Joseph Prince - The Kairos Year Of Right Time, Right Place - Part 1
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Welcome to the year of, you all should now in this service by now. Well, praise the Lord, we had an exciting time in the first of this, sharing the theme of the year and what God wants said in the service. And, I just wanna tell all of you that you are in for a great year. So, fasten your spiritual seatbelts, we are in for a ride, amen. An exciting ride, a favorable ride, expeditious one, and every ride is to be enjoyed, amen. Every terrain that you go through, just remember that the Lord has gone ahead. You know, he always likes to say this. "I'll go before you, and I'll make the crooked places straight". You know, it struck me recently as I was studying the Word of God and, I talked about Abraham and how Abraham's servant said of his master, Abraham, you know, "Abraham said this to me, that the God before whom I walk will send his angel to prosper your way".
So, the word there before is the word panim, which means you walk in the presence of God. Many-a-times your English Bible says presence of God, the word there is panim, the face of God. So, we live as if we see God smiling on us all the time. If you will live life like this throughout this year, praise the Lord, you will see the manifestations of his blessings and favor in your life. You walk in the light of his shining face on you. And that's from one of the blessings in the benediction, is that the Lord make his face to shine on you, amen. So, we just came through a year of rest and acceleration, and we have so many testimonies that have come forth, some of which, we have read to you down through the last year. But, just let you know that one of the best testimonies that I heard just came in last month, which is December. And it came from a dear friend that Wendy and I treasure, we treasure this brother and his wife, his entire family are very dear to us. And he's also a leader in our church.
Well, what happened is this. Six years ago, the wife of this brother, this leader, she has an excellent relationship with her mom, and, they always go out together, they will shop together, do things together, they're very close. But somewhere along the way, I don't recollect the real reason, I think something to do with inheritance or the father passed away, there's an inheritance thing and all that, and the brothers, her brothers started lying about her to her mom. So, they start putting all these, you know, poisonous thoughts in the mom's head about her, and, all of a sudden, the mom cut off all relationship with her, all communication, and just cut off the relationship just like that. It broke her heart, 'cause she loved her mom dearly, and we all know her. We all know she's not that kind of girl, this family is not that kind of family. We know them for years. And, but it broke her heart, and, they didn't communicate for about six years. That's a long time, folks, it's a long time.
Well, last year I had a chance to, meet up with this family, Wendy and I, and, sat down with them, and she was saying, "I'm so excited to tell you, I just cannot wait to tell you this". She said that "This past year, the year of rest and acceleration," she mentioned that "truly is a year of rest and acceleration". You know what happened? Out of the blue her brother who lied about her called her and told her that mom wants to see her. And, and, they arranged a place, I think it, I believe it was a mall. And she said that when her mom saw her from afar, her mom started running towards her, just like the story of the prodigal son. Embraced her and cried and cried and cried, and the brother who lied was also there, and he apologized to her. He told the mom everything, all right. It's just like overnight the favor of God came upon her with them, and, and they wept, and she wept, and she told me this. Six years. What never happened in six years took place in the year of rest and acceleration, amen. Even though it's right towards the end of the year.
Of course, by the time they told me the testimony it was in December, but I think they received it a few months earlier, the manifestation. And, again, when we enter into a new year, it does not mean that God ceased to do all those things of rest and acceleration, or even hazon vision the year before that, or even time and space. Those things continue, all right? All these are just additions that God will put. Why the theme of the year? Well, every church will have to hear God for the theme for that particular church, that particular ministry, and for those who are under that calling and under that ministry, but I believe that for the people in this church, under this calling, under this ministry, God always has a specific word for you for the year, amen. So that when it happens and it comes to pass, you will know it is him, and you give all the glory to him and not somebody else, amen.
You know, Jesus spoke seven different messages to seven different local churches in the book of Revelation, all right? All right, or else you feel like just one sermon will fit all, right? But he spoke seven distinct, different messages to seven different local churches. So, I believe that this is the rhema word that God has for us today. Are you ready for it? Amen, for this year, for this year, praise God. All right, let's go to Ecclesiastes 9:11. So, even as I say 9:11, you all think of we are the generation that saw 9/11. We passed 9/11, which is a very sad day, a tragic day for all of us. It changed the world, literally. But then in, America, their emergency number, number for help is also 9-1-1. The psalm of protection of all the entire book of Psalms, which psalm is the psalm of protection? Psalms 91. And Psalms 91 talks about protection 24/7, that the sun will not, it says the Lord will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, all right?
The Lord will protect you, be it in the morning or in the evening, amen, by day or by night. All kinds of affliction, whether the attack come from around you, from below you, you should tread upon the lion and the cobra. The young lion, serpent, you shall trample underfoot. All these are pictures of authority over the powers of darkness, amen. No evil will befall you. It ends up with saying, "With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation". But it begins with Psalms 91:1, verse 1, and you see what 911 there. And it says, what? "He who dwells in the sacred place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow". Shadow is the place of protection. In the Old Testament the shelter, the shadow means you are so close to someone, he protects you, his shadow covers you, amen.
So, the Bible says, "He who dwells", actually, the word dwell there in the Hebrew is the word sit down. If you learn to rest in his presence, his protection covers you, amen. So, here Ecclesiastes 9:11. "I returned". Now, Solomon is writing this by the Holy Spirit, the wisest man that ever lived besides Jesus, of course. "I returned and saw under the sun that... The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all". So, he's saying this. Guys, if the truth is known, I've observed this, and remember he asked God for wisdom and became the wisest man, right? And he says, "I've observed this. The race is not always to the swift".
The World Cup is not always to the better team, yeah? You might be for France, but I want you to know something. My team won, hallelujah, amen. Messi. Amen? It's not a matter of how old Messi is. The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, amen. "Nor bread to wise men, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all". We have seen this time and time again, that people with less experience sometimes bump into someone, and, in the course of the conversation later on, "Come and work for me. Come over". We have so many testimonies like this in our church. Doesn't mean that the person has the most experience. Doesn't mean he's the strongest, the best, the wisest, that favor happens to him. But time and chance happen to them all, amen.
Now, the word time here, I'm gonna share with you some Hebrew. Today we're gonna learn some Hebrew, all right, and some Greek. And then another principle we'll learn, and all this gotta do with the theme of the year and what God's gonna do this year for you. We are also gonna learn about the first mention of any subject in the Bible. When the Bible mentions a subject for the first time in the Bible, it's always something significant, something, a truth we can draw from that will guide us in its interpretation for the rest of the Bible, all right? So, look for the first mention, amen. The first mention of, healing, for example, is Abraham, who lied about his wife. That's why his wife was found in the harem of a king, and he lied about it, and God appeared to the king in a dream and says, "You're a dead man. This is another man's wife". And he said, "I didn't know it. In my integrity, I thought, you know, she was the sister. That's what he said. 'This is my sister.'" And God says, "I know that you did not know it, so now restore the man his wife, for he's a prophet".
The man just lied, he called him a prophet. So, God saw Abraham righteous because of not earned righteousness, but imputed righteousness, which all of you, you have it. If you put your trust in Jesus Christ, God sees you righteous. You're facing this year as a righteous man, as a righteous woman, and all the blessings of the righteous is yours. It is not a righteousness that you have earned. It's not a righteousness that you deserved. It's a righteousness that has been given to you by grace, amen, and we receive it, praise the Lord, through Jesus Christ, hallelujah. So, time and chance happen to them all. The word here, time, in the Hebrew is the word eth. Say eth. That's how you pronounce it. Time is pronounced as eth. All right, just think of eth and you got it right, okay? Time and chance happens to them all. The word chance is pega, happened to them all. It's a special happening. It's a right happening. And the Hebrew word for happened there is qarah.
