When the faith of Abraham was tested, he did not dwell on feelings for his son, Isaac, but focused on the power of God (able to resurrect him). His willingness to give up what was most precious to him in obedience to God showed that his faith was authentic. Abraham discovered that God would honor his faith with children galore (like the stars of the sky).
We are the children of Abraham when we simply believe God’s word. That’s why we call him Father Abraham. He believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness (see Galatians 3:6). Based on The Abrahamic covenant, God knew there would be millions upon millions of believers.
Through Abraham’s offspring, all the nations of the world have been blessed. I have been blessed and my family has been blessed. The lamb was truly provided because our heavenly Father did the unthinkable- He offered his only begotten Son for the sin of the world. (See John 1:29)
Focused on the relationship with His Father (see Hebrews 12:2), Jesus was obedient unto death, even death on the cross (see Phillipians 2:8).- Teresa #Father’slove #Son’sobedience #ourjoy #thegospel #goodnews #resurrectionpower
https://youtu.be/05_vFmZkUYw listen to Michael Card, “God will provide a Lamb”
Genesis 22:5-19 (ESV)
5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy[f] will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
9 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. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 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.” 13 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. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”;[g] as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”[h]
15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his[i] enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.
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