Summary: Abraham’s life testifies that it is our FAITH that pleases God. But our FAITH must be tested, forging our character and refining our trust to prepare us for the day when our FAITH will become sight.
FAITH THAT IS TESTED
Genesis 22: 1-14
Good News Christian Fellowship
BUCAS, Daraga Albay
October 22, 2006
A. About last week’s message.
1. Last week we have learned that trusting the Lord brings:
1. saved us “out from horrible pit;” from helplessness and desperation.
2. saved us “out of miry clay,”; God moved us from desperation to a sense of security.
1. Joyful obedience
2. Joyful testimony
B. Today we will have to take a look on the ultimate test in Abraham’s life. It was told that perhaps more than any other Old Testament character, Abraham repeatedly emerged in the bible as a model for strong faith. How can Abraham who lived from antiquity teach us anything about FAITH?
C. Abraham’s life testifies that it is our FAITH that pleases God. But our FAITH must be tested, forging our character and refining our trust to prepare us for the day when our FAITH will become sight. As Apostle Paul said in Second Corinthians 5:7, “We walk by faith, not by sight.”
D. Genesis 22 records Abraham’s greatest trial and the greatest revelation of the gospel which God made to Abraham. God has brought Abraham to the series of test back in Genesis 12. Now in Genesis 22, Abraham faced his supreme test, a rigorous final exam at the hand of God.
E. Now lets look what lesson we can learn from him. But before we go to his final test, let’s first take a look at Abraham’s crises in life recorded in Chapter 12, 13, and 17 of Genesis that led up to Abraham’s final test.
HIS CRISES IN LIFE
A. Called To Depart From Ur. – God Told Abraham, a native of Ur, to leave his hometown and his family, and go to the land of his inheritance. He was seventy-five when Abraham forsook his boyhood dwelling for a new and unfamiliar dwelling – the land of God’s promise. Nevertheless, Abraham trusted in God’s promise to make his descendant a great nation through whom all people on earth be blessed. So Abraham bid goodbye to his family and friends, and willingly turned his back on Ur forever.
B. Separating From Lot (Genesis 13) This chapter gives an account of strife between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot (vv.5-7), impelled him to separate from Lot. The land could not simply sustain both families. So to avoid strife, Abraham set aside his personal needs and offered Lot the choices land (vv.8-9). In this situation, Abraham trusted God and waited once again for Him to reveal His plan.
C. Giving up His Cherished Plans for Ishmael (Genesis 17) This chapter treats of a covenant made with Abram, sometimes called the covenant of circumcision, the time when God appeared to him, and promised to make it, and did, (17:1); the change of Sarai’s name, and a promise made that she should have a son, to the great surprise of Abraham, (Gen.17:15). Remember that Abraham had another son named Ishmael, who was born of Hagar (Genesis 16:15) However, this was not God’s plan. God had determined that the child of His promise would come from Abraham and Sarah, and no one else (Genesis 17:15-16, 19-21). God said to Abraham, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac…”