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Abraham Lesson 19 – GOD WILL PROVIDE

(Read Genesis 22:1-14)

Discussion points

  1. Abraham had entered into a blood covenant with God but before the sealing of the covenant God put Abraham to test. (verse 1).
  2. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son his most prized possession, the son he has longed and waited for all these years. (verse 2).
  3. We should be careful not to be so attached to anything. God can demand whatever he wants from us at any time. (verse 2)
  4. God knew that if Abraham was willing to give his only son as an act of his obedience and total surrender to God, that he will remain faithful to the covenant they had made. (verses 3, 10).
  5. Abraham did not try to reason with God or to determine whether or not he heard God right. He did not ask for a sign like Gideon (Judges 6: 36-40) to confirm the command he received from God. He completely obeyed without holding back. (verse 2).
  6. Through faith and loyalty to God and an assurance that God will do what He had promised to do, Abraham obeyed God without questioning Him. (verses 3, 10).
  7. Although Mt. Moriah is a 3-day journey (verse 4), which could have afforded Abraham much time of reflection upon God’s command to change his mind but, on the contrary, without wavering or questioning the morality of human sacrifice or the purposes of God, Abraham confidently assured his servants of his and Isaac’s return and went ahead with arrangements for the sacrifice (verse 6)
  8. Abraham did not waiver in his faith, he held on to the promise of God, although he was preparing to sacrifice Isaac through whom God had promised to make him the father of many nations (Genesis 17:4) – verse 5
  9. Abraham trusted God to provide a burnt offering in place of his son Isaac. He did not limit God, it was easy for him to trust God because of the testimonies of God’s faithfulness in times past. Abraham did not know how or when but he knew God who had made a promise will bring it to pass. (verse 8)
  10. God will provide himself a lamb, just like God offered His son Jesus, the great sacrifice of atonement, when none in heaven and on earth could have found a lamb for the burnt offering, God Himself offered Jesus as a ransom for many. (verse 8)
  11. Heaven responded to Abraham’s obedience and faith in God by providing a ram for the sacrifice instead of Isaac. Always remember that faithful is God that has promised, and he will do it. (verses 11, 13).
  12. God’s provision for us has certain conditions as to when and where and to whom it will be granted. In this story the lamb was provided in the Mount of the Lord, not in another mount because the Mount of the Lord, Mount Moriah has significant spiritual purpose and is profoundly sacred to Christians. (verse 2).

 

SUMMARY

GOD – THE PROMISE KEEPER

  1. As believers, we must know that all that we have or possess belongs to God and Him alone. (Psalm 24:1; Psalm 89:11; Deuteronomy 10:14.)
  2. For us to take possession of the covenant blessings God has promised us and to see them fulfilled in our life, we must come to the altar of sacrifice just like Abraham. God will ask for our prized possession to be laid on the altar, something of value that will cost us. (Gen. 22 vs.2; Exodus 20:24, 2 Samuel 24:24; Romans 12:1).
  3. God demands obedience and for us to walk in obedience with God, we must surrender completely all that we have and our will to God. It is our all or nothing. (Galatians 2:20; 1 Samuel 15:22).
  4. God tempted Abraham not to draw him to sin like Satan does, but to lift him up just as He tempted Job and made him the greatest man from the East. When the trial is over you shall come out as a refined gold, lifted and promoted in Jesus name. (1 Corinthians 10:13, Job 1:3)
  5. Abraham’s obedience showed that he trusted God, even when he did not understand, Abraham’s obedience showed that he didn’t debate or seek counsel from others. He knew what to do and refused to use stalling tactics. Abraham’s obedience showed that he trusted God, even when he did not feel like it – Abraham walked by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
  6. God trained Abraham over many decades, bringing him to this place of great trust. In just the last chapter, God asked Abraham to give up Ishmael in the most unusual way. God used that, and everything else he had gone through to train up Abraham and build great faith in him. (James 1:2-4, Psalm 30:5).
  7. God will always demand for our best on the altar of sacrifice, not your bullocks, lambs, your servants nor your stewards, He will ask for your Isaac, “thy son whom thou lovest. Genesis 22:2; Hebrews 13:16. 1 Sam 3:18
  8. It is wisdom and our responsibility when we are going to worship God, to lay aside all those thoughts and cares which may divert us from the service. Leave them behind so that you can worship God without any distraction and be focused only on Him. Abraham left his donkey and servants behind to give God quality worship even in the face of his trial. (Luke 22:39- 46, Hebrews 12:1).
  9. Abraham prophetic declaration that God will himself provide a lamb did not fail because God will not disappoint the expectation of His people. He will always provide and meet us at that very point of our need. (Proverb 23:18; Matthew 9:29; Job 22:28. 1 King 8:15-16)
  10. Christ was sacrificed in our stead, just as the ram instead of Isaac. Just when the enemy thought they have gotten you like Paul and Silas and Peter in jail, the Lord will send his Angel to rescue you from the hand of the enemy in Jesus name. (Acts 16:16-40; Acts 12:5-17).
  11. Let it be known to us at every stage of our life that the Lord sees, and always have His eye upon His people even in your state of distress and trials. He promised never to leave you nor forsake you. Rest on His promises (Proverb 15:3, Psalm 33:18; Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 89:34).

Prayer Points

  1. Father grant me the grace to pass the fiery test of faith just like Abraham in Jesus name. (2 Corinthians 13:5)
  2. Father grant me the faith that moves mountains so that in my time of trials and temptation, I will remain faithful to the end in Jesus name. (Matthew 17:20).
  3. Abraham obeyed God and was counted to him as righteousness. Lord grant me the grace to obey you in all things in Jesus name. (Genesis 15:16; Exodus 19:5).
  4. Lord help me to obey your commands promptly without delay so as to inherit the promise in Jesus name. (Romans 1:5; Hebrews 6:12).
  5. Lord increase my seed to sow every time I appear before You so that my worship can be complete in Jesus name. (Deuteronomy 16:16; 2 Corinthians 9:10).
  6. Father do not let greed and doubt creep in to my heart when you instruct me to lay down my Isaac as a sacrifice so that I can enter into my covenant blessing in Jesus name. (Luke 12:15; James 1:8).
  7. O lord, on the day that matters, command your Angels to come to my rescue, no evil hatchet shall be laid upon me and my household in Jesus name. (Psalm 91:11-12)
  8. Father You provided the lamb for sacrifice in place of Isaac just as Abraham prophesied. Lord honour your word in my mouth and hear me when I call in Jesus name. (Numbers 14:28; Isaiah 51:16.)
  9. Jehovah Jireh, as You provided the lamb for Abraham for sacrifice, provide for all my needs and the needs of my family in Jesus name. In FA, we declare that you are our shepherd; we shall not lack. (Philippians 4:19. Psalm 23:1)
  10. Father put Your fear in me. Let me always fear and reverence You in Jesus name. Psalm 33:8; Deuteronomy 10:12; Hebrews 12:28.
  11. Father after my trials in life let me come out refined as gold and make me a vessel unto honour, sanctified and useful for the Master and prepared for every good work in Jesus name. 1 Peter 1:7; Job 23:10; 2 Timothy 2:21.

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