By Faith We Offer Up Isaac (1)

Genesis Chapter 22, Hebrews 11:17

"By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac..."

God let Abraham and Sarah wait twenty-five years so that they might turn to Him alone and trust in Him alone in their hopelessness. Then, the time came when God gave Abraham and Sarah a son, Isaac. They must have praised and thanked the Lord with all their hearts and souls. Knowing that they could never produce another child by themselves, they must have treasured their only begotten son Isaac as God's gift. They trusted that through Isaac and his descendants, their nation would be established, and many peoples on earth would be blessed through his lineage, that is through the coming Messiah, Jesus (Gen 12:1-3). While they loved and rejoiced in God's precious gift of Isaac, Abraham's faith would be tested again. This time, God commanded Abraham to offer Isaac whom he loved (Gen 22:2). It was a real test for Abraham to offer his only son Isaac, whom he loved. It was much easier for him to offer gold or silver or even himself to God! God knew that Abraham loved Isaac so much, and He tested Abraham to prove whether he still feared God and loved God above all, which must be manifested in complete obedience to God's instruction.

By faith Abraham believed that God would keep His promises and that He would be able to raise Isaac up from the dead. Without consulting Sarah, who could try to stop his doing, "by faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure" (Heb 11:17-19). Abraham's trust and obedience was rewarded, "... for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me" And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice" (Gen 22:12, 18). What about you?

THOUGHT: Saving faith must bear the fruit of obedience to God.

PRAYER: Lord, help me love, trust and obey Thee above all.

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