Do You Obey In Faith Gen. 22:1-6, 9-18 Feb. 10, 2008
1. Obey In Faith . . Receiving The Command Of God? 22:1-2
The Command Of God With . . Accountably. 22:1
1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he answered.
The Command Of God With . . Astonishment. 22:2
2 "Take your son," He said, "your only son Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."
When God spoke
Abraham's name it seems he responded quickly with accountability. It
was similar to a
military private reporting to the General for duty. I think this
announcement from the Lord astonished
Abraham. How can this child be offered as a burnt offering and still
become an heir with the promised blessing.
How will his seed be multiplied as the stars of the sky if Isaac
becomes a burnt offering. We don't have any
record of this kind of thinking by Abraham but we don't have everything
that took place.
2. Obey In Faith . . Responding To The Command Of God? 22:3-6
A. Abraham Responded With . . Affirmation. 22:3
3 So early in the morning Abraham got up, saddled his donkey, and took with him two of his young men and his son Isaac. He split wood for a burnt offering and set out to go to the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.
B. Abraham Responded With . . Anticipation. 22:5-6
5 Then Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there to worship; then we'll come back to you." 6 Abraham took
the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac. In his hand he took the fire and the sacrificial knife, and the two of them walked on together.
3. Obey In Faith . . Respecting The Command Of God? 22:9-14
A. Abraham Respected And . . Initiated the
Details of The Command. 22:9-10
9 When they arrived at the place that God had told him about, Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood. He bound his son Isaac and placed him
on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
B. Abraham Respected The . . Interruption of The
11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" He replied, "Here I am." 12 Then He said, "Do not lay a hand on the
boy or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from Me."
C. Abraham Respected The . . Improvising
13 Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son.
14 And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, so today it is said: "It will be provided on the Lord's mountain."
his respect of the Lord's command in the manner he initiated as he got
preparations ready for the trip he and Isaac must take. As God noticed
the specific obedience, He interrupted
the sacrifice. He did this because he had a ram caught in a thicket
that served as His improvising sacrifice. In
verse seven Isaac asked his dad, "where is the lamb for the burnt
offering?" God provided a ram for Isaac, and
He provided a Spotless Lamb for our sin.
4. Obey In Faith . . Rewarded From The Command Of God? 22:15-18
A. Abraham Rewarded Because He Did Not . .
Withhold From The Lord.. 22:15-16
15 Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, "By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done
this thing and have not withheld your only son,
B. Abraham Rewarded Because He . . Willingly
Obeyed the Lord. 22:17-18
17 I will indeed bless you and make your offspring as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gates of their
enemies. 18 And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed My command." HCSB