Posts Tagged ‘gifts’

God Will Provide

December 7, 2015

Most of us know the story of Abraham.  When he was about 75 years old God told him that his descendants would be as the “sand of the sea”.  The only problem was that Abraham did not have any children yet.  Abraham believed God.  Abraham would have to wait about 25 years before the promised child, named Isaac,  would arrive.  This was a miraculous event!  When Isaac was a teenager, God told Abraham to sacrifice his son.  Abraham was obedient and set off to do what God had told him to do.

I.  God Will Provide:  Genesis 22:5-14

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.”

Abraham fully intended to sacrifice his son, and yet he believed that somehow God would restore his son to life and they would return.  It was an act of both faith and obedience.

The sacrifice that Abraham was to make was a foreshadowing of the sacrifice that God was going to make through His Son, Jesus Christ.

The words”God will provide for Himself the lamb” were truly prophetic, although Abraham probably did not realize it at the time.

II.  Jesus is the Lamb:  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!

Here again, it is hard to say how much John truly understood about the prophetic words that he was saying, but we today can look at those words and understand.  Jesus was to be the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world.  Truly in Jesus, God had provided for Himself the lamb for the sacrifice.

III.  The Torn Veil:  Matthew 27:50-51

And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,

When Jesus died the veil of the temple was torn.  This signified our ability tonow enter into the sacred place, the very presence of God.  We were no longer separated from God because of our sin, but we were reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.  God had provided the sacrifice for our sin.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Ephesians 2:8-10

 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.

The salvation that God offers to us through Jesus Christ is the greatest gift ever offered to anyone.

IV.  All Good Gifts:  James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

All of the good things in life that we enjoy come from God.  Even those things that we think that we have earned for ourselves through our own hard work.  Who has given us the abilities that we claim as our own?  Who has allowed opportunities to come our way?  Who has allowed our efforts to be successful?  Who could stop us at anytime in a whole multitude of different ways?

It is God who provides.

We should be thankful for all that we have in this life.

We should certainly be thankful for the life that is to come.

These are the sermon notes from 11/22/15.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.