The Lord provides(Genesis 22:1~19)
I am thankful to see you again and thank God to have given you peace til today.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and mercy in this church.
And I pray that Holy Spirit will open your heart and fill your heart with overflowing love.
The second name of God that I want to talk to you about, is Jehovah Jireh.
It means “The Lord provides.”
The history behind this name of God gives us reliable.
One day God decided to test Abraham’s faith.
God said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Yes!”
Then God said, “Take your only son, Isaac, whom you love so much and go to the land of Moriah.
Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”
The next morning Abraham got up early and saddled his donkey.
He took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac.
He cut the wood for the sacrifice.
Then they went to the place where God told them to go.
On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants.
The boy and I will go to that place and worship. Then we will come back to you later.”
Abraham took the wood for the sacrifice and put it on his son’s shoulder.
Abraham took the special knife and fire.
Then both he and his son went together to the place for worshiping.
Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” Abraham answered, “Yes, son?”
Isaac said, “We have the fire and the wood.” “But where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”
Abraham answered. “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,”
So both Abraham and his son went together to that place.
When they arrived at the place where God told them to go,
Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it.
Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.
And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice.
At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”
The angel said. “Don’t kill your son or hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God.
Now I can see that you do respect and obey God.
I see that you are ready to kill your son, your only son, for me.”
Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram whose horns were caught in a bush.
So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son.
Abraham named the place Jehovah Jireh (which means “the Lord will provide”).
Then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven.
“This is what the Lord says:
Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son,
I swear by my own name that I will certainly bless you.
I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore.
Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies.
And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.”
Then they returned to the servants and traveled back to home.
Don’t you think it was a amazing story, do you?
Can you imagine how he could decide to give his son as a offering?
He must have had a great faith that no one have like him on earth.
That is why he had a big test by God to prove how he loved God.
Before, that test came to him, he had had a promise from God.
God told him that through Isaac his descendants would come.
Abraham trusted in His promise even if God commended him to kill the promised one Isaac as a burnt offering.
Beside, he believed God is able to raise people from death.
It was like he got his son back from death when God stopped Abraham at the moment of killing his son.
The Bible says, Hebrews 11:17~19.
God tested Abraham’s faith. God told him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice.
Abraham obeyed because he had faith. He already had the promises from God.
And God had already said to him, “It is through Isaac that your descendants will come.”
But Abraham was ready to offer his only son. He did this because he had faith.
He believed that God could raise people from death.
And really, when God stopped Abraham from killing Isaac, it was as if he got him back from death.
What do you think the faith is?
Faith is to trust God completely.
Faith is to commit ourselves to God.
It is not faith you believe in Him half and half.
This is an opposite story that shows us how the people were discarded by God.
When Israelites were enslaved by Egypt, Moses got a promised land from God and guided Israelites from Egypt to the promised land.
During their journey, they complained about water, food and meat.
So God provided for every their needs whenever they complained.
But even if their journey was supposed to take only one week to get the promised land, they could not get there for one week.
Because they complained to God all the time as well as made idol to worship instead of God as their like.
You see, they also had a promise from God as like what Abraham got.
But what they did was totally different from Abraham’s.
What is the main point of this sermon?
The main point is you will get the blessing from God if you obey God under all circumstances.
Do you really believe in God?
Do you truly think your God is Jehovah Jireh; “The Lord provides?”
If you do, you need to make sure you have a firm faith in Him.
Do not forget the promise God gave you and hold on to it.
God has given each one of you a promise like Abraham, Moses and Israelites.
Even if it is invisible, believe that promise with a thankful heart.
Then you will receive heavenly blessings provided by God.
Lord Father God. I worship You and praise You as Jehovah Jirea.
I know there is nothing or no one is the world that can do for me what You do.
I thank You for Your guiding light on my path.
Even when I can not see exactly where I am going, I know You can and You will lead me
Thank You Lord that You will always give me just enough light for the step I am on and provide what I need in every situation. I pray in Jesus name. A-men.