This scripture is an incredible story illustrating the faith that Abraham had in his God. God had made promises over a period of time that Abraham and Sarah would have a son even though Sarah’s child bearing age was past and there would be descendants more than the stars in the sky and more than the sand on the shore. Even though it was hard to believe, Abraham trusted God that His word would come to pass.
What horror it must have been for Abraham when God asked him to offer up this boy as a burnt offering? In this scripture we see how he was prepared to trust God implicitly with what He asked him to do. As Grey says in her book “It was a test. It was a test of obedience which Abraham passed with flying colors. Instead, God provides an unblemished ram for their sacrifice and worship.” This is a beautiful example of God testing Abraham as to whether he would listen to what He asked him to do and when he saw that Abraham was obedient he said to him “now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me”. Abraham is credited with this in the New Testament.
The genre used here in this passage is historical narrative or testimony. Abraham had demonstrated his remarkable faith and obedience in leaving Ur. In Genesis 15, God made a covenant with Abraham in relation to his heir and Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. Abraham was obedient and God came in for him, saved his son and provided another sacrifice.
Abraham’s time was prior to the covenant given to Moses at Mt Sinai. In Genesis 26 God speaks to Isaac and says “I will give your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham ...
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...urrendered our will and trusted and obeyed His will, He carried us through the circumstances so beautifully. For me it gave some little insight into how much it must have cost the Father to give up His only Begotten Son.
In concluding we need to touch on what we can take from the account in the Old Testament and its application to us today. The effectiveness is to transform and change us. Grey speaks about how we should share our ‘yada experiences’. She says “Just as a body requires the blood to be shared, so does the body of Christ require the insight and ‘yada experience’ of its participants to be shared.” So for me today I love to share this with believers and unbelievers, so that they too will experience the restfulness and peace that comes from trusting our Saviour to carry us in His hand and through the trials and testings of life today.
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