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Thursday, July 30, 2009

The greatest choice that we can make


We make hundreds of choices every day. Just like Abraham. God ask him to sacrifice his one and only son. It was a very difficult decision for Abraham. Let’s take a look at the Passage in Genesis 22 and see what happened.

Abraham Tested
1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. 2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."  3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled 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. 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." 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 [a] 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." 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 [b] 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

In our daily walk in our life here on earth there are two things that we need to choose from. This is to obey or to disobey God. We been saved when we chose to received the undeserved grace that God gave us. However it is not the end of jour journey. We need to decide whether we choose to obey God and received his blessings or to disobey God and receive his curse. Jesus Christ himself chose to obey God. He came to this world and died for our sins. The question here is what does it mean to obey God?

I. To OBEY God means that we CHOOSE to FEAR Him
When we say that we must fear God this doesn’t mean that we fear him because he is a bad God and he will punish us for what we have done. The fear that I am referring here is not the “Phobia” kind of fear. To fear God means that we give him Honor. We give Him reverence. We give Him the highest form of respect. David said in Psalm 111:10

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

Solomon agreed with David by what he said in Proverbs 1:7

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline
Without the wisdom and knowledge that came from the Lord it is impossible for us to obey Him. Because Abraham fears the Lord he obeyed God. He went to the place where God told him to go to sacrifice his only son.

II. To OBEY God means that we CHOOSE to be HUMBLEThe Bible says on Romans 16:27 that God is wise. Therefore we must submit to his wisdom, power and Authority. God knows what he is doing. In the story of Abraham we can see that he knows what God is doing. He has an a assurance that God will do something for him. Let’s take a look at his conversation with servants and his son.

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled 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. 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." 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.


Abraham told his servants that both of them will come back and he told his son that God will provide the sacrifice. Isn’t Abraham crazy? When we say that God wants him to sacrifice his son that means that he need to kill his own son. But because Abraham submit to the Lord God gave him the wisdom and He has the assurance that he and his son will go back home together. Proverbs 3:34 says that the Lord humbles the proud and give grace to the humble

34 He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.
Abraham humbled to the Lord that’s why God bless him and give him his grace.

III. To OBEY God means that we LOVE Him
Matthew 6:24 says 
24"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
We need to choose to love God for us to obey Him. As the verse says we cannot serve two masters. God is a jealous God and he wants our complete attention. Let’s see what Matthew 10:37 says

37"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
If we value our possession more than God we cannot obey Him. If we value our positions more than God we cannot obey Him. If you value your study, family or anything that you have you cannot obey Him. I’m not saying that you need to stop working, or stop studying or do not love you children or your parents. That’s not what the Bible is telling us. The bible tells us that we must NOT LOVE Them MORE the Lord, More than JESUS CHRIST. Abraham sacrificed his son not because he did not love him. He is willing to sacrifice his son because he loves him and love GOD more than him. Let us follow the obedience that Abraham has.

He Choose to obey God by fearing him
He Choose to obey God by being humble
He Choose to obey God by loving God more than anything else in this world
If we do that, we will received his blessing just like Abraham.
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