I Am Part 3

July 27, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

I AM Part 3 – The Lord Our Provider


Genesis 22:1-19 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Satan tempts, God’s tests. The key difference is satan desires you to FAIL, God desires you to PASS. (Ref:James 1:13-18; Matthew 6:13; Luke 4:13; 1Corinthians 10:13)

 

2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

 

God is always at work in our life REVEALING those things that come between our relationship with Him and us becoming all He made us to be.


God is not content to be 2ND place to anyone or anything.

 

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.

 

Abraham KNEW God (His character) so well, he didn’t hesitate, question, or despair in his obedience to God’s command.

 

4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

 


Abraham had FAITH (trust, confidence) that God was faithful to keep His promises (Genesis 17:1-5; 21:12; Romans 4:13-17; Galatians 4:22-31).


 

  • Romans 4:18-22 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.


    20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith, giving glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”

 

 

 

  • Hebrews 11:17-19 17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,


    18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

 

 



Abraham held tightly to God’s promises and strengthened himself in his faith by reasoning FOR God instead of against him and by WORSHIPPING God.

 



Christians live in a paradox; we should be the most REALISTIC and most BELIEVING (Ref. Mark 11:22-25).

 




6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”




8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.


10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.



12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”




13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

 



YaHWeh Yirah – The LORD will PROVIDE.

 



Where God GUIDES He PROVIDES.

 



God will always give you more vision and more opportunity than you have RESOURCES.

 



He is reminding you that this is a work you are doing WITH the Lord not FOR the Lord.

 



Our life and work are now God’s and He COVENANTED to provide.

 

15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,


17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”



19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

 



Our OBEDIENCE opens up the channel of blessing for our own life and the lives of others.

 



Jesus is the one and only Son, who laid His life down as a sacrifice that in turn brought the Lord’s PROVISION for our lives.

 



2Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (Ref. 2Corinthians 1:20)


Challenge: TRUST and OBEY God, even in things that seem hopeless and foolish.