternal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, what an inheritance we have!
Think about that as you go about the duties of this day. Rejoice in your inheritance to come! What a blessing to be a servant of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
God Bless You,