Sunday 6.5.11

Many of you remember reading the story about Abraham and Isaac.  If you remember Abraham was 100 years old when Sarah gave birth to Isaac.  God told them they would have son in Genesis 17:16-17. 
“And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?” 

Abraham definitely displayed little faith that God would give them a child. But, God did exactly as he said and blessed them with a son. Later, God tested his faith by telling him to take Isaac to Mount Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering to the Lord. This time Abraham’s attitude was much different.  

When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

 Those who know your name trust in you,
   for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9:10

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