Posts Tagged ‘Abraham’

God Will Provide

February 22, 2017

The message today is based on a story that is familiar to most of us.

I.  Abraham’s Test:  Genesis 22:1-14

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”

And he said, “Here I am, my son.”

Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”

So he said, “Here I am.”

12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

The test that was given to Abraham was very difficult.  He was asked to sacrifice his only son Isaac.  Now, we know that Abraham had another son, Ishmael, but Isaac was the son of the promise.  The language of ‘only son’ is important for further understanding.

Abraham believed God, trusted God and was obedient to God.  He knew that he had heard from God and he was obedient.  This was before the Mosaic Law had been given to the Israelites, so Moses had no frame of reference, only his ability to hear from God.  Today, we would wish to compare the voice of God’s Spirit to the revelation of His Word for confirmation.

God is able to provide.  Ultimately, God did provide the lamb for the burnt offering.  God did not want Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, rather God wanted to point to the sacrifice that He Himself would one day make for the world.

Whatever test God brings our way, He will provide the resources to complete that test.

II.  The Lamb of God:  John 1:29

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

The test of Abraham pointed toward the day when Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God would be offered up as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.  Truly, God did provide the lamb for the ultimate sacrifice.

III.  Death to Life:  Ephesians 2:1-10

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

We were dead in our trespasses and sins.  It is only because of the grace of God that we may have new life.

We have been made alive in Christ, not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done for us.

It is by grace, through faith, for good works.  It is important to keep the correct order.  If God did not reach out to us, we would remain dead in our sins.  He has reached our to us by the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ and given us the opportunity to respond with faith in Jesus Christ.

This faith in Jesus leads to the new life.  We do not remain as we were, we become the people of God.  Our lives are changed, not because of our efforts but because God is working in us.

Thanks be to God!

To Him alone be the glory!!

 

These are the sermon notes from 2/19/17.  All scripture quotes are from the New Kings James Version of the Bible.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I do not have any control over them, nor do I receive any money from them. 

God Will Provide

August 7, 2014

My wife and I recently returned from our vacation.  On this vacation we took our 1983 Yamaha Venture motorcycle on a tour of national parks in the west.  We visited Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons.  We put over 3000 miles on the bike and had a wonderful trip.  A couple of days after returning home, I had dropped Gloria off at Walmart and was headed to the school.  There was a flash and a puff of smoke from up near the battery compartment of the motorcycle.  I immediately pulled over and shut off the engine.  Then I pushed the bike a short distance up to a side road so that I would not have to deal with traffic.  I removed the cover and looked down at some charred wires.  Meanwhile, a man who had been cutting the grass on the property where I stopped came up and introduced himself.  He was a former motorcycle mechanic who looked over my bike, disconnected a wire he said I didn’t need, changed a fuse, and I was on my way.  I believe that those wires could have shorted out any time on our trip, but God arranged for them to short out at the right time for me to have help immediately available.

God will provide.

I.  Abraham:  Genesis 22:1-14

 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”

And he said, “Here I am, my son.”

Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”

So he said, “Here I am.”

12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

We recognize that the near sacrifice of Isaac is meant to be a symbol of the sacrifice that God would make of His only begotten son, Jesus.

God will provide.  He provides for our redemption through “the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” .  He will certainly provide for our needs.   We can trust Him.

II.  Isaac:  Genesis 24: 7, 12-19

The Lord God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there…

 Then he said, “O Lord God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14 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.”

15 And it happened, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder. 16 Now the young woman was very beautiful to behold, a virgin; no man had known her. And she went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and came up. 17 And the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher.”

18 So she said, “Drink, my lord.” Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and gave him a drink. 19 And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.”

Abraham wanted a wife for his son from back home.  He sent his servant to get the job done.  Both Abraham and the servant trusted that God would provide the woman that was meant to be the wife of Isaac.  God directed things so that they worked out perfectly.  God is able to do things like that, not just in biblical times, but for us today.

III.  Jacob:

A.  Genesis 28:20-22

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”

Jacob left home and trusted that God would provide.  He also promised to give God a tenth of what God gave to him.

B.  Genesis 32:9-10

Then Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your family, and I will deal well with you’: 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant; for I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two companies.

God richly blessed Jacob.  It had been many years but God had done far more than simply provide food to eat and clothes to wear.

Not all of us will be made materially rich, but God will provide for His people.  We can trust Him.

God will provide.

These are the sermon notes from 7/27/14.  Any advertisements that may appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any payment from them.

Faith of Our Fathers

April 15, 2013

Here are the sermon notes from 4/14/13.

