He Knows My Sacrifice - Abraham

He Knows My Sacrifice - Abraham

 

Genesis 22

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.

4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

6 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.

7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

9 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.

10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12 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.

13 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.

14 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.

 

Introduction:

We have been preaching a series on He Knows My Name - Today is He Knows My Sacrifice.

 

Abraham was chosen by God to become the father of a new spiritual people.

He was living with his father when received a message from the Lord, that he was to separate himself from his old association and go to a new country.

He was promised God’s favor, and great prosperity and he would become a blessing to all the families of the earth.

 

Abraham had been obedient to the call that God had put on his life, it had not been easy, even though God had blessed him in many ways!

He has left his family and friends, the comfort of home, and the security he had in the land where he lived.

He has seen how God brought Lot out of the judgment that fell on Sodom and Gomorrah as a result of his prayer of intercession.

He did waver on the promises of a son, taking the matter into his own hands by listening to his wife and taking her servant which bore him a son named Ishmael, whom he thought would be the one to fulfill God’s promises and covenant.

 

Today we pick up and look at his life as he is tested once again on his faith in God.

It’s a very familiar story for many of us, but I truly believe there is something here that I believe that God would have us see!

 

In verse 1 - God tested Abraham!

Abraham had his son born, he has come to love him!

He was proud of his son!

He was on the mountain top of the blessing of God!

And here comes a test!

It would be a spiritual test!

A test of Abraham’s faith, trust, and obedience to God.

 

3 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.

4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

 

So Abraham tells his servants to wait and that he and Isaac were going on to worship the Lord, “And we will be back.”

I looked at that and all I could say is WOW!

What faith Abraham had!

As he told the servants to wait he already knew that he had to offer up Isaac on the altar as a sacrifice to God.

Yet he had enough faith to say the lad and I will be back!

 

Imagine yourselves in Abraham’s place.

Look at v. 5 “Stay here with the donkey”

I have looked at this before and never really thought much about this verse

Why did Abraham tell his servants to wait?

Why did the Spirit of God lead Abraham to instruct his servants to wait?

I don’t have any scriptures to base this on but just go with me if you will.

As I looked at this, why would he ask his servants to wait?

I began to think of reasons why Abraham told them to wait.

 

The Two Servants

Not much is said about the two servants of Abraham.

We are not even told their names or how long they had served Abraham.

Perhaps these servants had been with Abraham all along.

They had seen what Abraham had gone through the past years and they saw how he had struggled at times to keep his faith in God’s promises.

They had seen how God had kept his promises and how Abraham come to love his son Isaac.

And as Abraham came to the place where God had directed him to offer up Isaac on the altar, perhaps Abraham thought, this servant of mine loves Isaac also and they will not understand what God has asked me to do!

 

Again I think that perhaps Abraham himself even though he had spoken in faith, the lad and I are going to worship and shall come back, there were still questions in his mind.

Have I truly heard God in this?

Why would you kill your son of promise, my only son?

Who is going to be your heir, who is going to carry on your seed?

So Abraham thought these servants of mine love Isaac as much as I do!

Surely they will try to stop me and I am afraid that they may just talk me out of doing this!

 

Now again imagine you are one of the servants, your two masters who have provided for you, taken care of you and your families…

One is over 100 years old…

His son is the one who would take over for his father when he dies.

He would carry on Abraham’s blessings…

He would inherit all!

Then you would have to watch Abraham prepare the altar, place the stones in place, gather the wood, and wonder what is this old man going to offer up to God because he has forgotten to bring the lamb!

You have seen him do this many times before, but there are no animals around to offer as a sacrifice!

And all of a sudden Abraham takes hold of Isaac, binds him up and all these thoughts are running through your mind “What in the world is this old man doing has he lost his mind?

We got to stop him! Stop Abraham!

I think Abraham knew this because he had seen the love they had for his son!

And he knew that they would try to talk him out of doing this!

Don’t Abraham!

What are you doing?

Are you sure this is what God's will is?

Why two servants?

Why were they asked to wait?

