Abraham demonstrated RADICAL faith
After receiving instructions to sacrifice his one and only son, he started EARLY the next day in his journey of obedience.
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. Genesis 22:1-3
He viewed this act of obedience as WORSHIP for BOTH he and his son.
On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” Genesis 22:4-5
He trusts God to PROVIDE the sacrifice necessary to spare his son’s life.
He is prepared to OBEY God completely and wholeheartedly.
The Key to Abraham’s Obedience was his WILLING Heart.
But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Genesis 22:11
Abraham experienced RADICAL blessings.
Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” Genesis 22:13-14
Long-Term / LEGACY blessings.
The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, Genesis 22:15-17
ETERNAL / Spiritual blessings.
and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22:18
All of Abraham’s blessings were due to his willingness to OBEY.
Radical Faith STILL Produces Radical Blessings.