1. Hello again our listening friends.
2. We are delighted that you have tuned in to this program.
3. We have been studying together this very important series of messages.
4. It is about the life of Abraham.
5. And today we are going to come to the moment of saying good-bye to this old friend.
6. In this last broadcast, probably is the most important of all broadcasts.
7. In fact, the last time I left you I told you that I will be speaking to you regarding the relationship between Abraham and the Cross.
8. The last time, I told you that in the faithful action of Abraham offering up Isaac as a sacrifice, we see a picture of the cross...
9. There we see the Father offered the Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
10. Here we can see, close up, how the Father must have agonized to give up his only begotten Son.
11. What about Isaac?
12. Most historians place him at this time of his life at about between 15 to 30 years of age.
13. So, he was a strong young man.
14. He could have easily gotten away from his 100+ year old father!
15. Isaac could have said...
16. “I have enjoyed the journey Father... but I have other plans for my life.”
17. “And, lying on this alter was not one of my plans!”
18. How many of us have said the to the Lord things like this.
19. “I love you Lord... but I can’t lay my passion on the alter.”
20. “I love you Lord... but I can’t lay my money on the alter.”
21. “I love you Lord... but I can’t lay my life on the alter.”
22. Let’s return to Abraham’s story.
23. In verses 9 and 10 of chapter 22 of the book of Genesis.
24. Let’s read it.
25. 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.
26. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
(Gen 22:9 10 NIV)
27. But Isaac was placed on the alter and yet he asked no questions.
28. Isaac moved no muscle.
29. Isaac entertained no thought of opposition.
30. The same thing with Jesus.
31. Jesus could have escaped the cross... but he didn’t.
32. Jesus could have called upon legions of angels to rescue him... but he didn’t.
34. Because it would not have been in keeping with the Father’s will.
35. Listen to what Jesus said in John 5:30.
36. … for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.
37. Isaac, no doubt, grew up hearing again and again that the reason why his parents were much, much, older than his friend’s parents was because he was a gift from God.
38. God had performed a miracle to bring him into the world.
39. That God brought him into this world to fulfill His promise to his Father.
40. That God has been faithful to his Father.
41. And Isaac saw the strength of his father’s faith...
42. and he was able to follow in that faith.
43. Please my listening friends, I want you to listen very carefully.
44. God’s testing for you may not include sacrificing your Isaac…
45. but if it was, would you be willing?
46. God’s testing for you may not include giving up your reputation...
47. but if it was, would you be willing?
48. God’s testing for you may not include giving up all of your possessions
49. but if it was, would you be willing?
50. God’s testing for you may not include giving up your all...
51. but if it was, would you be willing?
52. How can a wife say to her husband, “I love you…”
53. and yet be unwilling to submit to his spiritual authority?
54. How can a husband say to his wife, “I love you...”
55. and yet be unwilling to sacrifice his time to nurture her.
56. How can we say to God, “We love you...”
57. and yet we are unwilling to give back to him what belongs to Him?
58. How can we say to God, “We love you...”
59. and yet we are unwilling to trust Him with our all.
60. We may be coming into times when some of us might have to pay for our faith by our lives.
61. Are you willing?
62. Let us see what happened to Abraham.
63. Genesis chapter 22 verses 11 to 13.
64. Let’s read it.
65. But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied.
66. "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."
67. 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.
(Gen 22:11 13 NIV)
68. Before Abraham’s white knuckled hand could fall on the precious son,
69. God had already provided the sacrifice.
70. You see, “when you climb the mountain of sacrifice...
71. you will discover God’s provision on the other side.”
72. In verses 15 to 18 of chapter 22 of the book of Genesis.
73. We see the angel of the Lord calling out to Abraham.
74. “The test is over.”
75. “You have passed with flying colors.”
76. I know that a day is coming when all of our grief and pain and tears will be over.
77. I know that a day is coming when all of our struggle will be over.
78. I know that a day is coming when the angel of the Lord is going to call out our names.
79. “Your testing is over!”
80. Sometimes when you listen to the radio,
81. The announcer says, “This is a test, this is only a test.”
82. Then I hear a long beeping sound.
83. When the angel of the Lord speaks to us.
84. He’s going to say, “This was only a test.”
85. This is only a test.
86. In verse 19 of chapter 22 of the book of Genesis.
87. The Bible said,
88. “Then Abraham returned to his servants,”
89. “and they set off together for Beersheba.”
90. “And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.”
91. Abraham returned to the servants as he promised, with Isaac unharmed.
92. Between Genesis 12 and Genesis 22, we have seen God doing a lot of things.
93. We saw Him prodding Abraham.
94. We saw Him pinching Abraham.
95. We saw Him smoothing.
96. We saw Him shaping...
97. and molding Abraham into the man after His own heart.
98. We have seen God pushing Abraham to the edge... but never to the brink.
99. We saw Abraham’s failure and God’s forgiveness.
1. God will do the same with you
2. if you want to walk with God,
3. if you want to be God’s friend.
4. Because all God wants to do is make us leave behind all the things that shackle us.
5. He wants us to leave behind al of the “Harans”...
6. all of the “Ishmaels”...
7. and all of the “Egypts” of our lives.
8. He wants us to leave behind anything that might distract us from Him.
9. It all has to go... in order that we might live an unshackled life.
10. Do you want to live an unshackled life?
11. Today you can
12. open your heart,
13. Invite the Lord Jesus to come in.
14. Say Lord, Jesus, come and take over my life.
15. Lord Jesus, I acknowledge You to be my Savior and Lord.
16. And He promised to always come when He is invited.
17. I pray that you do so today.
18. And then write to us and tell us that you did so.
19. Until we meet again, I wish you God’s richest blessing.