Now, say qarah. So, just remember eth and qarah. Now, this is Old Testament. Your Old Testament is in Hebrew, okay, your new Testament is in Greek. We all read our Bibles in English for the most part, right, but the original language is in Old Testament it's Hebrew, in New Testament it's Greek. Just remember that, okay? All right, so now you look at time and chance happen to them all. We want this right timing to happen to us. We want this right happening to happen to us, because we know that finally the one who wins the race is not necessarily the fastest one. The one who wins the battle is not necessarily the strong one like David over Goliath. It's not a matter of favor goes to the one with skill or riches to men of understanding or wise men, right? But time, eth, and qarah, happened to them all.
Okay, so what is this, what is this? It's gotta do with the theme of the year, okay? So now, sit back, watch. The kairos year of right time, right place. Right time in the Hebrew is the worth eth. In the Greek eth is kairos. That's why it's the kairos year of right time, right place. Right place is qarah. And we're gonna study this, because it's very interesting, and, God will unveil to us. Even for your own life already you have seen this phenomena taking place in your life. I believe even recently you have seen yourself being at the right time at the right place. All of a sudden you meet an acquaintance or you meet an old friend and a door is opened to you. Or you invite an old classmate that you met, okay, lah, old, old one, eh? Okay, young one, all right, a young classmate you met, all right, who used to be in the same school 50 years ago, all right.
So, you invite him over to church, and I've heard this kind of testimony down through the years, and good things happen to these people, all because you had a chance encounter with them. Or is it really chance? Like, the word time and chance, it's unfortunate that English word used chance, but remember, it's not the English word that is the word that, tells the real meaning, but it is the Hebrew. What the Hebrew says is qarah, amen. Right time, right place. Qarah is gonna make things happen to you, right time, right place. So, the word eth first, let's study the word right timing, right timing. A lot of things depend on right timing.
So, can we, with our smart, with our intelligence, position ourself in such a way that things can happen for us and we are aware of the right timing? People try that all the time. You know, they want to get involved in an investment at the right time, or they want to be in a certain place at the right place, you know. They want to be in that position where they are ready to receive a benefit or a something, or even encounter their life partner. They want that to happen to them. But, friend, when you think about it, when you realize that it is beyond man's intellect, it's beyond man's, disposing of his affairs. It's not within man to put himself in the right place at the right time. Even averting tragedy, for example, no one can tell, all right, which plane might not make it.
You can be a guy who tops the MENSA Test, and your IQ is really high, doesn't really matter. You cannot control your right time and your right place. You need God. So, more than ever this year, we need the Lord. And not just the Lord, we need his grace. In what aspect to trust the Lord? His grace. Because, you see, if grace is unearned and undeserved favor, then the only way to frustrate grace is another word for favor from God. And grace is unearned, undeserved favor. The only way you can frustrate it is trying to earn it. Whether you are trying your best to earn it with your good behavior or whatever it is, "Now, Pastor Prince, are you saying that we don't have to have good behavior"? No, of course not. But you don't have good behavior to try to get close to God. You must realize that you are close to God. That's why your good behavior flows from that.
I met a brother recently, just last few days, and we're talking about prayer, and he was telling me about prayer and all that, and I told him this. "Try this. Try this approach, all right, and see what happens". Instead of praying and straining as if you are trying to draw close to God, God has really made it very easy for you to come to him, amen. In fact, the Bible says, "For those who are believers in Christ, he has placed you in his Son". That's why the phrase, we are in Christ Jesus. In Christ, in him, through him, amen. We are, forevermore God will see you always in Christ. When God sees you, God doesn't look at you with all your faults and shortcomings today. God looks at Jesus to see him as you. Hallelujah. So, when you pray, how do you pray? You pray as if you are in Christ. And, honestly folks, let me just submit this to you. Sometimes we put the name of Jesus like this in prayer. We pray whatever we're gonna pray, say, "In Jesus' name".
Now, I'm not against that, okay? But actually, the idea of, "Whatever you ask the Father in my name," is actually like, "As if I am praying it. And when you pray, you need to be aware your prayer carries the same values, the same power as if I am praying. If you pray like that, that's praying in my name, representing me just as I represent you". You follow what I'm saying so far? Does God answer Jesus' prayer? Yeah, amen, of course. And now your prayer is like Jesus' prayer. Praise the Lord. That's praying in his name. Now, I didn't say you cannot punctuate it with "In Jesus' name". By all means, that's how the church for many years have been praying, but I think it's more than just that. It is actually knowing that is as if Jesus is praying. So, I told him this. "How about praying like this? Every time you say Father, instead of saying, 'Father,' like, so far away, just say, 'Father.' Know that you are very close".
Now, watch what you say, because everything you say, he's hearing, and he will answer. You have very close access to the one with whom nothing is impossible. How about, put your prayer like that. Because, you know what? That's the truth. That's the truth, amen. So, in right timing, time and chance, eth and qarah happen to them all. If that is true, then it behooves us to find out about right timing and right place. Now, why do we say eth is right timing? Because in the Hebrew, because Ecclesiastes is in, Old Testament, it's in Hebrew, what is eth in the Greek? What is eth in the Greek? It is the word kairos, the word kairos. Say kairos.
Now, kairos is right timing. In fact, Thayer, who is a Greek scholar, he defines kairos like this. Kairos is opportune, seasonable time, the right time. When you say opportunity, for example, it come from the word opportune. That means there is a great door favor opened, all right? Don't miss your opportune moment. Don't miss this opportunity, right? It's a favorable moment. Now, that in Hebrew is eth. In Greek it is kairos. So, it's the right time. Say the right time. Now, this is Thayer, a Greek scholar. Another, Greek scholar from Word Studies said of kairos like this. Time as opportunity, this is kairos. Time as opportunity, the suitable time, the right moment, a favorable moment, a moment of favor, amen. That's kairos. Now, there's another word for time in the Greek called chronos, like your watch, chronos, chronological. That is time as time. Like you count time, one, two, three four, right? That's chronological order. Time in term of chronos is just time, but kairos for time is different. It's a quality of the time. It's an opportune moment. It's a season of favor.
So, these people that got the favor, that got the riches, that got the, victory in the battle, amen, and, won the race, these are men who had kairos moments happening to them. They had God arranging for right time, right place. Only God can orchestrate right time, right place, amen. Look at the way kairos is used in the New Testament. And New Testament is in Hebrew or Greek? Greek, right? So, let's look at the one use of it. You find Peter is preaching on the day of Pentecost, and he says, "Therefore repent," he told the Jewish people, "And return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord". Times of refreshing is the word, the word times is the word kairos, and kairos of refreshing comes from the presence of the Lord.
You know what I'm sensing that refreshing right now. Once again, it's like a cool evening breeze just swept through here, also at MDS, and at GRC. Everywhere that's viewing this right now, people are sensing that... do you feel that? Like, a sweet menthol. Sweet, cool evening breeze, times of refreshing will come from the presence of the Lord. That means, what? It's the presence of the Lord that gives us this kairos of refreshing. So, there'll be seasons of refreshing for God's people. Have you noticed that God did not say that this would happen to people of the world, but people that belong to him? He didn't say times of refreshing would happen to the entire world. Now, this year I'm not saying the world will get better. In fact, it will get worse and worse, because the Bible tells us that. It will get darker and darker, but for us, we'll be in the right place at the right time, amen, amen, to enjoy what God has for us, amen. So, in this time no one is smart enough to know when is the right timing, where to place yourself, amen. Only God. It's within God's power to do that, amen. Praise the name of Jesus.
