Questions for Pondering — June 25, 2017
Sermon Title: Be the Church: Do the Right Thing
Sermon Text: Genesis 24:42-49
42 “I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you will only make successful the way I am going! 43 I am standing here by the spring of water; let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little water from your jar to drink,” 44 and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your camels also”—let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’
45 “Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her, ‘Please let me drink.’ 46 She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels. 47 Then I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. 48 Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. 49 Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.”
3rd Sunday after Pentacost
One of the greatest difficulties in Christian life is the feeling of failure. We are often completely paralyzed by it and do everything to hide from others and God. However, failure is a natural part of life. So the real question we need to ask is how we can live with the focus on doing what is right. We see Rebekah in the Old Testament who is recognized for her faith in God even though all she did was to give water to the stranger. So even without thinking she did what was right. The real question is what can we learn from her about how we are to live our daily lives so we, too, can do the right thing.
Questions to Ponder:
- Rebekah is highlighted in this story as a person of faith. What did Rebekah do that was so significant? What was recognized about Rebekah as a person beyond her actions?
- When were you recognized for your good works? Were they translated by others as your faith? In what ways does your faith affect how you treat those around you, especially the strangers you have never met before?