Introduction:  One of my earliest memories of church is standing alongside my father as the congregation sang Holy, Holy, Holy, .  When we think of the faith of our fathers, it doesn’t mean literally, the faith of our biological fathers, but rather our predecessors in the faith.  Our lineage in the faith stretches back through the years, all the way to Abraham and beyond.

I. Rule Over Sin: Genesis 4:3-8

And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

I have heard it preached that Abel’s sacrifice was accepted because it was a blood sacrifice.  I do not believe that was the problem.  Elsewhere in scripture all different types of offerings were presented to, and accepted by, even commanded by, God.  It tells us in Hebrews that “by faith” Able offered a better sacrifice than Cain.  Obviously, Cain believed in the existence of God, so it wasn’t that type of faith.  I believe that it was an attitude of the heart.  God knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts and I believe that Cain was not right in his heart towards God.   Our first priority to should be to incline our hearts towards God.

Cain is warned that sin is “at the door”.  There is always the opportunity to sin.  Sin brings consequences.  We should seek to avoid sin like the plague that it is.

Cain is urged to “rule over sin”.  Some versions say to “master it” .  In order to do this we must first be able to recognize sin.  We need to know what is, and what is not, pleasing to God.  The second step is to resist sin.  This requires an active choice on our part.  It is one thing to know what is right, it is another thing to actually do it.  We are called to “rule over” sin, that is, to conquer it.  We do this by developing our relationship with God.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to recognize, resist and rule over sin.

II.  Children of Abraham:  Genesis 15:1

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

We may not be descendents of Abraham in a physical sense, but we are his children in the faith.  This event takes place before God has changed Abram’s name to Abraham.

God is our shield.  I really appreciate that God is able to protect us from the attacks of the enemy.  I do sometimes wonder why He allows some things to happen, while preventing other things.  I recognize first of all, that a shield does not protect us from our own careless, or flat-out wrong actions.  A shield protects us from attack from the outside, not our own mistakes.  Second, God allows a certain amount of tests and trials into our lives to develop our faith and our trust in Him.

God is our reward.  This is one of the most profound statements of scripture.  Our relationship with God is greater than anything that this world can possibly offer.  As believers we are able to be in the very presence of God.  There is no greater reward than our relationship with God.  I suspect that many of us have not come to truly appreciate what that means.

III.  God Will Provide:  Genesis 22:7-8

But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”

And he said, “Here I am, my son.”

Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

This quote comes from the episode in which God has told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar.  Abraham is going to obey God and is on his way to follow through with this command when this exchange takes place.   Every time that I read this I am struck with the saying that “God will provide for Himself the lamb”.  Of course, this is a type, or a forecast, of the sacrifice that God would make of His son Jesus.  Jesus is called ‘the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”.  God did indeed provide the lamb, His Son, for the sins of the world.

After God had stopped Abraham from killing his son, a ram is found in the thicket and offered to God as a sacrifice.  Abraham called the place “the Lord will provide”.  As believers we have continued to believe in a God who will provide what is needed in our lives.

Conclusion:  We can learn from those who have gone before us in the faith.  We should develop our relationship with God.  We should learn to rule over sin.  We should trust that God will provide.

 

Could Be

December 2, 2010

In Bible study last night we were discussing the vision that Abraham experienced in Genesis chapter 15.  It involved the physical presence of dead animals, Abraham, vultures, and a dream of terror, with the appearance of an oven, or furnace and a smoking torch or lamp.

We had a good discussion of the possible meanings of the various elements involved in this story.  We did not arrive at a definite conclusion.  We recognized that there was a range of possibilities.  As each idea was examined we would recognize that it “could be”.  Even after dismissal, people continued to discuss the vision, with comments about checking a favorite authors interpretation.

The point is that we recognize that there are some things that we can strongly assert about the teachings of scripture, while there are other things that we would be wise to admit that it “could be’ something other than what we believe to be true.   The key is to recognize when to be dogmatic, and when to be flexible.

Eye On The Prize

November 18, 2010

In Genesis 15:1, God tells Abraham ” I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”  As spiritual descendants  of Abraham we are able to take hold of this promise for ourselves.  The greatest blessing that we receive from God, is the relationship that we have with God through our faith in Jesus.   We are given the opportunity to walk this earth in a relationship with the Lord of Lords, and the King of Kings.  There is nothing in this world that can compare with that gift.

It is sad that so many people, even many Christian people , look to the things of this world to make them happy.  True joy is not found in the material stuff of this world, but in the One who created the heavens and the earth.  In our daily lives, may we keep our eyes on the prize, the “exceedingly great reward’.  May we walk on this earth, in a relationship with God Almighty.  May we be aware of His presence in our lives.