Awesome Hands – part 13: “Hinder me Not”

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Awesome Hands – Part 13

“Hinder Me Not”

In this week’s study, we are going to continue where we left off in part 12, as we are going to continue towards verse 26 of chapter 25.

Gen 25:26 –  And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

However, in order to continue from verse 24:49 in last week’s study, we should cover the activities as they unfold between these verses because God’s awesome hands are doing a lot between the two verses.

Last week, the Lord showed us that we are completely reliant on Him. Abraham was sent to sacrifice Isaac; yet, upon Abraham being led to prove his faith, the Lord also had already prepared a sacrifice, “a ram stuck in the thicket by his horns”.

This sacrifice is to show us that we are doing the Lord’s will when we can look back and see that we were given Faith via the trial of sacrificing all that we hold dear. Alas, our “wife” will die and we will continue on to prosper and be blessed to take on our new wife, our spiritual “temple of the Lord”.

This “first wife” who comes “naturally to us”, will be buried in the land of our future enemy.

Through all of this, we will send our servant out to do our will. We know as shown by the Faith we see displayed in the NT, that a master’s servant is the same as the master.

We too, are ambassadors for Christ, and as we pray “thy will be done”, we are living out the function of obeying our master and doing only what He has sent us to do. Once that work is done, we will know that the Lord is in control and is working all things for our good.

Mat 8:8 –  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
Mat 8:9 –  For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
Mat 8:10 –  When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Gen 24:50 –  Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.
Gen 24:51 –  Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master’s son’s wife, as the LORD hath spoken.
Gen 24:52 –  And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
Gen 24:53 –  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. Gen 24:54 –  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.

We too can’t wait to bring news to our Master that we have accomplished that which He sent us to do.

As we dive into the study in part 13, we will continue to see God’s hands working as He brings more “seed of the promise” along via Isaac’s physical seed.

Continuing with verse 55 we see:

Gen 24:55 –  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.
Gen 24:56 –  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.

Notice, we see a very common story unfolding which we also see another time in the New Testament.

Only with the NT example, we see Christ as the messenger and God as the Master, but the scenario plays out the same and we are given more detail with the parable which involves Christ.

Mat 8:19 –  And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
Mat 8:20 –  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Mat 8:21 –  And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

 

How are these two stories connected together?

In Genesis, we have the master and the master servant doing the will of the master by going forth to find a wife for the master seed. The parallel in the New Testament is really striking to me.

In verse 54 we see:

Gen 24:54 –  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.

The masters servant would not originally eat until he has spoken the masters will to those who he had been sent to. Now that he has tarried in the night, he again gets to the point of the business at handàsend me away unto my master.

The answer of those we are sent to ends up being:

Gen 24:55 –  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.
Gen 24:56 –  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.

Do any of us think that the number ten mentioned here is just a randomly mentioned number?

The “brother and mother” of those who we have been sent to want to make sure the perfection of the flesh is accomplished, that we can take care of the things we need to take care of first, THEN we can do the will of God.

We, Lord willing, can relate directly to this state of mind because we indeed need to recognize that we all want to tidy things up before we “let God” do what He wants to do.

If you doubt this is you and me at our appointed time, what sayeth the scripture?

Mat 8:19 –  And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
Mat 8:20 –  And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Mat 8:21 –  And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

“The Head of Christ is …”

Let me ask you all a very pointed question. Who is Christ’s head? Also, who is Christ’s body? Christ was just told by a scribe that he would follow Christ where ever He went.

Christ’s reply should seem a little “odd” to the natural man in us all. On the surface, it looks like Christ doesn’t really answer him and just under the surface, it looks like Christ’s answer is simply addressing Christ’s physical head having a place of rest.

However, we all know Christ speaks in parables so why did Christ answer this way and is He only speaking about a place to rest His physical head?

Bringing this question back into focus with this study, we see Christ does give us an answer, though it is cloaked and hidden from those it is hidden from.

Mat 8:22 –  But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
Mat 8:23 –  And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
Mat 8:24 –  And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

There is a difference in us doing our own will and doing the will of the Lord. We know the Lord orchestrates it all, but what can we glean and learn from this two stories separated by time but connected by the Spirit?

Didn’t Peter tell the Lord the same thing, after walking with the man and seeing and doing miracles with Him?

Mat 8:19 –  And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

Mat 26:33 –  Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
Mat 26:34 –  Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Mat 26:35 –  Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

Brothers and sisters, we are offended at God and His Word when we want to stay back, keep something back or otherwise do what we want to do in order to shore up whatever it is we think is important in the flesh before we are willing to follow Christ.

There is a HUGE difference in how we want to do things that the Lord commands us to do, and how the Lord commands us to do them. We like to qualify things to meet our own needs, just like this scribe:

Mat 8:19 –  And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

Unlike this scribe, Christ TELLS US what He wants us to do:

Mat 8:22 –  But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

See, the masters servant doesn’t qualify what the masters will is. He doesn’t expound on it, add to it, take away from it or otherwise try and change it. We simply DO the will of the Lord as it has been commanded to us and as the instruction is given to us.

Christ is clear. When He comes to us, He is telling us to “follow Him”. This is a very simple command.

Mat 16:24 –  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mat 16:25 –  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Gen 24:57 –  And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.
Gen 24:58 –  And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.

As we read scripture in types and shadows, we have come to know that the woman typifies the weaker of the two pieces…. the head and the body.

“The master” has sent his messenger to do a very specific thing, reminds the “brother and mother” again that the master has a task at hand, yet and still… the “brother and mother” typifying our flesh still wants to consult that which is weaker…. the wants and desires of the flesh.