Now, kairos, for the Greek, eth, for the Hebrew, timing, seasonable time, right time. Let's look at the first occurrence of eth in the Old Testament, the first time it appears, and we can learn something from there. All right, the first time it appears, the story of Noah, you all know Noah? All right, a flood was coming, and, Noah went, God told Noah to go into the ark. Build the ark first, then go into the ark with his family, amen. He was the only one who knew how to float his assets when the world was in liquidation. So, it's a picture of all of us in Christ today, amen. In Christ. The ark is like Christ. In fact, the word used to pitch, to seal the ark, they used pitch to seal, all right? The word pitch is the same word as atone, the atoning work of Jesus Christ. We are in Christ. We are safe from what is coming from outside, amen. And we inside cannot drop or fall outside. We may fall inside the ark, but we never fall outside the ark. We are safe, amen.
Outside there's destruction, but inside we are safe. In a way, in a way, the whole world went through a Noah's ark experience, okay, for the last three years. I like what the Bible says at the end of the judgment, right? His ark rested on Mount Ararat, and when he opened the window, Noah opened the window, the Bible says it was the 600th year of Noah in the first day of the first month. So, you can call this a new year message. He has been with his family and all the animals in the ark for nearly a year. When he looked out, the ground was dry. Men's judgement has passed. And spending time with his family and all that, they got closer even though judgement was happening. Bad things were happening all around, but they never fell under it. They were safe in the ark. Now, the greater truth is that not everyone is in the ark. But once you are in Christ, you cannot fall outside. No matter how bad the waves get, you may fall inside, but you always fall in Christ. You cannot fall out of Christ, amen. Praise the name of Jesus, hallelujah. Praise the Lord.
So, it's so interesting that the first occurrence happens when Noah sends out the dove. First, he sent out a raven, then he sent out a dove, and the Bible says, "The dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth". Now, this word, in the evening, is the word eth, the evening. The word eth is used. Imagine in the book of Genesis, the story of Adam and Eve, there's no eth used there, amen. Cain, Abel, no eth used there all the way until after the flood, then eth happened. It's like, after the judgement passed over Jesus as he bore our sins, amen, as the Noah's ark rested on Mount Ararat, and the word Ararat actually means, Arar in Hebrew means curse. Ararat means the curse is reversed. When Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead on the third day, the curse is reversed in your life, amen. It's a picture of Jesus Christ, can you see that? All the judgement that fell on him, amen, was finished when he came out of the grave, praise the Lord. It's done, hallelujah. We are on resurrection ground.
If you are a believer, you're on resurrection ground. The only thing we are waiting for is our unresurrected body. That's why you have the ache, you have the pain. Every time you have an ache and pain and taking Panadol, remember this. You are waiting for your body. It's a reminder that to long for the rapture, 'cause when the rapture happens, the only thing that he's gonna fulfill, the only promise left is your bodily redemption. That's why he said when you see all the signs happening, the pandemics, the plagues, and wars, and rumors of wars, all these things happening, don't be afraid. Lift up your heads. Your bodily redemption draws near. When Jesus comes, straightaway you have a brand new body. That's why you won't be afraid to go up.
Some people say that "But, Pastor Prince, I'm scared of heights". In the new body you are scared of nothing. There's no fear in the new body, amen. And the body will never grow old in, never, ever grow old again, never even have a pimple, hallelujah, never feel bored in that body, amen. Amen? And you never fall asleep ever again when Jesus is preaching in heaven. Hallelujah. Woo, praise the Lord. Yeah. Find a neighbor who is sleeping and say, you just missed it, hallelujah. You know, I love the fact that people fall asleep in church. At least they come. Amen? Yeah. You know, they wake up, they miss a lot, but you know what, they came. I'm glad you came, right?
You say, "Pastor Prince, I don't want to come, because every time I come, I fall asleep". Yeah, maybe God is healing you. The ministry of healing from insomnia and all that, amen? Wake up blessed, praise the Lord. People shout, people clap, you just clap, lah. Amen. Yeah, you and Pastor Lawrence together, never mind, just keep on coming. Praise the Lord, hallelujah. I don't see anyone sleeping, I'm just teasing, okay? "No, it's true, Pastor Prince, amen, I was healed of insomnia". That's one thing I don't know about healing, whether the manifestation could happen this year or during the preaching. But it's a year of manifestation. Have you prayed for something and... this is what the Lord said to me. Have you prayed for something, and you find that, it takes a long time for it to manifest? Sometimes some prayers, many prayers, in fact, manifest almost instantly, or at least very soon, right? But there are some it takes a long time, amen. It might take sometimes a year or more before it manifests.
Like Abraham and Sarah, they believed God for a child, and the child didn't come until about 20 years after. That's a long time, don't you think so? Well, their manifestation is very interesting. You know what the Bible calls their manifestation? Kairos. I'll come to that. But first notice Genesis 8:11, "The dove came to him in the evening". Have you noticed that the first time eth is used, or kairos in the Greek, all right, you see, it's got to do with the dove. The dove is a picture of the Holy Spirit. So, it's the Holy Spirit in you that brings you the right timing, right place. It's the Holy Spirit who orchestrates circumstances in such a way that you met that particular colleague of yours that you didn't meet for a long time. Of all the thousands of people there, you meet the person at the right time, at the right place, and the person invite you to church, and here you are.
This is the testimony of many people in our church. You've got no time to tell them the entire gospel story, but you can invite them to church, and for some reason God touched their heart, they feel a desire to go, and they got saved, and their life is transformed. This is the testimony, again, of many people in our church. And you think that it's just ordinary, I just happened to see my friend, I happened to bump into him. There's no such thing as coincidences with God. It's all a God-incidence, amen. So, the first time eth is mentioned, kairos in the Greek about right timing, it's got to do with the Holy Spirit. Keep that in mind. We need the Holy Spirit this year. And that's why I said that these things can only happen to believers, because only believers have the Holy Spirit, and once you put your trust in Christ, he dwells in you, and greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world, amen.
Now, let's go to the New Testament and see how kairos is used, okay? We saw already in Acts 13 in the sermon, on Pentecost when, Peter preached, and he says that "Time of refreshing". But I talked about Sarah just now, right? The year of manifestation. Here it is in, Genesis 18, it says here, "'I will certainly return to you according'", God is talking to Abraham. "'I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.' (And Sarah was listening in the tent door who was behind him,)" like many women. Because they can't trust their husband to tell them later on, because he mixes all the facts. She will say, "Is that all"? "Uh, he also said that" "But what... any more"? Right? And then we guys are headliners, women are details, right? Guys are... okay, never mind. Guys just, oh, you know? Women are more precise. So, she was listening to hear, and God says, "Abraham, this time next year, according to the time of life, according to the time," the word time is eth, which is a seasonable, favorable time, Sarah shall have a son.
