Tuesday 4.16.13

Do we trust the Lord?  What is our willingness to serve him?  Do we hold back in fear and lack of trust.  Often we think we have control over situations but the truth is we don’t.  We are our biggest enemy and the this thing called, free will.  We are at liberty to respond to situations the way our emotions lead us but when we are God’s children our will is His will.

When Abraham was instructed to take Isaac to be sacrificed, did he resist the Lord?  He had the faith and trusted God.  Some people have hard time when they hear this.  Why would God ask Abraham to sacrifice his son that was a blessing to him and Sarah in their old age.

Abraham’s greatest test of obedience to God involved Isaac. “Then God said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” (Genesis 22:2). Abraham passed the test, while God stopped it before any actual harm to could come to Isaac – “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from Me your son, your only son.” (Genesis 22:12).

Abraham had been willing to give up his son to God, just as God Himself would later give up His Own Son to a sacrifice that was allowed to happen. An interesting point is that the place where Abraham was sent to sacrifice Isaac, Mount Moriah, is today known as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem – Isaac would have been sacrificed very near the place that Jesus Christ was Crucified. (W.Blank)

God provided a sacrafice,in Genesis 22:8, Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.  Genesis 22:13

God did provide the Lamb, the Lamb of God.  Jesus could have at any time walked away.  But he didn’t.  He trusted God just as Isaac trusted his father.  They passed the test and God provided.  He knows every intricate detail of your life and cares about the decisions you make.  Rather you feel like they are very insignificant, to God you were significant to him.  He sent his only Son to die on the cross for your sins.  You have the free will to believe or to not believe.  God has a plan and it greater than you can ever imagine.   Are willing to serve the Lord.  To serve is trust and allow His word to guide your path.

Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.  No longer will you be called Abram ; your name will be Abraham,for I have made you a father of many nations.  I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.  I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after youGenesis 17:3-7



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