"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.