If that is not enough, God repeats himself. Drop down, verse 14, "'Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I'll return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.'" Waiting for 20 years, and finally when kairos happens, the manifestation happened. That's why I call this the kairos year. This is the year of your manifestation. Whatever you prayed for, for years, it is a year of manifestation, amen. You know that word, "Is anything too hard for the LORD"? If you look it up in the Hebrew, it's not just too hard. The word, "Is anything too wonderful for the LORD"? "Is there anything too miraculous for the LORD"? It's the word pala, where one of Jesus' name, his name is Wonderful Counselor, right? Wonderful there is the same word. Is there anything too wonderful? Is there anything too miraculous for our God to do? The idea is, is there anything too hard?
I read this, and I asked God for something that y'all wouldn't believe I asked God for, but I'm not gonna tell you. That's of the things, you know, when you read the Bible, you know, you read verses like this, and then your faith starts growing. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? It's like the Lord challenging you. Then, "God, can I ask you for this"? Based on medical science it's not possible, based on this natural laws of men, but I'm gonna ask you this, 'cause there's nothing too wonderful for you, there's nothing too miraculous for you. So, ask God for it, amen? "What is it, Pastor Prince"? Not for you to know. Don't you just love God's Word, how it builds faith when you read it? Amen.
Now, watch this. It says, "According to the time of life," right? Look at what the New Testament says about the same verse when Paul wrote it in Romans 9:9. "For this is the word of promise," referring to the same incident. "At this time," kairos, "I will come and Sarah shall have a son". Can you see it? In the Hebrew it's eth, here it's... so in other words, they were waiting for that miracle baby. They were both, all right, beyond the years already. Sarah, even when she was young, she was barren, and now she's 99, and he's 100 years old. And God says, they've been waiting for 20 years, God says, "Your kairos moment is here". But what I want you to see is this. When kairos happened, manifestation happened. The long awaited manifestation happened, amen.
The other day I was, with Pastor Lawrence, he was here in the first service. Pastor Lawrence and I, we were out, and, he shared this with me, that a few days ago, just this past week, he went to pray for someone at home, and, usually he has a prayer ministry people that he will call upon. Whoever is free, at least two person, would accompany him to the house. At least two. So, he's calling for anyone that's available, and they do not know where they're going, they do not know what they're praying for except for Pastor Lawrence, okay? They volunteer. So what happens is that two of them follow Pastor Lawrence to pray for a lady who is suffering from Parkinson's. The family invited, um, the prayer team to go over.
So, Pastor Lawrence was there, and one of the ladies who didn't know who she was gonna be praying for told, shared with them this testimony from our church. She shared, said that "Actually, some years ago my mother-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinson". And from what you know, Parkinson is that, you know, it gets, it's a degenerative disease. Doesn't get better, okay? she said that "She was diagnosed by the doctor with Parkinson's and all that, and, she had the early symptoms and all that. We started praying for her," the way they are taught in church, right? In the name of Jesus, taking communion, trusting God. She said, "Nine years have come and gone, today she's completely healthy, completely well. Not a sign of Parkinson. The doctors gave her a clean bill of health".
Now, it wasn't instantaneous. All right, it was incrementally, but the manifestation happened. Now, who would have thought that the person he invited, right, the one that was available is the one who's gonna pray for the same condition that she prayed for her mother-in-law to be healed of to encourage the person who is being prayed for so as to show that God puts things at the right time, at the right place. And I wanted so much to tell Pastor Lawrence, "Pastor Lawrence, the theme for this year"! But I hold myself back. So, even Pastor Lawrence did not know what's the theme of the year until today, all right? And only my wife knows, all right, because she would help me along with some of the, you know, creative work and all that, and our creative team.
So, no one else knows. But a very funny thing happened the other day. My son Justin just this past week, last Sunday when he was in Rock Kidz, one of the Rock Kidz boys asked him, "Hey, what's the theme of the year? Tell me what's the theme of the year". So, so he says, "I don't know. I don't know". He says, "Something about timing, I think". Now, we don't tell him. You know, at the age of ten, you know, you tell them anything, just know this, okay? What you don't spread, don't say. They're only ten years old, you know? So, we've learned not to say about the theme of the year or whatever. But he said this to his friend. "Something about timing," right? I ask him, "What do you tell your friend"? "Something about timing," you know. And then I told him, "Right time, right place". And Wendy and I had to stop ourselves from, "Woah"! Because the more you say woah, it's like he's very fast. He'll know it.
So, that's prophetic, and more than once he's been prophetic. Most of the part he's a boy. Don't go to him and ask him for a word, all right? Most of the time you ask him for a word, he will tell you Charizard. You say, "What is that"? Pokémon. Okay, so, when it happens, it happens. I'm just glad, you know, he's there in my life, praise the Lord. This manifestation that God wants to happen, notice it comes together with kairos season, the kairos season, Sarah would have a son. At this time of life, at this kairos time, favorable time, and God is giving us this year as a kairos year, amen. Right time, right place.
Now, I come to the place part just in a while, but look at another, verse that uses kairos over here in Galatians. "Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart". In fact, the context there has got to do with, giving. But he's saying, "You don't see your manifestation, you don't see your harvest, don't lose heart, don't give up. We shall reap," when? "In due season we shall reap". Make a guess, due season in the Greek, what is it? What is it? I love this church. These people are amazing, amen. Invite me back, will you? Amen.
Well, I tell you, this is an amazing church. You got the right word, kairos. Due season is kairos. What happens when kairos comes, that due season comes? We shall reap, right? If we fail not, don't give up, don't say, "Oh, you know, I prayed already, and, you know, it's not happening, I kind of, I give up". Don't give up. Your kairos is coming, amen. You are, you encounter your life partner, amen. You say, "I give up on meeting my life partner," no, don't give up, amen. Don't give up. Praise the Lord. Yes, her name is Irene. Yeah, bro. Right it down. I don't know why I said that. Anyway. Praise the Lord. Now I'm gonna show you right happening. Right time, right place. Now, I just wanna say something, okay? about right time, right place. Please don't always think of it's always something favorable, something easy, something nice. Sometimes right time, right place may not look at first like it's favorable. Later on you look back, my goodness, it's right time, right place.
I remember many years ago when Jessica was two years old. She's a young lady now. And, we travelled for the first time with her, with her along, her first travel overseas. Wendy and I, we share one luggage. Jessica has two luggages, plus one pram. You parents, young parents, you know what it's like, right, remember? When you travel, you didn't realize what just, this small creature has so many things to bring along, you know? And you wanna bring them along because you feel it's necessary, so she has two luggage, and then one pram. And at the end of our trip, it was a long, quite an exhaustive trip, because at the end we were very tired, and we had a night flight. So, we were on our way to the airport for the night flight, and, we got caught in a jam, okay? So I said, "Oh, no problem, we still have some time, all right, it'll be fine".
By the time we reached the airport, we rush all the way to the counter, the guy says, "It's closed. We're sorry". We said, "Why? I think the", He said, "No, no, your flight, I think your flight might have gone off already". I said that "No, no". I look at the ticket again. We thought it's 2230, it's 2130. Oh, you know how frustrated you feel that time? You're angry at yourself, you're angry at the situation, you give a silent prayer, only one syllable. "Why"? You know. "Tianna". You know, it's like, "Why"? You know. It's like, how many of you feel that, oh, you know, when it rains, it rains, right? It's like heaven is pouring on you, you know, it's like, "Why me"? You know. Everyone is blessed, we felt we're the last ones, and but the guy looked at us, I think my face looked very pitiful, he had compassion on us. "You know what? I'll check you in, I'll process it, but I cannot check in your luggage".
