In what appears to be the humdrum of our days, we are being prepared for an ultimate testing of our faith. Abraham ventured forth in faith toward the place of obedience, and trusted God fully for sufficient provision in his time of need. Alistair Begg explains that Christ’s own obedience and sufficient sacrifice is pictured in Abraham’s trusting obedience. We must examine our faith to see if we can say with full assurance that we are ready for the ultimate testing.
9When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”;2 as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”3
15And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his4 enemies, 18and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” 19So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.
Abraham’s journey of faith could be described as a series of new beginnings. Although his walk contained many pitfalls and failures, Abraham learned that with God, failure is never final. Abraham’s trust grew with each new beginning as he responded in obedience to God’s call. Throughout this series from Genesis, Alistair Begg explores faith as expressed through the changes and challenges of life. The measure of our faith grows as our understanding of God’s character grows, and we can walk boldly in light of His promises.
|One Man's Background||Genesis 11:27-32|
|Pitching Tents and Building Altars||Genesis 12:1-9|
|A Failure of Nerve||Genesis 12:10-20|
|Let's Have No Quarreling||Genesis 13:1-8|
|Abram to the Rescue||Genesis 14:1-24|
|How Can I Be Right with God?||Genesis 15:1-6|
|Faith in the Waiting Room||Genesis 16:1-15|
|The Covenant Confirmed||Genesis 17:1-27|
|The Principles and Practice of Intercession||Genesis 18:16-33|
|The Peril of Inconsistency||Genesis 20:1-18|
|Faith Put to the Test, Part One||Genesis 22:1-8|
|Faith Put to the Test, Part Two||Genesis 22:9-19|