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This sermon – The Father Has Provided – was originally preached 2013.05.26 by Sonny Yoder.
Passages used: Genesis 22:1-20, John 3:16, Romans.
The Testing of Abraham
This wasn’t the first test that God gave Abraham. The first test had been to see whether Abraham trusted God and loved Him enough to leave the land that he had grown up in.
The answers that we give to God when He test us are important. There are many examples throughout scripture of people answering God, we should pattern our response with those in the Bible.
Abraham had a servant attitude. In many ways this could be a picture of Christ and his willingness to go to the cross.
We should answer “Here am I, send me…”
God also has one Son and God loved us so much that He was willing to give His one and only son so that we could, each of us, have eternal life.
The Obedience of Abraham
Abraham rose up the next morning, not two weeks later, he had faith in God. There was no waiting around, he got up and went to do what God had asked him to do.
Once they reached the mountain Abraham and Isaac went on alone. In obedience the moved up the mountain. “The two of them went on together…”
There are more parallels between the story of Isaac and Abraham and the story of Jesus and his willingness to go to the cross.
Interesting enough Mount Mariah and Mount Calvary were very close together. They may have even been the same mountain.
Isaac seems to have been willing to do whatever his dad needed him to. Silent submission to the fathers will, much like Jesus when He came to die for us.
Abraham found a ram in the bushes. God had provided the substitute to be sacrificed in the place of Isaac.
God also provided the substitute for us, the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
Jesus is building His kingdom from all nations. He is calling to us “whosoever will may come!”
Abraham accepted the will of the Father and obeyed what it was that God asked him to do.
Our response to God needs to be one of faith, giving Him the most precious things that we hold dear.