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Gen. 22:1-14 THE TRIAL OF FAITH
Intro: Ill. The Siamese twins joined at the waist. Both
could not live, so the parents had to choose which child lived and which child died. What
a terrible predicament to be in. That, however, is the position that God placed Abraham in
in this passage. Abraham had a choice to make and it involved the live of his son.
Abrahams faith was on trial before the Lord.
Ill. 1 Pet. 1:7, "That the trial of your faith,
being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might
be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" Through
the centuries, Abraham has stood as a monument to true faith if God. He trusted God in
every area of his life and he was vindicated by God every time. He was tried, but he came
forth from the trial shining in the glory of the Lord.
In these verses, we can learn much about the trial of
faith. We can learn how to handle the trials of life and about the One who makes the
victory possible for us. This morning, notice with me tree aspects of the trial of faith.
I. v. 1-2a A LOVING FATHER (Evidenced by:)
A. Isaacs Appearing He was: 1. The Son Of
Promise Gen. 17:19; 2. The Son of Prophecy Gen. 17:19; 3. The Son of
Abrahams Old Age Gen. 17:17. These three facts caused Isaac to hold a high
place in his fathers life.
B. Abrahams Actions Ill. Gen. 21:8-14.
Abraham held Isaac higher in his esteem than he did Ishmael.
C. Gods Acknowledgment God knew Abraham
better than anyone else and he stated the fact that Abraham loved Isaac! (Ill. Love
made the task hard!)
II. v. 2b-14 A LIVING FAITH (Evidenced By)
A. v. 2b A Requirement Ill. The context This
was a hard request which God placed upon Abraham. Ill. True faith is always tested
1 Pet. 4:12; 1 Cor. 10:13; 2 Tim. 3:12. (Ill. Faith that is never tested is not a faith at
B. v. 3-10 A Response Ill. The context! Without
question, Abraham set about doing that which God demanded. Ill. True faith always responds
to Gods call!Abrahams faith revealed the fact that he loved God more than he
loved Isaac! Ill. John 14:15. (Ill. The particulars of the journey! v. 8-10 These
verses reveal the true faith of Abraham!) (Ill. How could Abraham do it all? Because in
his mind Isaac died when God spoke. He had already put Isaac to death before he ever left
home!) This is the secret to a walk of total faith. That is, a mind absolutely yielded to
the Lord and ready at once to surrender all to Him!
C. v. 11-14 A Reward Ill. The context. True faith
in God is always rewarded by God. When we respond to Him in absolute trust and faith, He
gets the glory and He blesses. God honors faith, because true faith honors God! (Ill. He
doesnt always pay off on Friday, but He always pays off!)
D. God may require that you and I walk through some pretty hard places,
but it is faith that will deliver us and get us through all the valleys. Faith is the key
ingredient that makes all the difference between worry and winning, struggling and
succeeding, tragedy and triumph. Faith is the key to victory in the Christian life
Ill. 1 Cor. 15:57.
III. v. 12-14 SOME LASTING FEATURES (Ill. This story still
speaks to us today because of three outstanding features!)
A. The Picture In Isaac (Ill. A Portrait of Jesus
through and through)
1. Only Son John 3:16; Matt. 3:17
2. Son was Obedient To The Fathers Will (Ill. Isaac about 15-20,
Abraham about 100. Isaac was more than able to overcome his father, yet he submitted, just
like Jesus. John 4:34; Luke 22:42.
3. Isaac carried the wood for the offering Ill. Jesus carried His own cross
4. Isaac prayed to his Father So did Jesus Luke 22:42.
5. Isaac willingly surrender to the appointed task John 10:18. So did
Jesus, no one had to force Him to go to the cross Isa. 53:7.
6. Isaac dead for three days (Ill. In Abrahams mind!) Jesus
was in the tomb for three days Matt. 16:21.
7. Isaac Raised from the dead Heb. 11:17-19 Jesus was also raised
from the dead Matt. 28:1-6; 1 Cor. 15:1-23. (Ill. Rev. 1:18!)
B. The Peace In Abraham Abraham is a wonderful portrait of the
grace and peace of God. He was certainly heartbroken and miserable, yet somehow, he knew
that God would intervene. (Ill. His attitude Heb. 11:17-19) Perhaps, Abraham was
even excited as he contemplated what God would do. Surely, he would se a new side of the
Lord in this work. Ill. This is an encouragement for you and I to continue to trust in the
Lord. He has no respect of persons, and what He did for Abraham, He will do for you!
C. The Provision Of God Ill. The Ram in the thorns. God abundantly
intervened and met the need. (Ill. He name of the place Jehovah-Jireh
"The Lord Will See To It.") Ill. While (pain, heartache, grief, sorrow,
dread, death, brokenness) went up one side of the mountain, (provision, healing, glory,
salvation, delight, deliverance, blessing) was coming up the other. He was Jehovah-Jireh
then, and He still is today! He is what you need this morning in every area of your life!
(Ill. What God did on that same mountain 1,500 years later! Moriah is the same place as
Conc: Your faith, if it is real, will be tested, but rest
assured today that Jesus is and has all you need to have the victory in your
life. The primary thing that needs to be settled is this: Are you trusting
Jesus Christ for your salvation today? Just like Isaac, he climbed Mt. Moriah
carrying His cross and your sins. He died there to save your soul and today,
you can be saved if you will come to Him by faith. Will you do that today?
Christian, are you undergoing a trial today? If so, please come to the Lord,
He is still the God who will see to it. Bring your need to Him right now.
Sermon By Alan Carr
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