Don't forget how many luggage we have, plus a pram. He said that "You have to run all the way, okay? Hopefully", and it's at the end, the gate is right at the end of the terminal. "Do your best, run all the way. If the plane is still there, get on it". So, we started running. I still remember now, until today, all right, we were running, Wendy and I, I was pulling as many luggage as I can, push some forward, then carry the rest, Wendy pushing the pram, we're running, running, running, push all the way, amen, and then we reach the place, and from far I can see there's an attendant, all right, standing at the gate there, and she told us to go in real fast, our luggage and all, try to arrange, put it outside, they'll put it inside, and then we got in. By the time you sat in your seat, you're like, it's definitely not right time, right place, man. And I was, like, frustrated, I was not feeling good, I felt stressed, I felt discouraged, I felt all kinds, all the negative emotions, right? And then there was an announcement. "Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize, because we have a problem with the conveyer belt".
Now, I've travelled a lot, even during that time. I know of problems, planes are delayed because of weather or because of engine trouble. I never hear because of faulty conveyer belt. So, I realized, hey, my luggage made it, delivered by hand. Many of them, their luggage not even in the cargo yet. Now, y'all look at me and say, "Well, Pastor Prince, you knew it was God, right"? No, I'm sorry to disappoint you. After ten minutes sitting down there, I told myself, "How come it's not moving? Who is the one delaying this flight"? That was my thought, who was the one delaying my... you know? See, sometimes we all can get very natural. And then like this, God spoke to my heart. Now, it's not a witness when I say it's God speaking, not a witness, okay? God said to me, "Son, I delayed this flight for you".
I tell you, when you hear God, you know, speaking his love to you, when you know you're loved, at that moment you feel so loved. All your frustrations, all your stress, all your anger, all just melt. Amen. We had time to be comfortable, drink our welcome drink, get ready, all right, talk about shoes. Oh, you gotta put on your shoes for flight, yeah. Just be comfortable. It was after 20 minutes, all right, that the flight took off. It's as if waiting for us, you know? Amen. So, sometimes right time, right place initially may not appear, but then God wants you to learn a lesson of, "I love you. And if I need to delay something, I'll delay it for you". Amen. I really believe God can change legislation and all that just for you. The very year that you are qualifying for something, they change. It's for you. You think, "Cannot be for me". For you. Hey, bro, for you, it's really for you. He counts the hairs on your head, not even one of them falls without him knowing, amen. Right time, right place. Now, let's look at the right place, okay?
We'll look at the story of, Abraham's servant, but before that we look at, Ruth, we just saw just now on the screen. There's a beautiful, Ruth is a picture of you and I. The story of Ruth, I have a sermon, um, album called, "Love Story of Ruth," yeah, "The Love Story of Ruth". It's very romantic, it's a beautiful story, and it's a love story of Jesus and his church. All of us, we are the bride of Christ, amen, and we are all non-Jews for the most part. We are not Jewish people. We don't belong to the commonwealth of the Israel, amen. And, Ruth is from Moab, present day Jordan. And they're actually under the law, they're under the curse, and they're not allowed to enter into the congregation of the Lord. That's under the law, okay?
But what happened is that Naomi, who is a Jewess, a Jew from Bethlehem, she and her husband, all right, Elimelech, all of them left. Elimelech, they left, they left the land of Bethlehem to go to Jordan to stay there for a while because there was a famine, then later on their three sons married, sorry, their two sons married two Moab girls, all right, Ruth and Orpah. And what happened is that later on all, both sons died. Her husband died first, and the two sons died. It's a picture of Israel outside the land. They never really prospered outside the land. In fact, there's even death outside the land. That's why God brought them back, in 1948 they came back as a nation. All the prophetic truths are there. And then Ruth is not part of Israel, right? But then she wanna come back because she said to her mother-in-law, "Your God," the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, "He's my God". He became a believer. "Your God is my God," praise the Lord. She believed in the Lord, amen.
So, she followed her mother-in-law back to Bethlehem when God started visiting them and giving them a harvest of bread, praise the Lord. All right, they went back, and this time when they came back, they came back poor, right? It's all of us, we are all spiritually bankrupt. I don't care how much money you have in the bank, all right? We are all spiritually bankrupt. Even rich people die. It's not just poor people die, rich people die. Everyone come under the curse of sin because we are all spiritually bankrupt, and the wages of sin is death, physical death and spiritual death. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen. So, we should not measure our life by our accumulation of wealth. Stop it, this year stop it. Enjoy the true life. Stop postponing enjoying the life more abundant that Jesus came to give, amen. Just another million, another ten million. Oh, I got this new idea.
My friend has this amazing idea. We'll make a lot of money here, lot of money. Every year the same thing, and end up, you know, frustrated, losing your years and, time is going by, losing time with your family, coming out frustration just for another million. Hey, friend, this is not what fulfillment is. But God can give you blessings, amen, that you can have more than enough to be a blessing, yes, but it must come from the Lord. Now, if you are working in a company, you must be a good steward, amen. Your job is to prosper your company. You must be an asset and a blessing as a testimony to the Lord. You're not there looking to your boss as your source for your profit. The Bible says, "Don't be eye service as man pleases, but work as unto the Lord".
Do everything with excellence. Go the extra mile. Not only when they're looking at you, do it as unto the Lord, knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward. The Bible says that. That's the motive for working, amen. Then we look forward, we see Jesus there, we're working as unto the Lord. We walk before him, before his face smiling at us. This is for you, Jesus. Amen. And then even your life becomes worship. Okay, anyway, talking about this. She came back, and the menial tasks for a poor person to get some sustenance is actually gleaning. In other words, after the harvest, after they reap the harvest, the reapers come and cut the harvest, usually the stalks will fall off. They'll bundle the stalks together, but there are some that fall off. Whatever that falls to the ground, it's a backbreaking work. The gleaners will come, the poor people will come, and they will pick up what fell off, and that becomes theirs.
So, this is what she said. "Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace". This girl who just became a believer believes in grace. What is grace? Unearned, undeserved favor. Now, if she went by the law, the law condemns her. She doesn't belong to Israel. But she's not looking to the law, she's looking to grace. Unearned, undeserved favor, the more undeserving I am, the more I qualify for grace. She says, "I'll go to the fields". She told her mother-in-law, "I'll go and work as a gleaner, I'll go to the field," and look at her faith. "And whoever is there, I will find grace in his sight," okay? So, she went, "And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and," I purposely used the old King James, see if you understand or not. "And her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech".
Now, Boaz was the wealthiest bachelor at that time. So, there's a large field there. Not every part of the field is Boaz, even though he's the wealthiest man. Some parts belong to other men. But because she says, "I'll find grace," she found herself, she happened to be in the field belonging to the wealthiest bachelor. Now, watch this. Her hap, it's Old English. Hap, H-A-P, "Her hap was to light," her hap is the word where you get happening, all right? It's the word where you get happy, hap. When happenings happen the way you want it to happen, you are happy, got it? And for us believers, even when happenings don't happen to happen the way you want it to happen, we are joyful. Joy is independent of circumstances. We have both.
