Summary: Just as God provided a sacrifice for Abraham, The same God will provide for you and I.
TITLE-THE GOD OF PROVISION- "JEHOVAH JIREH"
SCRIPTURE READING-GEN. CHAP. 22 V. 1-14
Genesis 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, [here] I [am].
Genesis 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only [son] Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
Has God ever required of you something that was extremely precious or meaningful?
Here in this passage of scripture, God was not asking or requesting,but rather God ordered abraham to offer his only son that he loved, as a sacrifice upon the altar of God.
This sounds like too much to ask somone to do doesn’t it?
But that’s exactly what God did for us on the cross of calvary. He provided the sacrifice, Jesus Christ, his only begotten son, as a perfect, spotless, sinless lamb for the sin of this whole world.
John said it like this: John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Christ became the sin bearer (propitiation), that we might have our sins forgiven.
God will never ask you and I to do something he wouldn’t or hasn’t done. He gave us his very best, we musn’t give him anything less than our very best.
Genesis 22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
Abraham didn’t mess around,or linger once God had told him what he wanted him to do. He rose up early, the bible says, and started the journey to the land of moriah.
Genesis 22:4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
Genesis 22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
Wow what faith!!! Abraham didn’t argue with God nor did he question God’s orders. He just obeyed!!! (WE COULD LEARN A LOT FROM ABRAHAM).
He told the young men that he and his son were going to worship, and that they would be back. Abraham didn’t tell the time of their return, he just said we will be back, and to wait there until they returned.
(This is faith in it’s purest form). He realized that if he followed the orders of God that everything would be alright. He knew that if Issac was slain that his God(JEHOVAH-JIREH), would raise him back up again, even from the dead. He put his trust ,not in man, but rather in his God, even when the situation looked grim.
What about us? Do we trust God at all times and in all things? What does the Bible tell us to do in times such as these?
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Genesis 22:6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid [it] upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
TEXT-GEN. CHAP. 22 V. 7,8
Genesis 22:7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here [am] I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where [is] the lamb for a burnt offering?
Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
Abraham knew God as "Jehovah Jireh"and knew God would provide the sacrifice. God will provide whatever you have need of. Physical, spiritual, financial, or emotional, God has the means to provide that which is needed.
Genesis 22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
Genesis 22:10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
This is testing time for Abrahams faith. Would he really go through with what God was requiring of him? He had the knife in his hand. Would he follow through or would he hesitate?