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June 28, 2021 6:06 am
Maybe it was going to give him everything he knew was familiar and follow God's leading to land. He didn't know what was going and did so because someone had been promised. This test is God asking Abraham in my first in your life. God first in your life's moments of hope with David Chang test, God presented Abraham and Sarah before giving them their son Isaac today.
David takes us to the 22nd chapter of Genesis. As we begin a brand-new series we're calling provision. David calls this first message availability begin today for new series called provision report series going to look at a text Genesis 22 verses one through 14. A rather difficult text, but hopefully will be understandable to you after I have finished explaining it.
We lift up Christ in the process.
We begin by asking this question how many of you when you work in school enjoyed Seth's mall for the few of you raised your hand you deranged crazy people I never did let me ask another question how many of you enjoyed pop tests that nobody raise their hands on that one because how hard Clark does stopping it was to walk into a classroom and have the professor say today were going to have a pop test, and you're sitting there going. Oh no, I not only didn't study. I wasn't expecting this whatsoever. God gave Abraham in the verses were about to look at a pop test. The reason he asked him to do the sacrifice with Isaac was a pop test that you'll see in just a moment in verse one, and here's why this is so interesting. This call that God gave Abraham to sacrifice Isaac goes back to Genesis 12 verses one through three and the original call that God gave to Abraham list of these words. Now the Lord said to Abram go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you and I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing I will bless those who bless you and him who dishonors you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
So God called Abram to leave of the Chaldees, the city which he lived.
All of this family. All of his property everything and go to the place he was going to show it and Abraham gladly did it for one reason Abraham was later on in ages wife was later on in age. God promised him a son. And through this son all of the nations on the earth would be blessed. There would be more people blessed through this son than the stars in the sky in the sands of the seashore.
So again Abraham is willing to give up everything he knew was familiar and follow God's leading to a land he didn't know what was going and did so because son had been promised to him not keep that in mind as God gives Abraham.
This test in Genesis chapter 22 verses one through 14. After these things God tested Abraham. There is verse one God tested Abraham and said to him, Abraham, and he said here I am, he said take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you. So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey and took two of his young men with him and his son Isaac and he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and arose, and went to the place of which God had told him on the third day Abraham, lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men stay here with the donkey. I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.
Keep that in mind, it's very important and come again to you and Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son and he took in his hand. The fire and the knife so they were both of them together, and Isaac said to his father Abraham, my father and he said here I am, my son, he said, behold, the fire in the wood but where is the lamb for a burnt offering.
Abraham said God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son, so they went both of them together when they came to the place which God told them Abraham built the altar there and leave the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.
Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and set Abraham, Abraham, and he said here I am, he said, do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him. For now, I know that you fear God, seeing that you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me and Abraham, lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns and Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering.
Instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place. The Lord will provide as it is said to this day on the mount of the Lord, it shall be provided. You see, God had told Abraham to leave for the Chaldees's home calls. I'll give you a son, and Abraham was willing to do them that what you may not know is that Abraham and Sarah had to wait 25 years for the promise to be fulfilled in about frontal people biblically really have waited very long until he was 25 years, but the son had been promised and Abraham knew that in fact when the child was finally conceived when Abraham was around hundred and Sarah was around 90, they named him Isaac out of their first response in knowing the child was coming. The name Isaac means laughter. How would like to mange your kid up for the first time you knew that your kit was on the way we would have kids name like Jones or Smith. You know Isaac was name laughter because Sarah and Abraham laughed a laugh of joy and incredulity. Isaac but he was the promised one.
Through him all the nations would be born hugs can be blessed you, me, and through him the birth of the Messiah who would then bless all the nations of the earth would come.
Isaac child promised child a blessing.
So what's going on here with this test.
Here's the answer. This test is God asking Abraham this basic question in my first in your life. In my first in your life because what happened was this child promised that Abraham had waited so long for, had become the central object of Abraham's affection. It's easy to have happened in the parents.
Those kids you this love so much become the central focal point of your life and you don't believe it can happen and have easily just go to any ballfield on a Saturday afternoon here in Charlotte, North Carolina, and watch the dad's and the moms to live through their kids vicariously dad's yelling and screaming at their sons to perform better. What a terrible burden to place on the heart of a young child that my dad or mom's happiness.
Their emotional security is dependent upon my performance and yet it's done on ball fields all over the country.
Abraham had done it with Isaac instead of God being primary.
Isaac had become primary so God ask Abraham to do something that becomes a test Abraham is Isaac.
The most important thing in your life or am I was most important in your life.
