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THE LORD WILL PROVIDE
March 4, 2018
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 22:1-3, 6-14
KEY VERSE: And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. (Genesis 22:8)
· The 22nd chapter of Genesis records for us the greatest TEST that Abraham would face as a believer. It is a beautiful picture of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
· But the primary lesson from this is that God will TEST His servants from time to time. A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted.
· We can learn a number of things from the TRIALS to which Abraham was subjected. Abraham was tested and so will YOU. Will you pass YOUR tests?
I. GOD’S COMMAND. (Genesis 22:1-3)
INSIGHT: God did not intend for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. The command was a test; it was a test of how far Abraham would trust the Lord with his most precious possession. Yet the story is also prophetic. God, who was too kind to take Abraham’s son, was willing to surrender His own Son (His only Son, whom He loves) to win our salvation. In the test of Abraham we see foreshadowed the ultimate test of God’s own love. And the proof that God’s love for us is real (see John 3:16).
A. Abraham’s "Tests" From God.
(Genesis 22:1-3) And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
· The family test...when Abraham had to leave his family and step out on faith to go to a new land.
· The famine test...which Abraham failed because he doubted God and went down into Egypt.
· The fellowship test...when Abraham gave Lot first choice concerning the pasture land.
· The fighting test...when Abraham won the victory over the kings of the cities of the plains.
· The fortune test...when Abraham refused the wealth of the king of Sodom
· The fatherhood test... Abraham failed when he agreed to Sarah's plan to have a child with Hagar.
· The farewell test...when Abraham said good- bye to his son Ishmael.
INSIGHT: Genesis 22:2 records the word “love.” This is the first time that the word “love” appears in Scripture. Abraham loved Isaac, and yet the Lord called upon Abraham to sacrifice this beloved son (now probably at least a teenager).
B. Our “Tests” From Self.
1. Sometimes we get ourselves into situations that are tough because we make wrong choices.
2. Often through disobedience we find ourselves in a mess that will test our faith.
3. How we deal with our circumstances is of the utmost importance (see James 1:12-16).
4. Temptations come from our desires within us and tempt us to do evil.
5. Trials come from God and are used to bring out the best in us (see James 1:1-6).
6. All believers face similar temptations, but not all experience the same kind of trials of faith from God.
Faith to Fly
It is said that John Wesley and Charles Wesley were in a prayer service together. Charles Wesley said, "I feel so happy that if the Lord should tell me to fly, and I had wings, I would fly!" John Wesley replied, "If the Lord should tell me to fly, I would fly whether I had wings or not!"
"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." – From Dr. Lee Roberson, the late pastor of the Highland Park Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
II. GOD WILL PROVIDE. (Genesis 22:6-8)
(Hebrews 11:17-19) 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.
A. Abraham’s Obedience.. (Genesis 22:6)
(Genesis 22:6) And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
1. Remember that Christ carried His own cross.
2. The fire here speaks of judgment.
3. The knife speaks of the execution of judgment and of sacrifice.
B. A Promise Of Provision. (Genesis 22:7-8)
(Genesis 22:7-8) And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
1. Isaac’s question.
Isaac questioned his father about the “lamb.” Abraham said that the Lord would provide.
INSIGHT: Genesis 22:13 tells us that shortly after this there was a ram that was caught in the thicket by his horns, and Abraham got that ram and offered it. Abraham says here that God will provide Himself a “lamb.” But there was no “lamb” there; it was a “ram,” and there is a distinction.
The Lamb was not provided until centuries later when John the Baptist marked Him out and identified Jesus Christ, saying, “… Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). “God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering” -- it is very important to see that Abraham was speaking prophetically.
2. Abraham’s understanding.
Abraham is now ready to offer his boy on the altar although he does not quite understand.
III. GOD’S PROVISION. (Genesis 22:9-14)
A. Obedience. (Genesis 22:9)
(Genesis 22:9) And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
Isaac was not just a little boy whom Abraham had to tie up; Isaac was a grown man! I believe that Isaac could have overcome Abraham if it had come to a physical encounter, but he was obedient to his father. And the Lord Jesus went to the cross of Calvary in obedience to His father saying, “Not My will, but Thine be done.” Jesus Christ went to the cross to fulfill the will of God. What a picture we have here!