Again just my thoughts!

 

Every time God wants or asks us to do something for Him something will rise up to get us and stop us from meeting God’s will for our lives.

Perhaps the two Servants represented….

Friends - saved and unsaved.

They will question your desire to serve God…

Your willingness to live in faith, to trust God, to be obedient, and to follow God’s direction for your life!

 

Maybe they represent families v. 7.

7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

They represent the Flesh and spiritual evil forces.

Jesus said the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!

 

The flesh is a general reference to man’s carnal nature!

Rom. 7:18 “I know that nothing good lives in me that is, in my sinful nature”

Rom. 8:8 “Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God!”

 

The flesh and carnality will keep you from doing the will of God!

It will keep you from doing what God has called you to do!

It will keep you from the intimacy God wants with you!

 

Job 1:9 “Does Job fear God for nothing” In other words why is Job serving God?"

All that has happened to him and he still serves God!

 

Maybe these two servants represent Inflicting diseases.

Job 2:7 So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.

 

The two servants – friends, and families saved and unsaved!

“You can’t do that!”

“Surely God has not told you to do that!”

 

They think they are being helpful, but they will talk you into not doing the will of God for your life!

 

Servants may keep us from the closeness God wants with us!

Rob us from the will of God in our lives, family, and ministry!

 

Abraham tells the two servants to wait!

“Stay here…"

"I don’t want you to try to stop me and discourage me from trusting God…."

“I don’t want you to sway me from my faith, from my obedience to God!”

It’s time for you and me to tell whatever is trying to keep you from doing God's will to wait!

“You back there in my past! I am a new creature in Christ Jesus!”

 

7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

Isaac knows what his Father is doing!

He had seen his father worship God, he had seen his faith, trust, and obedience in God!

Your children know when you are worshiping God, they know your faith, trust, and obedience to God.

He knew what was going on - his father had been an example for him.

 

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

Do your children know that you are a worshiper?

Do they know what is required for worship?

Do they know that salvation is in the name of Jesus?

Do they know the need to grow in your walk with the Lord?

How do you grow?

Through prayer, the Word, Church attendance, your giving, services, and most importantly your lifestyle day to day!

 

Abraham was a worshiper, he was faithful, obedient, and trusted God.

We see here that even in difficult situations he was willing to worship God.

 

Was he giving up his son?

Can you imagine how hard that must have been?

 

8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

9 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.

10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

 

I see that Abraham no matter how difficult, the circumstances were that he was willing to trust, obey and hold on to his faith in God!

For many, we never get this close!

 

The altar and wood were ready, the son was on the altar, the knife was in his hand and lifted up ready to be thrust into his son!

Abraham was faithful to the very point where the knife was about to come down and slay his son!

What faith! What trust! What a wiliness to be obedient! What a sacrifice to worship!

 

We sing songs of how we bring a sacrifice of praise!

But I think God would say to the Church, you and I, you don’t even know what it means…you don’t even begin to understand what it means to offer up a sacrifice of worship to him!

 

For many today sacrificial worship or offering is:

At least I got up and went to church today. (OUCH!)

At least I read my Bible when the preacher said to turn to this scripture!

For many, it is a sacrificial offering just to carry a Bible to church!

 

I believe God is saying to you and me, “Are you willing to go to the mountain top?”

How many know it takes a lot of work to walk up to the mountain top?

Jordan likes to hike - not me.

 

Abraham had to walk up to the mountain top!

But he didn’t stop there, it tells us that he had to build the altar, and gather the wood!

God is saying many don’t ever make it to the mountain top much less built an altar!

And the reason they don’t is that the two servants are walking all the way up with them!

Friends, families, flesh, and demonic forces! And I will add two more here that God has to show me - murmuring and complaining!

 

Have you got to that place on the mountain top, where the knife is on its way down?

Too many quit before they ever get to the mountain!

What sacrifices are you trying to offer God?

I go to church one day out of the week…

I pray and most of it is for my personal needs…

I worship on Sunday morning…

I give my tithes, but it is like giving sacrifices instead of knowing that they belong to God and you have not given anything if all they have given is tithes!