“We’ll just make double sure that the flesh is in agreement with the Lord” is what you see when you see a response such as, “we will call the damsel and enquire at her mouth.”

Christ’s ways are WAY above our ways because Christ’s ways are the Will of His Father. In fact, you can see this same mindset continuing in our scriptural example.

When the ship is going down, and indeed this flesh has a timestamp of expiration, we tend to fear and want to do whatever we can to survive…. even if the LAST THING we want to do it to go to the source of the problem directly and ask for deliverance. Truly, God has a different mindset.

Mat 8:22 –  But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
Mat 8:23 –  And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
Mat 8:24 –  And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

When Christ tells us He has “nowhere to lay His head”, in conjunction with the statement made from our willful nature of “I will follow you Lord where ever you go”, then we can see Lord willing, that what we think we can do has nothing to do will the Truth of the situation.

Indeed, we can do nothing of ourselves and Christ cannot lay His head, His Father in the mind of Christ’s body until the time appointed of God the Father and ONLY THEN.

This mindset can be seen in that as the ship is sinking, Christ is fast asleep. While we are of our own mindset, Christ’s is a bit different in that He is “asleep” and we are “awake”. This contrast is just to show us where we usually are in our trust with God the Father.

Christ will have a place to rest His Head, and that time is now, as the God drags those to Him whom He wills.

The “key to the mystery” is that Christ is our head and He has a head and Christ dwells in US! When we know this, then we too are starting to be given rest in Christ in the rails the Lord puts us through daily.

Dwelling in the south country

Getting back to the story in Genesis, we read:

Gen 24:59 –  And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant, and his men.
Gen 24:60 –  And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
Gen 24:61 –  And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
Gen 24:62 –  And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.

We see now that “even our enemies are made to be at peace with us”, we are given dominance over various giants in our lives and mindset as they are conquered by Christ in us, and we start to walk on the path the Lord has chosen out for us with Him.

Notice, this union starts in the south. Viewing this type and shadow from another angle, we can now see that we, the wife, will be our Husband in the south.

Isaac (seed of promise/ new man ) also starts his walk in the south. The wife that the Lord has chosen out for us, Rebekah (the body of Christ) is brings us into the fold of the kingdom of God by this marriage.

After all, it is the new man in us that is the result of Christ dwelling in the heavens of the temple of God…in us. I hope this is making sense to someone else out there J

Interestingly, we start off in the south and judgment (the Word of God dwelling in His people, in the kingdom of God collectively) comes for the north (north = judgment).

What does this mean for us practically and spiritually today as we live out every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God?

Mat 24:33 –  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Mat 24:34 –  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Mar 13:30 –  Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

Luk 21:31 –  So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Luk 21:32 –  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

Isaac comes from the WAY of the well of Lahairoi.

Gen 24:62 –  And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.

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Gen 16:11 –  And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
Gen 16:12 –  And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
Gen 16:13 –  And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
Gen 16:14 –  Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

This is the “same way” that God “found” Hagar at the well, and it was named as such. This is where God a promise to bless Hagars seed. This is the bondwoman and her sons well.

We live out our lives regularly contending with the things that come most naturally to us knowing that giving into the temptations of them is displeasing to God and down right sinful most the time.

…. and if you are getting anything out of this then you are probably noticing that God blesses both the old and the new man alike.

God has designed us this way and has caused us to err so that He can show us that He is control. He then can deliver us from our destruction and get all the glory in the process because it is all Him!

Rom 7:4 –  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
Rom 7:5 –  For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

Rom 7:23 –  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

Rom 7:6 –  But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

God is telling us in Genesis that He is working all things after the counsel of His own will.

God worked Rebekah’s answer to her “mother and brother” just to show that even the last ditch efforts of our flesh to content with God and do things our way will be answered with and and things in our lives worked so that even those around us will answer us BY GOD, and FROM GOD.

Mat 5:39 –  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

There is a reason that we listen to God once we know He is “talking” to us in the scripture. We listen because we have experienced that we are BOUGHT with a PRICE and we are sent on a mission. We are sent to gather up the bride of the SON OF THE MASTER!

Didn’t Christ say a very similar thing? What sayeth Christ concerning how we treat things that pertain to our fleshly wants and desires versus how we treat and think about our spiritual needs and family?

Mat 12:45 –  Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Mat 12:46 –  While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
Mat 12:47 –  Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
Mat 12:48 –  But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
Mat 12:49 –  And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
Mat 12:50 –  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

We are in service to the will of the Father in the lives of His Son’s bride. We are that church and we have an obligation to be faithful to the end to that cause…the cause of being servants to the body and filling up that which comes behind Christ. “The head first then follows the body ….”

We all know the Lord works all things, as has been stated again here in this study a few times, and we can see that here in these two seemingly separate stories to the natural mind and man.

Conclusion of Awesome Hands part 13

Gen 24:63 –  And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
Gen 24:64 –  And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
Gen 24:65 –  For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.

When we have come to see how we are Rebekah in this story, sought after my the Father of our master, then we too will understand the meaning of Rebekah covering her head.

Once we have seen our Lord, we know that we too have just been given Life by the marriage He is offering to us.  From this union, we are met in the field of the world … in the eventide of the night, and our Lord shows us that we are His.

In this, we are comforted in the continual death of our old man as we experience the fiery trials in which we know will end in good for us.

Gen 24:66 –  And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
Gen 24:67 –  And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

Next week, we will continue to see the kingdom of God built up in us and those who are given eyes to see and ears to hear as we look into more types and shadows contained in the next verses we see “hand” mentioned in Hebrew.

We will see how we, as a new man loved of God greatly, are given the dominance of the old man who comes first. We will grab the heel of the elder, and claim our inheritance in such.

Gen 25:26 –  And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

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