September 18, 2022
An All-In Faith
Genesis 15:4-6 NIV
"Then the word of the Lord came to him: 'This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.' He took him outside and said, 'Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.' Then he said to him, 'So shall your offspring be.' Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness."
Genesis 15:12 NIV
"As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him."
Genesis 15:17 NIV
"When the sun had set, and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces."
Genesis 15:18a NIV
"On that day, the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, 'To your descendants, I give this land...'"
Genesis 17:4-6 NIV
"As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you."
Genesis 22:1-5 NIV
"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 the boy and I go over there. We will worship, and then we will come back to you.'"
Genesis 22:9-13 NIV
"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. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, 'Abraham! Abraham!' 'Here I am,' he replied. '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.' 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."
Genesis 22:15-18 NIV
"The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, 'I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 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, and through your offspring, all nations on earth will be blessed because you have obeyed me.'"
Hebrews 11:17-19 NIV
"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, even though God had said to him, 'It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.' Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death."
Are you ALL IN?
"The Old Testament is like a fully furnished room that is very poorly lit..." - St. Augustine
1. Both Isaac and Jesus are long-awaited "beloved sons" who are born in miraculous circumstances.
Matthew 3:17 NIV
"And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased.'"
2. Both sons carry the wood that is to be the instrument of death on their backs.
John 19:17 NIV
"Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha)."
3. In both stories, the father leads the son up a mountain, and the son follows obediently toward his own death.
Matthew 26:39 NIV
"Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'"
4. In both stories, God provides the sacrificial substitute.
John 1:29 NIV
"The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'"
"What is faith? Simply put, it's trusting in the work of another." - The Gospel-Centered Parent