WED. JUNE 29 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | GENESIS 22 – PASTOR JOHN HOST

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Genesis 22

Abraham Tested

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

Nahor’s Sons

20 Some time later Abraham was told, “Milkah is also a mother; she has borne sons to your brother Nahor: 21 Uz the firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 22 Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph and Bethuel.”23 Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. Milkah bore these eight sons to Abraham’s brother Nahor. 24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also had sons: Tebah, Gaham, Tahash and Maakah.

Devotional

Genesis 22
Tests. I know it wasn’t one of my favorite things in school. How easy were they when you paid attention and actually listened and learned. Then there were tests that you had to cram for and try to memorize the information because you weren’t paying attention. We see God testing Abraham‘s faith here in this chapter. God does specifically allow tests in our life. Why? God doesn’t need to know what we know and where we are in our walk with him because he already knows… He’s God. He tests us so WE can see where we need help and where we need to strengthen ourselves in our walk and maturity with him. Are we paying attention to the lessons we are learning?
Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for their promised son. And now God is asking Abraham to take him to Moriah and sacrifice him. If you remember back in chapter 12 Abraham faced his first test when God told him pack everything up and go to where I lead you to be. Now Abraham faces another test and he does not even hesitate. Again he gets up, packs up and shows up. No debates, no quarrels he is trusting that God has a plan to save Isaac. It took three days to reach their destination and when they get there they go off to worship. (This is the first time we see the word worship in the Bible in verse five). Now I don’t know about you but I don’t think I’d be worshiping if I was about to sacrifice my son, although some of us that have had teenagers in the house might be able to relate to those days where you could just hypothetically ’kill them’. 😉
Most scholars believe Isaac was about 33 years old, the same age as Jesus when he went to the cross and God sacrificed his own son. So basically Issac could have ran away from his 133 year old father. Issac also had a lot of faith and walked in obedience with God. Both men had faith and trusted God. This story helps us to understand just how hard it was for God the father to sacrifice Jesus on the cross, except there was no one to replace him like Issac. The story also prophesies Jesus journey to the cross and His resurrection. A prophetic view of what was to come from Isaac‘s bloodline.
The journey of Isaac and Jesus. Isaac‘s life in correlation with Jesus’ life becomes an even clearer picture.
❤️ Both men loved by their father
❤️ Both men willingly offering themselves as a sacrifice
❤️ Both men willingly carrying the wood up the very same hill
❤️ Both delivered from death on the third day
What faith both Abraham and Isaac had. We need to try to have that kind of faith, being obedient even if we don’t want to be because God’s plan is ALWAYS bigger than ours. 
Tests show us our heart. Pastor John told us this morning, “don’t resist the tests God gives you in your life because he’s trying to make you stronger.”
Remember that he is right there beside us during that test.
So my question today is:
How are you doing in preparing for lifes tests?
Are you working on mastering that material.
🙌 🙏🏻 ❤️