B. Expectation. (Genesis 22:10)
(Genesis 22:10) And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
Abraham was obedient to the Lord and started to slay his beloved son believing that the Lord would resurrect Isaac if he killed him. At this point you and I might have said, “Abraham, are you going through with it? It looks now like God is going to permit you to.” He would have said, “I sure am. I’ve been taught that it is wrong, and I don’t understand, but I’ve also learned to obey God.” Abraham expected a miracle; Abraham expected his son to be resurrected!
C. Faith. (Genesis 22:11-12)
(Genesis 22:11-12) And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
INSIGHT: The Lord restrained Abraham and kept him from killing his son Isaac.
1. God’s knowledge.
Now God knows that Abraham fears Him. How does He know? By his actions, by his WORKS; previously it was by his FAITH (see Genesis 15:1-6). God sees your heart -- He knows whether you are genuine or not -- but your neighbors and your friends do not know. They can only know by your works. That is the reason James could say that “faith without works is dead.” Faith has to produce something!
2. God’s testing.
Dr. Vernon McGee wrote concerning these passages: “James wrote that Abraham was justified by works when he offered up his son. But wait just a minute. Did Abraham offer his son? Does your Bible say that Abraham plunged the knife into his son? No, and mine doesn’t read that way either.” -- From Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee
INSIGHT: I believe that any person whom God calls, any person whom God saves, any person whom God uses is going to be tested. God tested Abraham, and God tests those who are His own today. He tests you and me, and the tests are given to us to strengthen our faith, to establish us, and to make us useable to Him. This man Abraham has been given the supreme test, and God will not have to ask anything of him after this.
D. Provision. (Genesis 22:13)
(Genesis 22:13) And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
1. Isaac’s substitute.
The Lord provided a substitute and the substitute was killed in the place of his son. All the way from the Garden of Eden down to the cross of Christ, the substitution was this little animal that pointed to Christ’s coming. God would NOT permit human sacrifice!
2. Our salvation.
When God’s Son came into the world, His Son went to the cross and died: “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). That cross became an altar on which the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world was offered. It is very important to see that.
E. Calvary. (Genesis 22:14)
(Genesis 22:14) And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
The Lord inspired Abraham to name this place “Jehovah-jireh,” meaning “Jehovah will provide.”
1. This is the place that many people believe is where Solomon’s Temple was built.
2. Golgotha, the place of a skull, is there on the same ridge where the Temple stood.
C. There Abraham offered his son and there the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
By Bill Crowder
· In my early years as a pastor, I served in small churches where finances were often tight.
Sometimes our family finances felt the weight of that pressure. On one occasion, we were down to the last of our food and payday was still several days away. While my wife and I fretted about how we would feed our kids in the next few days, our doorbell rang. When we opened the door, we discovered two bags of groceries. We had not told anyone of our plight, yet our provider God had led someone to meet that need.
· This reminds me of the Old Testament account of Abraham when he was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac.
At just the right moment, God provided a ram instead. Abraham called this place Jehovah-Jireh, “The-Lord-Will-Provide” (Genesis 22:14). He is the One who still cares deeply for His children.
· Jesus said, “Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8).
He is constantly caring for and seeking the best for us -- a reminder that in times of hardship, need, and fear, we have Someone who cares. Peter wrote that we can cast all our cares upon Jesus, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). We can turn to Him in our time of need. – Bill Crowder, Our Daily Bread, December 18, 2009
CONCLUSION: God set forth a beautiful picture of Christ in this Old Testament account of Abraham's test of his faith.
· We see in Isaac the OBEDIENCE of Christ to the will of the Father.
· In Abraham we see the SACRIFICE of the Father to give His only begotten Son.
· And prophetically we see the LAMB OF GOD who would take our place on the cross that we might have fellowship with the Father.
· We must learn how to FACE THE TESTINGS of God.
1. Expect tests of faith to come.
2. Focus on promises, not explanations.
3. Depend on God's provision.
4. Look forward to what God has for you.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “Sacrifice is the true measure of our giving.”
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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook ( www.sermonnotebook.org ), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.
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