It’s the small ties that bind.

December 4, 2012
Genesis 22:20-23 – And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor; Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram, And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel. And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.

God isn’t afraid to begin a big project with a small detail. He is the God of small beginnings. There aren’t any big launches in His repertoire. Grand openings aren’t His style. Learning that fact will help your faith in the long-term.

The blessings God promised Abraham on the Mountain of Provision included possession, multiplication, and worldwide impact.

Did you know that God swears? Well, He does. He swore that these promises would come to pass.

How? Good question.

We often get a sense of what God is going to do: but are left pondering how. We generally compare the how in proportion with the what. In so doing we miss the minute measure of the miracle’s inception.

  • Your God inspired business may begin with an inspired name.
  • Your city impacting revival could start with one major connector.
  • That generation shaking message may be activated by one anointed text of scripture.
  • Your Sunday School class could be birthing the next pastor.

Small Ties

Bethuel is the 8th son named (8 is the number of new beginnings), and Rebekah is the only child named. Abraham knew her name but didn’t know her significance. A chapter and a few verses later in Genesis, Abraham sent his servant to find a bride for Isaac. Rebekah is the bride that is found.

What’s that mean for Rebekah? She was singled out from birth. She was a part of the plan before she ever decided to be a part of it.

Nahor may have thought he missed his chance to be a part of God’s big plan. However, he is connected to it through his children. Those fathers who think legacy are often linked to God’s next big thing through their children. Impact the world through your offspring.

What’s this mean for us?

We should look for the little things that God is revealing to us now, that tell us how His promises are going to come to pass in our lives.

Don’t look for the king in Jerusalem on the throne with the scepter: instead look for the baby Jesus in the manger that is growing – little by little.

Rebekah’s name means to tie, or bind together. This little girl is the tie that binds together Abraham’s promises and their fulfillment.

What God is doing is huge.

How? It’s the small ties that bind.