Thursday, October 9, 2014

Abraham and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Apologies to - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day- 
But did you hear about Abraham’s day?
Abraham was over 100 years according to the book of Genesis when he and Sarah had a son named Isaac. His wife and his greatest desire of their hearts was to have a child. Mrs. Abraham laughed when it was divinely prophesied that she could conceive at such an old age. Despite all of Abraham and Sarah’s great accomplishments and adventures in life having a child was there life. Abraham was a religious man and lived a life of faith that pleased his God.

But one day Abraham received a soul crushing request from his God.
“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.”
Abraham did not fully understand it seems.
In obedience Abraham took his cherished only son from Sarah and went up the mountain.

If Abraham did not understand what did the boy think?
Genesis 22 records this exchange “As the two of them went on together, 7 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?” 8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Was Abraham lying? After all he was just a man.

Abraham seemed to be destroying the life dream of himself and his wife Sarah.
Earlier in Scripture it reads “his faith was translated into righteousness.”
Was Abraham righteous or alarmingly foolish?

In this faith or covenant with his God Scripture says in Genisis 22 “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 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.”

Abraham remembered that God had remembered Abraham and Sarah.
17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
Abraham trusted God through faith and knew his God.

Some people who argue and howl against the New Birth because they call the death of Abraham’s covenant partner’s son “divine child abuse”. God the creator of Heaven and Earth is and was in covenant with Abraham. Abraham was saved by the covenant.

The terrible, horrible, no good very bad day showed victory for you if you are a child of the covenant and a true son of Abraham.

Give your heart, your Issac to the great covenant God of Abraham.

Yes we know this was a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ on the cross.

1 Peter 2:24
“24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.””

Now that was the greatest day.

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