 

But God says to you and me, “I don’t want your burnt offering, your sacrificial worship!"

I Sam. 15:22 But Samuel replied does the Lord delight in burnt offering and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O god you will not despise.

God is saying I could care less about your formalism, and traditional worship, I want a heart that is in repentance and a humble spirit!

And because we let the two servants: friends, families, flesh, and evil spirits, we never come even close to the place of complete trust, faith, and obedience in God’s call, guidance, and purpose for our life!

 

What is keeping you from the mountaintop?

What is keeping you from ever coming close enough to trust God?

 

Ok, let’s look at the results

Abraham was about to slay his son, and the angel of the Lord stopped him. And because of it, we know that Abraham was faithful!

He is the father of faith!

And we are blessed because Abraham passed his test of faith!

And for so many, we stop there!

But I think we need to look a little farther!

And I think if we get a hold of this it will change our lives forever!

 

Many of us have let the two servants talk us out of going on!

10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12 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.

13 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.

14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah jireh: - it means the Lord will provide.

 

I believe God has given me a Rhema word for you and me today.

“Abraham called that place”

What place?

For many, we think that place is the thickets, the region of Moriah, that mountain top God had told Abraham to go to!

 

Judge it on your own. “That place”

Abraham called “that place”

I think that place is at the end of whatever has led you to the mountain top!

All your trials, tribulations, troubles, temptation, great times, bad times whatever your life has been dealt with.

God is allowing it to bring you to that place!

What place? Where you will not give in to the two servants, trying to talk you out of your faith, trust, and obedience to God.

I believe too many times too many people never make it to the mountain top because of friends, families, flesh, evil spirits, murmuring and complaining stop us from that place!

 

What place?

Abraham called it Jehovah-Jireh – the Lord will provide!

 

The Ram was provided so that Abraham was not stopped from his worship of God!

The offering was provided!

Tell someone “When you get to that place”What place?

Complete trust in God, faith in God, and obedience no matter what the cost!

You see that place Abraham was at was that the knife was on its way down to slay his son!What in the world are saying, pastor?

Well, I'm glad you asked!

 

As I have said too many never make it to the mountain top!Too many give up, they listen to the two servants, just as the Spirit of God is about to say Yes! Yes! He was faithful, they trusted me, and they were obedient no matter what the cost!

You failed to hear the Spirit of God say Stop!

You failed to look up!

You're at that place!

Jehovah-Jireh is about to provide the Ram!

 

Your Ram, what is it?

It’s your salvation!

It’s your family members being saved!

It’s your breakthrough in the financial area!

 

The Spirit of the Lord is telling us to trust him, to be faithful, be obedient to your prayer, your giving of tithes and offering!

“You’re at that place”

Your ram is about to be provided! Don’t give up!

Don’t let servants try to talk you out of it.

 

What is your Ram?Your healing, Your miracle, Your deliverance!

The Lord, Jehovah-Jireh was just about to provide, and meet your circumstances!

 

Oh, how many times have we been to that place?

Only to give in to our friends, families, flesh, and carnal nature to the attacks of evil spirits and the one that stops many of us, murdering and complaining!

God says to you and me, “It's time to get to that place!”

“It's time to look up!”

In the middle of the thicket!

In the midst of all the entanglement of life in that place, Jehovah-Jireh is about to provide your ram!

 

Notice the last part of v. 14 “In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”

On the mountain of the Lord at that place “IT WILL BE PROVIDED! YOUR RAM IS ON ITS WAY!”

Oh, hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to you and I…

 

CLOSING

Some of you have got to get going - you haven’t even got to the edge of the mountain yet!

Some of you weren’t at that place and Jehovah-Jireh was about to provide your ram and you quit!

It’s time to get your Ram!

He who has promised is faithful!

He cannot fail!

TD Jakes would say, “Get ready…Get Ready…Get Ready…”

 

Your Ram is about to be provided!

What kept you from the mountain top, getting to that place?

The ram is on its way.