Isaac had become an idol. The object of Abraham's affection. Now some of you this point goes not to wait a minute, this one reasons I don't believe in the Bible, God is asking Abraham to sacrifice his son for him what's going on with that question in order to understand the answer you need to understand the differences between Abraham's culture not only surrounding him. But what he believed in. It was a family centered culture that still exists in the Mideast today where in America in the West. We have an individualistic centered culture. So even today you have. For example, in our individually driven society. Us looking at a Middle Eastern culture and asking how in the world can you ever support honor killing that of one of your children leaves your family and becomes a part of another religion you will kill your child. That's crazy. That's horrific, that's awful and we say that births from our individualistic American society not from the mid Eastern society.
Though poor family essential for keeping the family together and the common religious beliefs.
Central is central. They look at our Western American individualistic mindset where families are broken apart by the hundreds every year they look at men leaving their wives to go find trophy brides and sometimes the wives doing it themselves and children suffering in that process. They look at the breakdown of the family from their family centric focus and a safe are you doing that's horrific, that's awful. That's terrible.
It depends on how you look at it, which determines your perspective in Abraham's culture. He lived in the family centric society which practice the law of primogeniture. What is that me is the law of the firstborn son the firstborn son had primacy in a family at this point Ishmael's gone.
It's only Isaac, Abraham's only son. He is the primogeniture firstborn son, and in Abraham's day, the firstborn son got most of the inheritance in our day we divide up the inheritance from child to child a child but in Abraham's date, the firstborn son got most of it. Why, because in years to come. That allowed the firstborn have most of the land and keep power, prestige, and possessions in one person's care. Also it assured that the family name would continue. Moreover, as that understanding of primogeniture seeped into the Israelite culture you saw that the firstborn not only got most of the inheritance good parable of the prodigal son. For example, but also first fruits of everything were given to God. The first of many things. What's most important. So, the firstfruits of all possessions, the firstfruits of the crops. The first group stop the cattle all went to the temple in order to support the priest as a worship to God first fruits off the top away of the Jewish people think your first God in our lives. You get the first fruit, the firstborn son was extremely important in the pagan cultures surrounding Abraham as being a way of assuaging a sense of guilt in the hearts of the parents and the family.
So if dad feels this natural sense of guilt and shame that all of us feel for disappointing.we do know we mean when we make a mistake. What we say hey I'm only what I'm only human. With that phrase were admitting we fall short of what God intends. We say, for example, to air is human to forgive is divine, we admit we air as he was, there's a deep sense of guilt and shame in all of us.
The nose we have just pleased Almighty God.
The cultures surrounding Abraham to deal with that great sense of guilt regularly practice the primogeniture sacrifice of the firstborn son to forgive them of their guilt.
A blood sacrifice not only to forgive them but then to assuage the anger of the holy God's around them so they could still be blessed, especially with the crops, so there was a regular practice of the sacrifice of the firstborn son around Abraham.
Not Abraham wasn't willing to be a part of that. But when God said to him you go do it. It wouldn't of been foreign to them. P1 the said no I'm not going to do that because he knew that was a part of the culture that surrounded him and that when got to the Israelites out of Egypt was the last plague.
The guy did to the Egyptians to finally pry Pharaoh's fingers and let the people go wasn't the killing of the firstborn son the law primogeniture.
So Abraham if God said golfer Sarah is the sacrifice you to set one that's crazy offer my wife when got to do offer the firstborn son, your only son, whom you love Abraham's heart was gone, but he would've said I didn't because you need in your holiness to have me offer him for the forgiveness of my sins. So he marches in the three cent drama of these verses. First of all with the test.
He watches three days from his home in Beersheba to the place were modern-day Jerusalem is about a 45 mile walk he would've taken three days.
What's the deal with three days in the Bible ever thought about that, as Jonah stayed in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights then was vomited on the shore as Jesus stayed in the earth three days and three nights until he was raised from the dead, you have another three day trip and on the third day God do something remarkable and what's interesting as you.
You look at this and this understanding of what God might do you have with the test got looking at Abraham's heart warning Abraham to come to grips with his son as being the object of his affection and then you have not only the test but the test of faith in verses five through eight. Abraham is now at the base of Mount Moriah work. God showed him. He wants to sacrifice the son. Interestingly, Mount Moriah is a set of mountain ranges where Jerusalem was built. Mount Moriah today is where the temple was built the Temple of Solomon was built on the top of Mount Moriah and the hill.
This right next to Mount Moriah is another mountain called Calvary. It's the place where Jesus was crucified.
