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God Will Provide
By Brian Price 8/29/2012

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"1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

2 And 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.

3 And 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.

4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5 And 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.

6 And 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.

7 And 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?

8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together." - Genesis 22:1-8

Here we read in Genesis chapter 22 about God's testing of Abraham. The Bible says in verse 1, "And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham." That word tempt means to test. God tested Abraham. The word tempt in this context does not mean to tempt as in enticing one to sin. James chapter 1 says, "13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."

But here in Genesis 22, we read that God tempted Abraham, which means he tested him. By the way, did you know that the first time the word love is mentioned in the Bible, it is here in this chapter in verse 2, when God said, "Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest."

This paints us a perfect picture of God's precious love for his own Son, Jesus. God loved him so much, yet he was willing to give him for us. This sacrifice from God shows us just how much God truly loved us.

The Bible says, "7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:7-8

John chapter 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

But getting back to our text, we read on in Genesis chapter 22 about God's testing of Abraham. We see that God asked Abraham to do something very hard. It was not an easy test. It was a test many of us would have failed. We see that this test was a spiritual test to trust God with something that was very precious to Abraham. It was perhaps a test that many of us would have thought, "Will God come through? Or does he not care about how important this thing is to me?"

But notice the confidence of Abraham when he was questioned by his little boy, Isaac, "7 And 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?

8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering."

Notice that Abraham did not reply to his boy, "Son, you are the sacrificial lamb." No. He knew that somehow, God would provide. And by the way, he did provide. Later in Genesis chapter 22, it says that God called to him out of heaven and told him to do no harm to the lad. It goes on to tell that a ram was caught in thickets by his horns, and that Abraham offered the ram as a sacrifice instead of Isaac.

But Abraham knew that one day, God would provide the Lamb for which this world would need in order to be saved. He knew that this Lamb of God would be provided so that he wouldn't need to worry about supplying payment for a debt he could not pay.

Abraham had faith that God would provide the only Lamb that would be the perfect salvation for all of the world.

The gospel of John chapter 1 verse 29 says, "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."

This Lamb that God would provide would be his own precious Son, Jesus. And we see that God gave this Lamb for us, that we might be saved and have everlasting life.

That was not an easy thing for God to do. I'm sure many of us do not think about how difficult it must have been for God to give his Son for us to die on the cross like a common criminal. It must not have been easy for God to know that his Son would be falsely accused, and mocked at the hands of some unbelieving soldiers, and then later nailed to a wooden cross as if he was a thief.

But Jesus did not go to the cross unwillingly. But rather, he went obediently, just as Isaac went to the altar willingly.

Philippians 2:5-11 says,

"5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

It is by this Son of Abraham, this Isaac of God, that we must be saved. It is by this precious Lamb of God, by his name of Jesus, that we must be born again. Notice the Bible says he was obedient, even unto the death of the cross. The horrible death of the Roman cross was the precious altar that the Son, the only begotten Son, whom his Father loved, it was this altar upon which this little Lamb was laid, and bound. Not a bone of his body was broken, but water and blood flowed out of his side, for you, and for me. His love took him to the cross. His love for the whole world compelled him to lay down his life at Calvary.

Have you believed on this Son of God? Have you received him? Will you let him dwell in your heart? He was crucified at Jerusalem, but he lives by the power of God. He is alive.

If you have never trusted Jesus for your salvation, you are missing out on the only hope this world has. Jesus is the hope and salvation of the world. Receive him. Believe in him.

The Bible says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." - John 1:12

It says that God gives those who believe on his name power to become the sons of God. And what is his name? His name is Jesus.

This is that lamb that God provided. This is the promised Lamb that Abraham said that God would provide. Let him become your salvation today.

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