Have you ever wanted the faith of Abraham? We want to POSSESS Faith, but it should be the other way around, Faith should POSSESS us. THAT is the kind of faith Abraham had ~~~~~after a fashion.
I like the following that was taken from a message delivered by Robert Deffinbaugh on 11/26/2000.
“God did not choose Abraham for his courage or intelligence, or his standing in the community. God’s sovereignty chose Abraham out of his weaknesses, rather than his strengths. Abraham was a man who faced some trials and temptations that we do. This man came to be a giant in Faith. As he grew in his Faith so we can, by God’s grace.”
It is mind-boggling to me to read Gen. 22:1 and onward. God tells Abraham to take his only son and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which He would tell him. (Can you IMAGINE how he must have felt?).
Abraham was 75 when he was told that he and Sarah would have a child together. Both of them laughed and wondered about that. It was a long 25 year wait for them. Had they given up? Sarah tried to hurry things along and was greatly in the wrong. Ishmael was born out of Sarah’s desperation for the child God had promised. Ishmael was the son of her Egyptian slave woman. Ishmael became the head of the Arabs and Isaac became the head of the Jews, so as to speak. And to this day and forever more, the Arabs and Jews have fought and will continue fighting until the end of time. Thanks to friend Sarah.
With all of the above behind him, it is hard to believe that Abraham was not distraught within. But no where do we get a hint of this. We only sense PERHAPS his wondering at what God had asked him to do but carried on with a Faith that possessed him and he was able thus, to carry on and do what God had told him to do.
It tells us that Abraham rose early in the morning, took two of his young men with him and Isaac, and the split wood, and went to the place where God had told him. It was on the 3rd day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. (vs. 4)
THEN COMES VS. 5. It reads, “And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship……………….and we will come back to you.” DID YOU GET THAT. “WE will come back to you”. Was that Faith or WHAT!!!!!!!!
On the way up the mountain Isaac said to his father, “Look, the fire and the wood but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” (vs.7) Abraham’s answer!! “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” (Where did that answer come from?) Wishful thinking?? Or could it have been a FAITH THAT WAS POSSESSING HIM!! God had something in mind that was above and beyond what Abraham could possibly think. Abraham would have been limited by a faith that he could possess but with a faith that was possessing him – there were absolutely no boundaries!!!! WOW!!!!
We know by reading further that Abraham built the altar, placed the wood in order and bound Isaac and laid him on the altar upon the wood. (vs. 9) A~~N~~D ….with the knife in his hand and his arm raised he was ready for the SACRIFICE!!!!
QUESTION(S) for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can you possibly feel for Abraham after God had told him what He wanted him to do?
Did he ponder his Faith in a God who would ask that of him?
What did he feel all night long before the break of morning when they left for the 3 day journey?
What was on Abraham’s mind when he told the young men that. “the lad and I will go yonder and worship and we will come back to you”.
We are not told any of the emotion of the man’s heart and soul. If we were, then we would get off on a tangent that would take away from what God had in mind. But you can’t help but wonder. We aren’t told, either, how Isaac felt when he found out he was to be the burnt offering.
I have been wanting to do an in-depth study of FAITH. I needed something that is down to the grind – down to the nitty-gritty and I have found it.
I want Faith. Not a faith that I possess , but a Faith that possesses me. How about you?????
Monday morning we will begin THAT Study. Join me, won’t you!!!