Summary: A Mother's Day baby dedication service
Dedicated to the Lord
May 9, 2010
This morning we’re going to take a short break from Ephesians for a Mother’s Day baby dedication.
My objectives in this message are as follows:
#1—the body as a whole will be encouraged and unified as we all take personal responsibility in providing examples for the next generation of our church.
#2—parents will have a fresh understanding of their roles in the lives of their children and they will strive again for consistent holiness in the home.
#3—children and young adults will see the continuity of our faith from member to member as we all strive to provide a holy atmosphere.
#4—unbelievers will see the blessing of being a part of the family of God and they will know that faith is more than a set of rules.
#5—God will be glorified by our church, our parents, and our children as we all strive to work out our salvation with and trembling before Him.
Let’s look together at Genesis 22:1-4, 9-13:
God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." 2He said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, 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." 3So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
9[…] Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." 12He said, "Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."
To begin, let’s make some observations about:
Abraham’s Dedication of Isaac
1. The dedication of Isaac began with an act from his father and not from himself.
Abraham never asked Isaac’s opinion; he took the initiative in following God’s leading.
2. This story is more about Abraham’s faith than it is Isaac’s dedication.
3. The dedication reveals Abraham’s greatest treasure.
God didn’t want Abraham to actually kill Isaac, but He did want Abraham to demonstrate his loyalty. At the core of this story is the question: “who do you love more—your son or Me?”
Abraham’s faith was a greater treasure than his son.
4. The dedication of Isaac would have been total and irreversible.
Isaac was to be killed and burned. If God didn’t intervene, Abraham would have left the mountain without even his body. This was a total giving-over to God.
5. The dedication proves Abraham’s faith in God.
In faith he knew God would act in righteousness and that He would provide.
6. The dedication proves Abraham’s fear of God.
In fear he obeyed God regardless of personal feelings.
7. The dedication paved the way for God’s work in Israel’s future.
Then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16and said, "By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18"In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." (Genesis 22:15-18)
With these observations in mind, I want to invite all of the parents with us this morning to the front for our own dedication.
Dedicated to the Lord
1. We Commit to Initiate Obedience as Examples for Our Children
We commit to make our homes holy.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)
"Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15"If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:14-15)