Today you should read: Genesis 22:1-19
The BIG Test
1. God’s Test (v.1-2)
When we read the Bible we often confuse the terms, so we confuse the meaning. Are trials, tests, tribulation, and temptation all the same thing?
– Temptation comes from within ourselves (James 1:13-14) and results in death (James 1:15).
– Tribulation comes from the world (John 16:33) and produces destruction in our lives (John 15:18-20)
– But Tests and Trials come from God (Ps 17:3) and their purpose is our good (1 Pet 1:6-7).
God’s test was not to prove anything to God – but to show Abraham what his faith was made of. Sacrifice his only son… wow!
2. Abraham’s Obedience (v.3)
Abraham obeyed God – even though it hurt – even though he didn’t understand what God was up to…
– He rose early (I would have had a late day)
– He split the wood
– He went
Abraham fully intended to sacrifice Isaac just as God asked him to. Amazing!
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son. Hebrews 11:17
3. Abraham’s Faith (v.4-19)
Abraham believed God!
Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. James 1:23
He trusted that God loved him and had his best interest in mind. You can see this in his words… “stay here and I and the lad will go over there and we will worship and RETURN TO YOU” (v.5) or, in verse 8 where he says, “God will provide a lamb”…and, God did – not only then – but in a couple thousand years, He gave His one and only Son to be the lamb for the world (John 3:16).
You can trust your Father… but remember, the greatest experience with Him only unfolds when we obey Him and fully trust Him. How does God want you to experience Him today through obedience and trust?
Posted by: Tim Parsons