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Genesis 22:1-19

Genesis 22:1-19

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Sermon: God Will Provide: Yehovah Yireh יְהוָ֖ה יֵרָאֶֽה
Bible Passage: Genesis 22:1-19

I. God demands from Abraham an expensive burnt offering—Isaac his son (verses 1-2)

1. God gave Isaac to Abraham
2. God’s covenantal promises were going to be fulfilled through Isaac
3. The purpose of this demand is to test Abraham (Gen 22:1)
4. From this narrative, the narrator shows us how “fear of God” and “obedience to God” go hand in hand from

II. According to the narrator, Abraham does not reason with God regarding His demand (verses 3-4)

1. Abraham showed no hesitancy to obey God’s demand how much ever big and expensive it might have
2. The passage does not indicate if Abraham agonized over the demand or bigness of the sacrifice
3. Abraham calls his obedience “worship” (verse 5)
4. All along Isaac had been silent but an active participant of his dad’s mission (verse 6)
5. Abraham teaches his son, Isaac, basic things about God, faith, and obedience

a. God will provide (verse 8)
b. Faith is to believe what God says and demands (verse 8)
c. Isaac did not seem to push back his dad’s plan to sacrifice him on the altar
d. Abraham tied up (aqedah) Isaac and placed him on the altar (verse 9) and reached out to his knife (verse 10)

6. God provided a substitution (verses 11-13)

a. A male sheep
b. Isaac was unharmed
c. Almost died
d. But came back to life
e. God’s covenant promises would continue unharmed (15-18)

7. Abraham calls this place “Jehovah Jireh”

a.It became a place where the Jews commemorated annually God’s substitutionary provision for Abraham and Isaac
b. They also commemorated Isaac being almost sacrificed and got His life back
c. During their commemoration, they would always remember “Jehovah Jireh”
d. Sacrificing an animal annually did not necessarily mean that they sacrificed it to God, but they reminded themselves that God would provide for them

III. Lessons:

1. Faith obeys the word of God even if it conflicts with our understanding and our preferences
2. A true worshipper of God does not hold anything back from God, but obediently gives Him what He asks, by trusting that God will provide all his needs
3. Faith surrenders the best to God, holding nothing back
4. This incident and annual commemoration pointed to God putting up His Son, Jesus, on the cross
5. Romans 3:25 God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.
6. Romans 8:31-32 If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

Take Away: 

Give to God what He asks because God is the ultimate provider

1. Obey God without a protest
2. Give God without a question
3. Trust God completely for your provisions
4. Just as Abraham gave his son, Isaac, to God, give yourself as a living sacrifice (cf. Rom 12:1)

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org