Sunday, February 25, 2018
The amazing thing that many of you might not have realized is that to Abraham, at the time of sacrifice of his son Isaac, it was not The LORD Who spoke to him, it was an Angel. Let us review right quick what I am speaking about:
God put Abraham to the test.
He called to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am!” he replied.
Then God said:
“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,
and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.”
When they came to the place of which God had told him,
Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.
Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven,
“Here I am!” he answered.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger.
“Do not do the least thing to him. I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me (kind of explains the confusion, it says “me”, in reading we know that Abraham was not witholding from The LORD). YES, we know of examples in The Word were deceased people were raised up:
But here it had not been done yet. Again take time to review the examples and be impressed by the sheer magnificence of The Power of The LORD!
Abraham demonstrated complete obedience to God as he was ready to slay his own beloved son. But at God’s direction an Angel spoke and told him to stop. As Abraham looked about, he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So he went and took the ram and offered it up as a holocaust (we might be wondering about this term, we by God’s awesome grace will touch on it) in place of his son.
Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:
“I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the Earth shall find blessing—
all this because you obeyed my command.”
So many lessons! Listen to your heart, it is the way God speaks to many of us. Yes, He had a willing servant in Moses, but it did not start there. Way before he appeared to Moses, He was represented by a burning bush, the lamd on which Moses was to remove his shoes. The story we can see develop over time.
What is your relationship with God?