God told Abraham to go to Mount Moriah the place for the temple is built and to take his son up there. But what's so fascinating. As the test of faith comes to bear here is verse five Abraham said to his young men, he took to service with him along with Isaac, stay here with the donkey.
I and the boy will go over there and worship going on top of the mountain.
Our major responsibilities to worship because I want God to know he is first in my life and if he continues to ask me to sacrifice my son in the prime medial law of permitted progenitor here is what I believe. And, again, to you, you can easily add the first person plural. We we will come again to you. Here's what Abraham believed Isaac was the child of promise, Isaac was the one that got you promised me not Ishmael, through whom all the nations of the earth will be blessed this child and I believe with all my heart. I don't know how you're going to do it.
I don't know how you're going to bring together your holiness for my sin that needs to be satisfied, but also your love which was to forgive me. I don't know how you're going to do that on that altar.
But if that knife doesn't plunge into Isaac any dies. I believe you will somehow raise him from the dead, we will come back to you the author of the book of Hebrews. In Hebrews 11 verses 17 through 19th believe this to when he wrote these words, looking at Abraham.
Amidst all the other great saints of faith in the Old Testament. He says this about Abraham by faith Abraham, when he was what tested offered up Isaac and he who had received the promise was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said through Isaac shall your offspring be named. He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking. He did receive them back.
So Abraham, when he marched up Mount Moriah with Isaac said the service we will be back because he believes this is only set out with David something hello and hello Sonia Cunningham data joins me in the studio. In a conversation about what it really means to be a child of God right I am Tony Marciano presidency Europe Charlotte rescue mission ask you a question will you do when you stand at the intersection of homelessness and addiction to thin the person's shoes for just the second what is it that you really need.
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Thanks so much for being that's today hi Jan is great being with you as well. Will you call this morning Z devotion remember who and whose you are a great message that my dad would say to me repeatedly over and over and over again, especially as I went out during the evening on some adventure with my friends or if I could get a date which did happen very often in high school, especially but dad would always say to me as I walked out the door. Sonia remember who and whose you are and what he was trying to say there is two things.
First of all remember the fact that your last name is Chadwick. And when you go out on the town no matter where you are.
You represent that name you represent me.
That would say your mom, your family just always remember that whatever you do, there are consequences upon our name in this community. So always remember who you are. You are a Chadwick. Whether you like it or not you represent me represent mommy represent our family out there with whatever you do, and then secondly he would say. Remember whose you are. And that would remind me that I belong to Jesus. That really I'm in the family of Chadwick for sure, but I'm also in the family of God and that I bear the name of Jesus on my chest and when I'm out there. I am representing him as well. So dad was trying to remind me that whatever choices I make. There are consequences that will reflect upon Jesus my Lord, my Savior, my father in heaven. So he was just trying to remind me that I have a personal responsibility to my family name.
I have a greater eternal responsibility to God's name and those two things constantly reminded me when I was out to make wise choices to make good decisions because I'm not only representing my life am representing the lives of many other people, but especially my father in heaven who has revealed himself to me through Jesus Christ my Lord. I really like this and I'm not sure if it's in the official data handbook that my dad used to tell me this is Long Island data entry and then I really liked it because it did help meeting the standard.
And we all need a standard and it's not on without reaching and we can restart and when were called hire we will respond hire. I believe that Jen and I also believe that our identity and understanding who we truly are in Christ will overcome any problem will ever face and like Jesus at it this way in John eight you're no longer a servant you're a son, and interestingly, in Roman days when a father didn't like his own son's behavior too much. He would always be on the lookout for a servant that he would bring into his family and then over time, even though that son would have by birthright. A natural inheritance given to him. The father could at any point adopt officially that servant into his family and that servant, becoming a new son would suddenly have the name of the father and then they made an air of everything the father owns her Jesus was trying to say there are two identities out there.
You either see yourself as a servant under the bondage of God, always trying to please him. Fearing punishment if you mess up or you can see yourself as an adopted son or daughter in the family of God with a new name with a new identity being an air of everything the father owns and when you realize that's how much the father in heaven loves you. You will respond accordingly. You want to live in a way that always please assist his eyes. I'm such a good wearing today thinking David and everyone if you'd like to receive these daily written moments of hope go to moments of Hope Church.org and subscribe there there free of charge still alive every morning in your inbox at 7 AM a gift from my heart to yours and in moments of help with blank, senior pastor of moments of Hope Church. We would love to have you join us for worship this Sunday morning.
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