Sunday, July 22, 2018

Abraham's 3rd Test--The Sacrificial Offering

God tested Abraham’s faith in three different ways. Now we look at his third test.
The Lord promised Abraham he would have a son, but he had to wait 25 years before Sarah gave birth to Isaac. Several years after Isaac was born, God tested Abraham by asking him to offer his son back to Him (Gen. 22:1-2). The fact that this was a test means God wanted Abraham to offer him, but never intended him to be killed. God tests our faith to see if we really do trust Him.

What was the purpose of the test? The promises of future generations were in Isaac. Abraham had to trust God with his future, but the offering also foreshadowed what would happen to Jesus.
Abraham offered his only son. God offered His only SonIsaac carried the wood that would be used to offer him (Gen. 22:6). Jesus carried the cross that would be used to offer Him (John 19:17). Abraham believed God would raise his son from the dead (Heb. 11:19). God did raise His Son from the dead. 

As Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, an angel stopped him. A ram had its horns stuck in the brush and became the substitute sacrifice (22:9-14). The ram was at the right place at the right time. Abraham passed the test. He offered him just as God had said.

God rewards obedience. Years ago God called me to go to seminary to study for the ministry, even though I was broke. It would take three years and a lot of money to get my degree. I didn’t have any money but I did have a car. I decided to sacrifice my only possession in order to obey God. I planned to sell my car and use the money to pay for my first semester.
Just before I enrolled, God miraculously provided my financial need in an unexpected way, like the ram caught in the thicket. The provision paid my tuition and rent for the entire three years so I didn’t need to sell my car. I graduated without borrowing money.

Many people never experience God’s miraculous provision because they’ve never made a sacrificial offering to Him. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).

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