Withholding nothing from Him.

TEXT : Gen 22: 1-11

“Take your son, your only son – *yes, lsaac, whom you love so much*; and go to the land of Moriah. Go and *sacrifice him as a burnt offering* on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” Genesis 22:2

WE come into a relationship with God full of all manner of expectations after conversion. We expect that our needs will be met, and we judge the faithfulness of God by the way our expectations are fulfilled.
On the other side God has expectations of us too. And He judges our level of dedication, commitment and devotion by our willingness to obey Him in all things (Jn 14:21).

Abraham’s expectations had all been met including the birth of a son in his old age. Surely, God had been so good to him.
Now, it’s time to test his level of commitment dedication, and devotion.
God made a demand for lsaac to be offered to Himself – by burning him up.
Straight away, Abraham made preparations to set off early the very next day with lsaac and two servants. Abraham’s promptness in carrying out God’s request is very remarkable given its gravity.

No hesitation on Abraham’s part is recorded in Scripture.
So towards Moriah, he went, a three -day journey, long enough for Abraham to reflect on his mission, be hit with the full force of its enormity, reason things out and have a change of mind if he had so desired.

He left the servants at this point and went with lsaac who was carrying the wood for the burnt offering.
Isaac must have been quite familiar with the making of such sacrifices, and hence his intelligent question, “. . . Where is the sheep for the burnt offering? “(Gen 22:7)
Again, Abraham was not shown to be moved by his son’s question. He was resolutely set to fulfill his mission.

It’s important for Abraham to know which one of the mountains God has chosen for the sacrifice (because it would be the only mountain where a ram has been designated to be caught in a thicket, ready for the sacrifice ). I believe that Abraham was in a prayerful mood, sensitive and alert to the promptings of his God all the while he was journeying.

Once on top of the mountain, Abraham was poised to carry out his sacrifice. “Abraham built an altar, and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, lsaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood” (vv 9).
What could be going on in the minds of both father and son at this point in time? Was lsaac showing any resistance? Did he cry out in fear and terror? Scripture has no record of such. Must have been very emotional for both.

But what Scripture does say is that Abraham did not falter, nor waver.

“And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice”* (Gen 22:10).

He actually had the intention to do so!
Abraham’s selfless devotion and commitment to God has been tried, tested and confirmed! His heart was set on pleasing his God no matter the price he had to pay.

In our time, the Lord is not asking us for a burnt offering of another but a presentation of our own selves as a living sacrifice. Voluntarily. Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome teaching them about the mercy of God through which they are now enjoying a covenant relationship with God. He writes, ”

l urge you to offer your *bodies* as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -this is your *spiritual act* of worship” (Rom 12:1).

In other words, figuratively, we are to build an altar, arrange the wood on it, and climb atop it, ready to be sacrificed. In reality, we are not required to go through the motions of building altars and burning wood, but to live it out. Live our lives as though we’ve been tied up and placed on the altar of sacrifice. We should give up our wilful attitudes and way of life, and surrender fully to the Lord Jesus, submitting completely to His will.
That’s the spiritual act of worship the Lord expects of us.

For it is time that those who desire to worship God, *true worshipers – should do so in spirit and in truth* (Jn 4: 23).

Now is the time.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.

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Tancy, 12/2017
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7 thoughts on “Withholding nothing from Him.

  1. Abraham’s actions show his faith. Wonderfully so!

    It is always a question as to whether or not our actions show our faith. You quote Romans 12:1, “l urge you to offer your *bodies* as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -this is your *spiritual act* of worship.”

    How do we offer our bodies as living sacrifices? By not always doing our own will. By obeying God’s commands even when we don’t see the point.

    Unfortunately most of Christianity has thrown out this possibility by nullifying or spiritualizing God’s law, just as some parts of Judaism have transformed the actual act of sacrifice into prayer repetitions. Both lose out on the opportunity to worship God through our actions conforming to what He wants.

    Yes, prayer and worship are also an act of ‘living sacrifice.’ But when we take the time and choose to follow one of God’s commands, such as “don’t eat pork,”, we are offering that portion of our body as a living sacrifice to God, in worship and praise.

    Thanks for the words about faith. Very well put. In the Hebrew language and mindset, ‘faith’ and ‘action’ are basically synonymous. As James said in his book, “Faith without works is dead.”

    – Yosef

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  2. Thanks Yosef. I always learn something new from your comments and writings. I very much appreciate your comments. Your position in between Judaism and Christianity is so refreshing. It reveals the inconsistencies of both sides, bringing out clearly the needed balance. Blessings.

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