The emphasis on family at the New Year seems different from many American traditions, which involve heavy drinking and partying with peers. Sadly, some Chinese look forward to the extended time with their families with apprehension. For older adult children who remain single, it is common to experience tremendous pressure from their parents and other family members to get busy and find a spouse. The family expectations are far more intense than what we are used to in the USA.
“Find my son a wife.” This was the directive that Abraham gave to his servant in Genesis 24. Without a wife, Abraham’s beloved so, Isaac, could not produce any grandchildren and carry forward the blessing and future that God had promised. In a mesmerizing story of God’s divine guidance, we see that the Servant is led to one young lady who was one of Abraham’s relatives.
We studied this story with internationals on Friday, February 13. Being Valentine’s weekend, we thought a love story from the Bible might be interesting for the students. It’s fascinating that Rebekah’s story points toward the ultimate love story in the Bible. It is Rebekah’s simple agreement to the servant to go with him to his master’s household that has redemptive overtones. We talked about the childlike faith to trust and follow this servant. What convinced her? It’s hard to know for sure, but the lavish gifts the servant came bearing were certainly a foretaste of future prosperity.
As we carry the gifts of the Kingdom, the gifts of the Spirit, we too are giving others a foretaste and an invitation to greater glory in the Father’s House. Accepting the invitation is the beginning of a forever relationship with the Son.