And happenings that happen the way you want it to happen, but qarah is happenings that happen to happen in the right way, amen. Her hap was to light, these two words, hap and light, are two words of qarah. One is noun, one is verb. Qarah is used twice in one verse, right happening. You know the rest. Boaz came, Boaz saw her in the field, he fell in love with her immediately, and she became the great-grandmother of David, who slew Goliath, amen, and from her lineage came our Lord Jesus Christ. Hallelujah, praise the name of Jesus. All started with she was at the right place at the right time. And, you know what? She wasn't smart enough to position herself at the right place at the right time. She don't even know who is the guy who owns that field. She happened to be in the field. What the world calls coincidence, God says it's a God-incident, amen. This is gonna happen to you. Your life partner will just look at you. Serenade you straightaway.
"When I saw her standing there, I fell about from my chair. And when she moved her mouth to speak, I felt the blood go to my feet". You'll find Boaz says all this in verse, no, he don't, okay. You all got it so far? Come on, church. Right time, right place. Qarah is all about right happening, amen. Right happening, praise the Lord. Only God can give right happening. Now, go to Abraham's servant story, praise God. Now, again, let me just tell you this. For the story of Ruth, all right, before we show them Abraham's servant, the story of Ruth is the story of Jesus, right? Now, we are bankrupt. We are, by the law, by the law we are all condemned, amen. We have all broken the Ten Commandments, if not outwardly, inwardly in our thoughts and our hearts and minds. All of us are sinners. We don't have any title to God and his blessings, praise God. But you know what? We need a redeemer. A redeemer is someone who can buy you out of your slave market, out of your sin, amen, out of your condemnation, and bring you to a place of sonship, amen.
So, Boaz, the one who married Ruth, is a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ. To redeem someone, you must have three quality, three qualities, all right? Number one, you must be a relative. There's a law to redeem someone who is poor, all right, under, it's Moses's law, actually. All right, it's imperative that a person is a relative, must be a relative. That's why Jesus came as a man, 'cause all men is lost. Number two, he must be wealthy. The relative, it must be a relative, and must be wealthy, because the poor cannot redeem the poor, right? And third of all, it's the most important, I think, he must be willing. We know our relatives that are wealthy, they are our relatives, but not willing. Don't put up your hands. Right? So, Jesus must belong to the human family, that's why at the start of Christmas he came as a baby, all right, wrapped in human flesh, amen, so that he... is he rich? Oh, yeah, amen. But best of all, he is willing. How willing? Stretch his hands on that cross and said, "I love you. I love you". And died for our sins on the cross, amen.
So, it's a beautiful picture of redemption. Again, we look at, now we go to Abraham's servant. Abraham's servant is from the chapter, 24 of Genesis. Just to let you all know, okay, Genesis 24 is one, long chapter. Longest chapter of all, okay? And, um, why is it the longest chapter in the book of Genesis? Because it's a story about Jesus and the church, his bride. Let me explain. Two chapters before that is Genesis 22, correct? Twenty-four, twenty-two, correct? Twenty-two is about the father's love for the son. The father, okay, let me, God told Abraham, "Take your son, your only son, the son that you love, and offer him on Mount Moriah". Actually, God was talking about himself. He will give up his son, his only son, the son that he loved, and he loved Jesus.
See, you never know how much God loves you until you know how much God loves Jesus, because God gave up Jesus for you, right? And, offer him on Mount Moriah. Where Jesus died is the extension called Calvary from Mount Moriah. It's all about Jesus. So, Genesis 22 is about the cross. Genesis 24 is about after the cross, what is the Holy Spirit doing now? The Holy Spirit is like Abraham's servant. He's unnamed. Throughout this chapter he is not named, why? Because the Holy Spirit is now on earth. Not God the Father, not God the Son, but the Holy Spirit, he's now on earth. So, Abraham's servant is the one that was sent from a far country, like, from heaven, the father, a picture of our heavenly Father, Abraham, sent the servant to find a bride for his son, Isaac.
So, Jesus is the Isaac, our heavenly Isaac. So, we are the bride that's being sought. That's why you are part of the bride of Christ. The fact that you are here, you are saved and all that, you responded to the Holy Spirit, amen. And what is God doing now all over the earth? He is, bringing out from every nation members, amen, born again people that will become part of the bride of Christ. That's why it's the longest chapter. Of all the dispensations that has passed throughout the Bible, throughout history, our dispensation of grace is the longest. It's the longest chapter, amen. Abraham's servant went to find, and he's not named, because the Holy Spirit don't call attention to himself, he calls attention to the Son, always the Son.
So, you know how a ministry is anointed of the Holy Spirit? Not that he talks about the Holy Spirit all the time. It talks about Jesus. If it's under the influence of the Holy Spirit, he will glorify Jesus all the time. He will unveil Jesus to you all the time, amen. If you find a ministry like that, park yourself under that ministry. The person is not out to glorify himself, or he won't get sidetracked. And this is how you know correct doctrine. It all points to Jesus. Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, "He shall glorify me," amen.
So, let's follow the story of Abraham's servant. Are you ready? By the way, you know how it's the ending? Finally, he found the girl, right? That Isaac is supposed to marry, the one that got appointed. He brought her back, he has all the ten camels, she brought her maid with her, all right, and they travelled along for many days before they reached. That many days is like our days today. We are waiting for Jesus, to see Jesus face-to-face. So, she never saw him before, no? You also never see Jesus before. But we learn about every night they have a campfire, the servant will talk, the elderly servant will talk about Isaac, how he's the loved son, how the father heard God tell him to offer his son, the son that he loved, but God stopped him at the last moment, amen. It was a test, but it was a picture of God sending his Son.
So, every night she would hear, "Let's talk about Jesus, the King of kings is here," every night. And by the time finally she came back, she came to where Isaac was, watch this. Isaac was out meditating in the field in the evening, so, guys, if you are waiting for your life partner to manifest, start meditating on the Word of God day and night. And one day you lift up your eyes, your camels are coming, hallelujah. All right, and, "He lifted his eyes and looked, and there, the camels were coming". Shout, the camels are coming. Ha, ha, "Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when she saw Isaac," hey. "First time ever I saw your face". Something about you all, no? The first service I never sing any hymns, all right? All right. So, first time she laid eyes. We'll see Jesus, when? In the rapture.
And you know something? The Jewish rabbis confirmed this. See the word, "Dismounted from her camel"? If you look up in the Hebrew, you know what it says? Fall off, fall off, even fall prostrately. The first time she saw Isaac, she fell off, why? The next verse tells you she was trying to grab her veil. Her veil was somewhere, she tried to grab it, and she fell off. But she fell, and this part here is not in the Bible, but rabbinical teachings tell us, right, when they expound on this, they say that Isaac was there to hold her. And Isaac sang, "She ain't heavy. She's my woman". So, she fell into his arms. Isn't that true for you and I when Jesus comes again? We'll be swept off our feet, literally, in the rapture. Hallelujah. We'll see Jesus. The first time we see Jesus, we are elevated.
"Oh, Pastor Prince, I'm scared of heights". You won't be in the new body. In the new body there's no fear. In the new body you will never feel boredom again. In the new body, what is it? You won't fall asleep when man is preaching. Yeah. Healthy forever, young forever. Forever is a long time, bro. Get your priorities right, amen. He's coming for us. And the Bible, drop down. And, because she asked, is he, she took a veil, she fell because of this. And the servant told Isaac all the things, look at this. "Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her".
