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Summary: This is the second sermon in a pre-Christmas series called Glimpses of Grace that shows some of the promises of the Redeemer in Old Testament characters and events.

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TEXT: GENESIS 22:1-14

SERIES TITLE: GLIMPSES OF GEACE

SERMON II TITLE: CHRIST OUR SUBSTITUTE

MANY THINGS TAUGHT IN THIS PASSAGE:

A. THE TESTING OF GOD’S SAINTS.

B. TOTAL CONSECRATION TO THE WILL OF GOD.

C. THE GRACE OF SUBSTITUTION.

D. THE PREINCARNATE MINISTY OF CHRIST.

CONTEXT OF THE PASSAGE:

A. ABRAHAM

1. RICHLY BLESSED BY GOD.

2. HAS RECEIVED THE SON OF PROMISE.

3. NEARING THE END OF HIS LIFE.

4. GOD IS ONCE AGAIN TESTING HIS FAITHFULNESS.

5. ABRAHAM IS SOON TO DIE.

THEME FOR THE DAY:

A. THE GRACE OF SUBSTITUTION:

1. CHRIST IN ISAAC

2. GOD THE FATHER IN ABRAHAM

3. THE JUSTICE OF GOD

4. THE CROSS IN THE BURNT OFFERING

5. WHAT GOD DID FOR US

6. WHAT WE OWE TO GOD

TRANSITIONAL STATEMENT:

SOME ONE HAS TO DIE BECAUSE OF SIN, THE JUSTICE OF GOD DEMANDS IT. SIN IS HORRIBLE AND UGLY, AND THE DEATH HAS TO BE HORRIBLE AND UGLY. BUT GOD IN GRACE HAS PROVIDED US A SACRIFICE. HE SHOWS US THIS IN THIS PASSAGE.

I. JUSTICE DEMANDS DEATH FOR SIN:

A. YE SHALL SURELY DIE.

B. THE PUNISHMENT SHOULD FIT THE CRIME:

1. BETRAYED OUR CREATOR

2. EXCHANGED THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD:

a. FOR THE UGLENESS OF REBELLION.

3. EXCHANGED THE PURENESS OF HOLINESS FOR:

a. THE FILTH OF THE DEVIL

C. THE ONLY SUITABLE PUNISHMENT IS DEATH:

1. LIKE A DOG THAT TURNS ON HIS MASTER

II. GOD DEMANDED SOMETHING DEAR TO ABRAHAM:

A. YOUR ONLY SON WHOM YOU LOVE:

1. NOT:

a. ISHMAEL= YOUR SON BY REBELLION.

b. ONE OF YOUR SERVANTS= WHO ISN’T AS DEAR AS THE SON

c. THE BEST OF YOUR FLOCKS= OUT OF YOUR ABUNDANCE

2. TO SHOW ABRAHAM THE HORROR OF HIS CONDITION

III. GOD THE FATHER IN ABRAHAM:

A. WILLING TO SACRIFICE HIS SON:

1. NOT AN ANGEL= NOT PRECIOUS ENOUGH

2. NOT CREATION= NOT DEAR ENOUGH

3. NOT A MAN= NOT HOLY ENOUGH

B. WHAT LOVE!!!!

1. GOD HIS SON NOT SPARING

2. GAVE THE BEST HE HAD FOR THE WORST WE HAD

IV. THE CROSS IN THE BURNT OFFERING:

A. THE BURNT OFFERING WAS A BLOODY SACRIFICE:

1. KILLED/ ALL BLOOD DRAINED OUT

2. THE LIVER AND ITS FAT REMOVED AND BURNT

3. THE KIDNEYS AND THEIR FAT REMOVED AND BURNT

4. THE GUTS REMOVED, WASHED, AND BURNT

5. THE REMAINDER OF THE SACRIFICE BURNT

B. CALVARY WAS A BLOODY SACRIFICE:

1. FLESH RIPPED FROM HIS BACK/ ORGANS SHOWING

2. BEETEN WITH A REED

3. SLAPPED IN THE FACE

4. BEARD PLUCKED OUT

5. SPLINTERS IN THE RAW FLESH OF THE BACK

6. FACE SCARRED BY THORNS

7. NAILS RIPPING FLESH AND ARTERIES

8. SPEAR IN HIS SIDE

C. IT PLEASED GOD TO MARR HIM MORE THAN ANY MAN

D. SACRIFICE PREFORMED BY THE FATHER

1. WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?

E. THE FAHER PREPARED THE SACRIFICE:

1. GOD MADE THE HILL

2. GOD PLANTED THE TREE

3. GOD PROVIDED THE THORNS

4. GOD PROVIDED THE IRON FOR THE NAILS

V. CHRIST IN ISAAC:

A. WILLING TO DIE AT HE FATHER’S COMMAND

B. HE DID NOT REBELL

C. HE WAS NOT FORCED

1. NO MAN TAKES MY LIFE…

2. … THE POWER TO LAY IT DOWN AND THE POWER…

VI. WE SHOULD ACCEPT THE FATHER’S SACRIFICE:

A. NO OTHER SACRIFICE WOULD DO FOR ABRAHAM.

B. NO OTHER SACRIFICE WILL DO FOR YOU!

C. WHAT ELSE COULD YOU ASK FOR?

1. IS IT NOT ENOUGH?

VII. IF GOD SPARED NOT HIS SON, HE WILL NOT SPARE US!

A. HE POURED OUT HIS ANGER ON HIS SON FOR YOU!!

B. HE WILL NOT SPARE THOSE WHO DO NOT ACCEPT IT!!!


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