Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Abraham - Father of the faith #4 (the ultimate!)


Hebrews 11:8 - By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

 

By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

 

And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

 

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

 

Is there anything else I should say regarding Abraham? He laid a foundation for us. There is even a childhood song regarding Father Abraham and his many sons, I am one of them and so are you...

 

The last part that the author writes is fascinating, though. Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. I know no man that would do such a thing. I couldn’t. how then did Abraham know that this is what was going to happen? Did he know, or was it only faith in God? Did he maybe know the Lords will that well?

 

I don’t have the answers, but I do know that I should trust the Lord more often, and listen to His voice, in order to ensure that I too get to a point in my walk with Him that I can KNOW.

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