“By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” (Hebrews 11:17-19)
Today’s Morsel: In Hebrews Chapter 11, the words, ‘by faith’ appear 16 times, letting us know that those patriarchs mentioned trusted God in their actions and deeds. Scripture says that when Abraham was tried, he offered up Isaac and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. Notice, Abraham had faith that God would raise Isaac up. Abraham had a promise from God that in Isaac would his seed be blessed. And if God allowed him to kill Isaac, then God would have to raise him to life again to fulfill his promise, or He would be seen as a liar. And scripture tells us that God is not a man that he should lie. When we look at Genesis 22, we see Abraham’s faith in God from the moment that God tells him to go offer Isaac. “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. 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. 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.” (Genesis 22:1-3) Abraham obeyed by faith. And then when Abraham sees the place that God sends him to, he says to his servants, “Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. 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.” (Genesis 22:5-6) God told him to go offer Isaac. Abraham said, "We are going to worship and come again." Anytime we offer our kids to God it should be a form of worship by faith. And now we see that Isaac is just a little bit perplexed because everything is available for the sacrifice but a lamb for an offering. And Abraham tells him by faith, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” (Genesis 22:8) And scripture says, “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. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” (Genesis 22:9-18) Abraham is an example of walking by faith and not by sight. Are you following his example? And are you an example to others?
Sing: Jehovah Jireh, my provider, His grace is sufficient for me, for me, for me. Jehovah Jireh, my provider, His grace is sufficient for me, for me, for me. My God shall supply all my needs, according to His riches and glory; He shall give His angels charge over me, Jehovah Jireh careth for me.
Thought For Today: For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)