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Anticipating the King – December 4, 2019

Anticipating the King – December 4, 2019

He is Provider

 

Reading: Genesis 22:1-18

 

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith in God’s character revealed in His Word, pleases our Maker. As with all convictions, one really cannot know the conviction until the conviction is tested. Our Maker tests our faith.

 

In the testing of our faith, we learn a lot about God. When I lost a baby to anencephaly, I learned the closeness of God and the miracle of babies. When I had cancer, I met God’s tenderness in the arms of His church. When I cried over a wayward child, I repented of my thoughtless wanderings. If you knew my thoughts when I’m tested, you’d discover what I really believe.

 

Abraham’s obedient offering of Isaac, Abraham’s only son, demonstrates Abraham’s full walk of faith.  Abraham longed to represent God and be a blessing to the nations even at the cost of his son. His own reasoning of what is good would have been challenged by the command to offer up his son as a sacrifice. Abraham’s son was the hope for descendants in God.

 

Did Abraham believe God would resurrect his son? The Bible states Abraham believed he and the lad would return from the mountain. Abraham seems to understand that God would honor His covenant to make Abraham a great nation (Genesis 12) and that there was to be a death blow to the seed for the ultimate deliverance of humankind (Genesis 3:16). The consequence of sin is death. Would God’s leaders willingly suffer death so that others might have Life?

 

In testing Abraham, God teaches all that have ears to hear the need for sacrifice and the steadfastness of His provision of blessing all nations through Abraham’s seed. We learn a little bit about the sacrificial system that God would use to reveal His full redemptive plan. The King we anticipate will sacrifice His Life for you and for me.

 

Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, “In Isaac your descendants shall be called.” He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.

 

Seeing Advent as His child: I think it is really hard to draw animals! I’m so impressed with our children’s artwork on the many animals involved in the biblical story. This ram took Isaac’s place as a sacrifice. I thank God for the value He places on human life.

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Worship song for the day: Heaven Everywhere

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