Just let you know that this the second mention of love in the Bible. The first mention was Genesis 22, "Take your son, your only son, the son that you love," a picture of the Father's love for his Son, the Father's love for his Son, our Lord Jesus. The Father loved his Son. The first mention is father's love for his son. Of all the love, it's not the love of... or what girl's name or whatever, lah? It's not these two, okay? It's not the ending of a last episode, it's not. The greatest love of al is the Father's love for his Son. You'll never know how much God loves you until you know how much the Father loves the Son, because he gave up his Son for you. Second love, second mention of love is the bridegroom's love for his bride. The Son's love for his bride. Isn't it beautiful? This is the emphasis for the entire Bible, hallelujah.
So, let's follow the story now, let's break it down and then we'll close. Just a little nugget, okay? So, the servant doesn't know. He promised the father, Abraham, Abraham says, "Don't go to the heathen and find an unbelieving girl for my son. Go to my relatives in, Mesopotamia," quite a journey, all right? "And find among them". There's a lot of women in that village, so he doesn't know who. So, finally he brought ten camels and, went all the way, they had ten camels, note that. All the way to the village, and he came to the well, and he says that. Let's follow his prayer. "Then the servant prayed, 'O LORD God of my master Abraham, please give me,'" what? Shout. Up there, shout. Success. You know what's the Hebrew word? Qarah. This is the first mention of qarah in the Bible.
And what did I say? The law of first mention. Don't forget, every time something is mentioned the first time, take note. What else can you see in that verse? Give me qarah, give me a right happening, give me success. But isn't it related? When you have a right happening, it is success for you, right? "Give me qarah this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham". See the word kindness there? It's hesed. It's the word for grace. It's the word for grace. Every time you see qarah, somehow grace is not far away. Grace is tied up with qarah, which means unearned, undeserved favor. Only God's grace can put you at the right place at the right time. Enjoy the kairos moment, hallelujah. Amen? Praise the Lord. "Show hesed to my master Abraham". Then he says, these are the signs that he asked God for. "Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water".
So, daughters are coming out. It's a time in the evening. Women come out, that's their work, to come out to draw water for their houses, right? And, daughters, plural, are coming out. But who came out finally? One. Rebekah. It's a time when daughters come out, but finally one come out, why? What happened to the rest? God restrained them, all right? One of them, their lashes fell off. Another one says, "Oh no". She was about to go out with her pitcher, then says, "I forgot to put my makeup," you know? Another one says this, another one says that, but whatever it is, it's God. God stopped them except the right girl. When you pray for qarah, God will stop anything, maybe even airplane, for you. Amen. Pray. Is it, "Pastor, I don't feel like praying for success. I'm told that that is, fleshly and all that".
Then Abraham's servant, who is a picture of the Holy Spirit, is fleshly? No. Thank God he prayed for success. I cannot understand people who tell you, "Don't pray for success," and all that, because you know why? You don't pray for success, then who do you look to for success? Yourself, or somebody else, or some new age teaching. Aren't you glad people are looking to the Lord? Like, sometimes they, you know, pastor friends would tell me, "People come to church and they fell asleep". "Why aren't you glad"? I said, "They're sleeping in the presence of God. At least they come". Some, they got a problem, you know? Slowly sleep, they get healed, lah? They get healed, they'll shout very loud, amen? And some people look like they are sleeping, but they are not sleeping. Their eyes are like that, that's it. So, these are the signs. He told God this. He told God this.
"Behold, I stand at the well of the water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, 'Please, let down your pitcher that I may drink,' and she says, 'Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink', let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master," hesed. Okay, drop down. "And it happened, before he had finished speaking". Now, underline that, "Before he had finished speaking," because the Lord spoke to me and said this. "Tell them this year". Many of you have experienced this already. Even before you finish speaking, God gives the answer. Isaiah 65 is a promise, here it says, verse 24, "It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; While they are still speaking," like Abraham's servant, "I will hear".
Now, that's not to encourage you, you don't have to pray and all. Of course we pray. In fact, Abraham's servant was praying. While he was praying, the answer was already forthcoming, so what is it? God knew what you gonna pray before you pray, and sometimes God give the answer before you finish praying, because God orchestrated everything. Cannot be that, thunk, she was in the kitchen cutting, you know, fish or whatever, then, pew, she was in the front of the well. Cannot be like that, can it? She must have made her way.
So, God knew. See, qarah don't have to use your logic. You just pray, let qarah, right time, right place happen to me, Father, today, and God will orchestrate everything. And God may orchestrate because he foresee that you will pray that prayer, and even sometimes that... have you ever had this experience? "I must pray about this, I must pray about this," and before you had a chance to pray, answer came. You didn't have to pray. Well, that will happen more and more this year. That's what he said to me. "This will happen more". And when you see that happen, give glory to Jesus. That's one reason why we're sharing this, theme of the year and all that, so that when you see all these things happening, you will give only one the glory. You won't give it to the one instrument that God used. You won't give to another person or whatever, you'll give the glory to Jesus, amen. Praise the Lord. Amen.
Okay, let's go back to the servant. So, "Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah," and this is the family of Rebekah, "she came out with her pitcher on her shoulder". So beautiful. They say that people like this, right, they have very straight backs, very good posture. They put it on their heads as well as they carry on their shoulder, and they walk like this. Let me try, amen. Okay, don't tell anybody, okay? Praise God, hallelujah. This vision will be kept secret. So, the right time, okay, she came out. Now, watch this, okay. "Now the young woman was very beautiful to behold".
All right, check out the Hebrew. It says, "Beautiful meod". Meod means very beautiful. Why did God put this for us? Why? God is telling us, whether it's the life partner or whatever, when you ask God, when you pray and look to God, God will give you the best. He'll give you the best. It's a deal or whatever it is, whether it's an encounter, don't forget, many of these right moments and right timing, listen carefully, many of them happening this year will be you meeting someone that turns out to be someone who needs Jesus. Don't forget, that's the right timing, right place, not just for you, for that person. And if God uses you like this, let me tell you this, you are very blessed. You know why? He trusts you. Of all the people, of all the daughters that can come out, God brought Rebekah out, amen. Rebekah, she knows it later on, she'll be so blessed, feeling so, you know, so, special, isn't it? And if God lets you meet that old colleague, that classmate, he trusts you. Don't let that opportunity go by.
Remember just now, we read Galatians 6 real fast, it says, what? "In due season we shall reap," right? The next verse says, "As we have opportunity". In other words, what opportunity? Kairos also. So, the emphasis here is on kairos. As long as we have kairos, let us do good to all. Now, here the first part refers to humanity as a whole, all right? Community work, blessing the poor, the less fortunate, but especially those who are of the household of faith. So, during our kairos it's not about me, I, myself, us, my family. It's about being a blessing. Another thing, don't forget, the first mention of qarah when Abraham's servant prayed give me qarah is all about Jesus and the church. You cannot have qarah or success outside the church. The first occurrence of qarah and success happened, all right, in this chapter. Which means, what? God doesn't see any success.
You can say you accomplished that and all that, nothing to God is of any value except what is in the church, his church, his. One day, the church today is peripheral to the world. The world is focused on the world, and the church is peripheral. One day the world is peripheral to the church when Jesus comes again. All of a sudden everything is about Jesus and his church. And church is not a building, it is people that are saved, redeemed, called out ones, hallelujah, amen. Are you with me so far? All right, so he said, "Let the girl that come out be the one that will say, 'I'll give you drink,'" and then she look at his ten camels and say, "'I'll feed them all also. I'll give them all drink.'"
Now, I made a study. One pitcher, average pitcher can carry 3 gallons of water, which is 11. something three over liters. One camel, not ten, one camel can drink, minimum, a lot can drink a lot, even 50 over gallons in a few minutes, but let's go minimum. Minimum, 30 gallons, which is 113 liters. Ten camels, she says, "I'll water them all," right? It's 1,113 liters. Now, you work out the math, how much she went back and forth, back and forth. This girl is not just very beautiful, she's amazing, her character. She's the extra-mile girl. And she's fit. Muscles. Amen, she works out to carry 3 gallons, and then to run back forth, and to again, you know, you get some more, the water, it's not easy. Camels. She said that, you read carefully, "Until they finish drinking".
Camels don't seem to finish drinking. Right? It's amazing. You work out the math. And this is the kind of girl he prayed for. And guess what? All the daughters didn't come out, only one came out, and she fit exactly what he said. So much so that he said this, he was wondering, drop down, "And the servant ran," and she met all the criteria, see, "'I will draw water,'" she said, "'for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.'" It's one thing, I'll give them some, lah? The rest, oh, okay, ay, you will take care. "'Until they are finished drinking,'" all right? Drop down, verse 20, all right, "And she quickly emptied her pitcher into the trough, ran back," see the ran back? That's a lot of running. This girl, she believed in running. She is a fit girl, you know, running, running folks. Some girls are just pretty but cannot run. Cannot carry. Amen. Bro, you are in trouble, you looked at your wife.
"And the man, wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not". Now, stop. What did he ask God for? Success. What is the Hebrew word? Qarah, right? Now, I'm gonna look close with this, okay? He was wondering whether the Lord made his journey prosperous or not. The word prosperous is the word tsalach, another Hebrew word. By the way, I cannot finish everything, you know? You see my heart, I wanna pour out, I wanna pour out, then you all make me sing some more, so, you know, the time is passing, and I need to dismiss you all, so this only part one. Part two next week. Okay?
Okay. Watch this. The word tsalach, now why is this word important? It's the first time it appears in the Bible. This is the same word tsalach, prosperity or prosperous, the same word used Joshua 1:8, "Meditate on my word, you will make your way prosperous," tsalach. This is the first occurrence. Remember Psalms 1? "Meditate in his law, though he meditate day and night, whatever he does shall prosper," tsalach, and this is the first occurrence. So, in other words, something there for us to learn. Again, it's this, we learn this. Tsalach, prosperous, first mention of it has got to do Christ and the church, in the chapter about Christ and the church, has got to do with a right happening. And only God can do that for us. That's a word used for, world out there use it, in fact it was only invented in the 1700s by an Englishman from a fairy tale, and the word there that describes qarah, right happening, the world out there calls it serendipity.
Now, what is serendipity? I'm gonna give you a definition from the dictionary, okay? Serendipity is an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident, good fortune; the world calls it luck. You didn't plan that day to meet your life partner. You just went because your friend told you to go somewhere and all that, and then you bump into your life partner, here today you are married. You thought it was a chance happening. God arranged your steps. I see husbands and wives looking at each other. Actually, you don't have to wait for this year, you've been experiencing it already. But this year it will be more pronounced, more consistent, so that you give glory to God when it happens. And please write to us also, we like to hear the testimonies. Amen.
Even for your health, the Lord allow you to hear something, see something, all right, at the right time, amen. A lot of... so in other words, they don't look for example, "Seek you first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things you desire," and those are material, physical things as well he just got through telling us, "shall be added to you". You're not running after them. You're running after the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and then all these things are added to you. That's serendipity. You're pursuing something, and then you chance upon something fortunate, something good. Do you know that a lot of scientific discoveries, even medicine and all that, I can share a long list of it. Like, for example, penicillin, it's all a serendipitous discovery.
For example, penicillin, penicillin, that kills bacteria. Alexander Fleming, and he's a Presbyterian Christian, by the way, he himself said, "It's God who was involved in this experiment". Because he left a petri dish full of bacteria overnight. Forgot to clear it, he just kept it to one side, he left it by accident, he says, "accident". Next morning he got up, there was a growth that stopped and killed the bacterial growth. That's how they discovered penicillin. Until today it still kills bacteria, saved many lives. And Alexander Fleming, that scientist, that's the Presbyterian Christian, he says it was God that caused all that to happen.
Another guy, his name is Fry, and more recent times in the 1980s, he was in the choir. Again, all these things, you know, in the church, amazing what God can do, right? He was actually, trying to write down his notes, and his notes are falling all over the place, and he was thinking, "Is there a better way to have my notes stick on somewhere"? And straightaway he got the idea. He was working for 3M. Post-it Notes. He's a Christian, serving God in the choir, singing, and it started with the choir notes falling all over the place. And he has a friend in 3M that produced an adhesive, like a glue, but not very strong, so the friend put it aside. Not very strong, but actually it's the perfect one for the Post-It. It cannot be too strong. And that was in the 1980s. Serendipity. Not looking for it, good things happen.
The discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in October 1492. He actually went on this journey, this expedition, to discover new lands. Not America. For them, the west, America, is a place where you go far enough, you will fall. They believed the land was flat. But he reads his Bible. He's a Catholic, but he reads his Bible a lot, and he also wanted, besides, trying to get exotic riches in different lands and spices and silk and all that during that time for his country, for his emperor, he actually wanted to share the good news also. And for the first time he went it in a way, his men actually nearly, you know, there was nearly a mutiny on board and all that, but he really felt like he needed to go do this way, and many of them thought they will fall. And that's how America was discovered.
Coca-Cola was found serendipitously, all right? The guy was creating something for the stomach, you know, for digestion, to help people, you know, it's sort of like a cough syrup. But a lot of people who drank it, like it. Coca-Cola. No advertisement, Pepsi also good, all right? Okay, so. Serendipity. There's the word they use out there in the world, but for us, God makes serendipity happen to us. Right time, right place. Has this blessed you? All right, only part one, amen. We hope you come back and bring a friend.
Stand to your feet. And as you are standing, I know some of you, you have never put your trust in Christ as your Savior and your Lord. I wanna give you this opportunity. Everyone, just for a while, just try not to move around, because there are souls, souls in the balance. There are one thing to trust in Christ, but God's Spirit is moving, and give them a chance, just a chance to pray this prayer. So, if that is you, wherever you are watching this right now, pray this prayer with me right now. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved. If that is you, say:
Father in heaven, I believe Jesus Christ is my Lord and my Savior. You sent him to die on the cross because you love me. And on that cross Jesus took all my sins, all my diseases, all my pains, and all my judgment, and finished them off. And you raised him from the dead when you declared me not guilty, justified. Thank you, Father. In Jesus' name, amen.
Lift your hands all across this place. I want you all to pray this prayer with me, with me, that will happen this week. Sometimes God gives a, you know, an immediately manifestation of the sermon, all right, of the vision, even the same week. So, when it happens, you know, amen, it is God. Only God can put you at the right time at the right place. So, let's pray for the right time, right place. You follow me in this prayer, okay? Like what Abraham's servant did. Say:
Lord God of Abraham, Heavenly Father, this week give me success, give me qarah, give me kairos. Right time, right place. Let it happen to me, to my family, to my children, even in school. Thank you, Father, this week in the name of Jesus, amen.
That's it. God heard our prayer. Get ready, for some of you, Rebekah is coming. Some of you, the camels are coming. Some of you, God bless you, you're positioned. What you think is a wrong time wrong place, it will become a right time, right place! God bless you! We'll see you again!