Praise the Lord! Thank you for joining us again for the third part, “Obedience and Preparation” of our Provision Series by yours truly, Jus Josef.
Last week, we briefly looked at the dilemma Abraham faced, when God asked him to sacrifice his only son Isaac. What a difficult situation that must have been for him!
As a father, I couldn’t even began to imagine the Lord putting such a requirement on me. However, we read in Hebrews, that Abraham really believed in the resurrection power of God! It is one thing to say we believe in something, it is a whole other experience when we have to walk it out. (Heb. 11:17-19)
Moving on through the account in Genesis 22, and we are going to open this thing up a little bit, we find Abraham in Verse 3:
“So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.” Genesis 22:3 NKJV
There is something to be said about an early start.
David Said: “I myself will awake early.” (Psalm 108:2) And again in Proverbs: “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early, shall find me.” (Prov. 8:17) I always find it ironic when I share my testimony with people; something along the lines of: God delivered me from addiction, He delivered me from life in prison, and the list goes on. But, sometimes people that got saved early, are like “Wow! I wish I had something cool like that to share…” It’s like, no, you got saved early, that is such a blessing. You chose to start early, and walk with God this whole time.
This leads us into the second part of the verse, Abraham’s obedience.
How is apathy, defined as “a lack of enthusiasm, interest, or concern”, worse than disobedience? Didn’t Jesus tell us to be either “hot or cold”? Didn’t He warn us that if we were lukewarm He would spit us out? (Rev. 3:16)
There was nothing lukewarm about Abraham’s intent or mission, he was fully equipped with the belief that God would provide through the resurrection power of God.
He was willing and obedient. Not only that we see that he was diligent and prepared. He took with him what he needed: 2 servants, a donkey, and he made sure he cut enough wood.
What is the significance in that? Why does the Bible share somethings with us, and not some others?
Abraham went willingly, not begrudgingly. That is another thing to keep in mind. He had a positive attitude, not one of murmuring and complaining. He headed to the place God told him.
What place are we heading to? Who told us to go that way? Was it the Spirit or the flesh?
I was hoping to get through more than one verse this week, but sometimes there is so much in God’s word. It is like an onion, you peel it back and keep coming up with more and more.
I encourage you to still believe in God’s Word Today! See you next week. Be blessed!
Check Out Part 1 “The Provision Series”: