What enslaves you? Even as a Christian, you have ideas or attitudes or traditions that you hold that are like the weights in Hebrews 12:1—they aren’t necessarily wrong, but they weigh you down.
Or worse, maybe you have some legalistic ideas that you can’t break free from—perhaps they cause you to gossip about other Christians that don’t think the same way or cause you to church hop, looking for a group of people, who, in fact, are enslaved to the same legalistic ideas.
So, what enslaves you?
22 Now it came to pass on a certain day,
that he went into a ship with his disciples:
and he said unto them,
Let us go over unto the other side of the lake.
And they launched forth.
23 But as they sailed he fell asleep:
and there came down a storm of wind on the lake;
and they were filled with water,
and were in jeopardy.
24 And they came to him,
and awoke him,
Master, master, we perish.
Then he arose,
and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water:
and they ceased,
and there was a calm.
25 And he said unto them,
Where is your faith?
And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another,
What manner of man is this!
for he commandeth even the winds and water,
and they obey him. (Luke 8:22–25)
This passage will teach us about faith. First, we learn that…
In Genesis 24, which is the longest chapter in Genesis, and one of the longest single narratives in the Bible, we find the account of the search for a wife for Isaac. It’s so long, we won’t be able to read every verse in the time we have, so let’s start with a summary.
Abraham is 140 and Isaac is 40, and unmarried. Abraham decides to send his servant back to his homeland to seek a wife for Isaac from his family. Isaac’s wife must not come from the ungodly pagans that surround them.
The servant travels back to the town of Nahor where he prays that God would reveal the right woman with a specific sort of test—that she haul water for his camels. Providentially, Rebekah walks up and does just that.
After meeting with the family, who agrees that this must be God’s will, the servant and Rebekah (and the camels) travel back to Canaan, where Isaac marries Rebekah and loves her.
There are two main lessons I wish to draw from this chapter. One is the importance of choosing a believer to be your spouse. The second is the importance of commitment in a marriage.
In the last passage, we looked at the Parable of the Sower and the four different responses that people can have to God’s Word being planted in their hearts. Some have an uninterested response, others a shallow response, and others a distracted response.
But there are those who have fruitful responses to God’s Word.
In this passage (which is really just a continuation of the Parable of the Sower), we are going to answer the question, “After we respond to God’s Word, what are we responsible to do?”