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Summary: "My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)

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Open your Bible to the Book of Genesis, and I would like for you to follow with me as I read from Genesis chapter 22 verses 1 to 14.

This is one of the great mountain top passages of the Bible. In it, we find one of the clearest pictures of God’s special guidance and wonderful provision as well as the coming sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary. It is a central story about Abraham, who loved God and followed God’s instructions, even to the point of being prepared to sacrifice his beloved son, when he was convinced that God required this of him. Keep in mind First of all, we need to draw a line and say that God does not require the barbaric sacrifice of children. A second thing this story challenges us to remember is that God never calls us to affirm obedience over ethics. On the contrary, obedience to God must be rooted in ethical behavior. Jeremiah makes it clear that such act is not something that God has ever commanded or decreed. (Jeremiah 19:5)

We will also read another familiar passage from Philippians 4:19. "My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)

God revealed Himself as the Lord who would provide way back in the first book of the Bible, Genesis 22:1-14.The story begins with an extraordinary guidance from God to Abraham, instructing him to offer his son Isaac, as a burnt offering. Early the next morning, Abraham and Isaac travel to Moriah, the place God had specified. As they near the site, Isaac questions Abraham concerning the intended offering: “Where is the lamb?” With great faith and foresight, Abraham responds, 'God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering my son. Just as Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, the Lord immediately stopped him and showed him a ram caught in a thicket and told him to use that instead. God had placed that ram nearby in advance, knowing He was going to need a substitute for Isaac. After the sacrifice was complete, Abraham named the place Jehovah-Jireh means "The Lord will provide” which is a word with wonderful Latin roots. Pro means "before" and video means "to see". So it means to see in advance or before the need is known. God is preparing an answer before we know that it is a need. The account of Abraham on Mt. Moriah was more than a dramatic illustration of faith and obedience. It is a presentation of the Lord’s eternal grace, continual provision, and all-encompassing wisdom. In this context, God’s provision was salvation. We see this again through Christ’s crucifixion – God provided a way for us to be restored into a relationship with Him.

Abraham’s faith-filled statement that “God himself will provide the lamb” is a companion to John the Baptist’s exclamation, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).Jehovah-Jireh provided a sacrifice to save Isaac, and that action was a foreshadowing of the provision of His Son “Jesus” for the salvation of the world.


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