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Genesis 22:1-18, Henry De Oliveira, October 21, 2018

Sermon Notes:
  • God saves people through His gospel
    • His Gospel is a marvellous thing
    • It is the greatest thing that has ever happened in history
    • It transforms history
    • Unless you believe in the wonder of the gospel - we are lost
    • How beautiful the gospel of Jesus Christ is
  • The story is full of truths that point to the Lord Jesus Christ
    • Non believers attack the idea that a father would sacrifice his son
    • Non believers attach God for asking for such a thing
    • This power shows the might, power, love and graciousness of God
    • It is a wonderful story
  • God had some greater to reveal - God was testing Abraham because He wanted to reveal the gospel
  • v1-5 Why was Abraham so quick and willing to obey God?
    • God knew that Abraham loved Isaac (v2)
    • Isaac was the child of promise
      • Explanation
    • Abraham could have protested, could have questioned
    • Abraham knew that God had something greater to show him
  • Abraham knew that God keeps His promise
    • Num 23:19
    • James 1:17
    • Rom 11:29
    • Isa 48:11
    • Ezk 20:14
  • Abraham was willing to obey God during this test - during this difficult command
    • Isa 55:8
  • Abraham knew that he was coming back (v5)
    • Heb 11:17-19
    • He expected God to raise Isaac from the dead
    • This is truth faith in God
  • Abraham trusted God to act
    • In a manner of speaking he received Isaac back from the dead
    • Do we know how much we are missing out because we are not listening to God's commands
      • Rom 6:23
  • The Gospel Message
  • v7-8 Consider the greater Son - the greater sacrifice
    • Isaac carried the wood - Jesus carried the cross
    • Jehovah Yireh - God will provide the sacrifice
  • v9-14
    • Abraham believed God and acted upon it
    • Abraham did not withhold his only son from God?
    • How much are we withholding from God?
      • Examples
    • God opens opportunities
  • God provided the sacrifice that was required
    • Heb 9:22
    • We are all sinners
    • God provided Himself as a sacrifice/substitute in our place
    • Now we have forgiveness
    • Isa 53:10
  • v15-18
    • Because of Abraham's obedience - he received a personal promise from God
    • 2 Cor 5:21
    • "Our sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross - Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, oh my soul!"
    • The work of Christ was finished on the cross
  • What can we learn from this short but wonderful story?
    • Examples
    • Can you not see how beautiful the gospel is?

Sermon Passage:

Genesis 22:1-18

1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 5And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you, 6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. 7And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 9And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. 15And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. (KJV)

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