July 19, 2020Genesis 22:1-13 Progressive Baptist Church
“And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
LEARNING TO PUT LOVE OVER LOGIC
A man was walking along a narrow path, not paying much attention to where he was going. Suddenly he slipped off the edge of a cliff. As he fell, He grab a branch growing from the side of the cliff. Realizing that he couldn’t hang on for long, he called for help.
Man: Is anybody up there?
Voice: Yes, I’m here!
Man: Who’s that?
Voice: The Lord.
Man: Lord, help me!
Voice: Do you trust me?
Man: I trust you completely, Lord
Voice: Good. Let go of the branch.
Voice: I said, let go of the branch.
Man: [after a long pause] Is anybody else up there!
We all laugh at this story, but truth be told, many if not most of us, have this exact same response when The Lord ask us to let go of something that we hold precious and dear to ourselves. It doesn’t have to be our life like the man in this story.
Do yourself a favor this morning and don’t make God pry open your hands for something you should have freely let go of.
This is where we find ourselves at today in this particular pericope of passage!
Notice if you will the first sentence in verse 22; “Now it came about after these things”When ever you read these seven words it means there is a precursor to the text.
Here’s the thing ladies and gentlemen, God is about to test Abram, but this isn’t a pop quiz, it’s not a surprise test, it’s not something new or out of the ordinary. In fact Abraham had already been walking with God at least 35 yrs before he decided to give him this type of examine!And along the way God continued to show himself faithful, over and over again.
This is what kills me about CHURCH FOLK, when a dilemma arises, and you decide to turn to the page of woe is me page. I can’t understand how you flip the script that quick, this ain’t the first bridge you had to cross, this ain’t the first time you’ve been on your sick bed, this ain’t the first time your money was funny and your change was strange, this ain’t the first time you lost a loved one.
Corona ain’t the first Pandemic,
Trump ain’t the first prejudice
Racism didn’t just recently rise up.
And let me just drop this in some perfect persons spirit, if this was your first time, it certainly won’t be the last!BUT RATHER YOU KNOW IT OR NOT, WE SERVE A GOD OF ENCORE PERFORMANCE! Simply put, IF HE DID IT BEFORE HE’LL DO IT AGAIN!
If you and I examine the resume of Abraham’s life, we will find that the last 39 chapters of Genesis concern themselves with Abraham and his seed. Covering some odd 350 years, in fact God gave us more details about Abraham than about the origin of the universe!
In chapter 11 God spoke to Abraham told him to get out his Fathers house, and go to Canaan or the promise land. He first failed this test, for the Bible lets us know he took his Father with him and got bogged down in Haran. He probably would have been content in Canaan but God steps in, and his Father dies!
Abraham’s fathers name was Terah which means Delay, the city he got stuck in was Haran, which means Anger! HOW MANY OF YOU, HAVE GOD TOLD TO MOVE OUT OF DELAY, PUT YOU ON A PATH TO YOUR PROMISE, and somehow in the process of your promise, YOU GOT STUCK IN ANGER? If it pleases the court, I withdraw the question, let’s move on.
Again God shows up to Abram in Haran, tells him Take only your family, which now consist of, he and his wife, But watch chapter 13:1 And Lot his nephew went with him! Very key…..
Please hear me, some people are only clinging on to you, to get where your going! As a matter of fact, Lots name means Veil or Covering. Which means there are some Folks that attach themselves to us that are actually obscuring the view of the promise that God has for us!
PROGRESSIVE DO I HAVE A FEW FOLK IN THE HOUSE THIS MORNING THAT WILL ADMIT THEY NEED TO GET RID OF A LOT! Some of y’all need to have a LOT SALE! Watch this, if you can’t get rid of A LOT, if your uncomfortable having A LOT sale, then the only real solution is probably the easiest solution, TAKE THEM TO SAVE A LOT!
Over in chapter 15 God promises Abraham a son, even though his wife Sarah is Barren. He at this point is 75 yrs old, but instead of waiting on the promise of God, he decides to get his wife’s servant Pregnant. His wife is barren, can’t have kids herself, she not only agrees but actually suggest this plan of action. The servant gets pregnant, now Abraham has a son everything is cool. RIGHT? WRONG!!!!!!!!!! BECAUSE THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO DO A WRONG THING!
Here’s the thing, if you don’t have a Promise you end up settling for a Premise, which is an assumption that something is true! AND IF TRUTH BE TOLD, MANY OF YOU ARE LIVING ON A PREMISE AND NOT A PROMISE,PREMISE, that this is the job I’m supposed to have,PREMISE, this is the one I should marry PREMISE, this is the ministry I’ve been called to. Listen, You better be standing on the promises, and bypass the premises!
Well how do you know that this wasn’t Gods will Pastor Jeff? I’m glad you ask. 1st of all he and Sarah end up having Isaac when Abram was 100 yrs old, second of all when you go back to our text in Gen. 22:2 watch the wording of God. “Take now thy son, thine ONLY son Isaac, whom thou lovest. What a minute, we just read he had a son by Hagar his name was Ishmael. How is Isaac his only son? God needs you to know today, that he rejects anything you try to birth out of the flesh, and try calling it Spiritual! That’s why you can’t just sing every song and call it God! That’s not a faith song it’s a flesh song!!!! That’s why you can’t just marry who you feel like marrying because they got money, or look good, THAT’S NOT YOUR WIFE , THAT’S YOUR WISH LET IT GO! I heard the R&B singer, Usher say LET IT BURN,
Okay, okay that’s toO new school, well my momma would play a record by Teddy Pendergrass that said, “Think I’d better let it go / Looks like another love / TKO”.
Teddy was saying the same thing Abraham was saying. That you’ve got to put Love over Logic.If you’ve studied the bible at all, you will find that Love almost always defied Logic;1) It’s not logical for a Prophet named Hosea to marry a Harlot like Gomer. But Love says do it anyhow.2) It’s not logical for three Hebrew boys to walk into a fiery furnace, but love, says do it, I will be in there with you!3) It’s not logical for a Shepard boy like David, who couldn’t even fit in a uniform, to go up against a Giant like Goliath, but love says who is this uncircumcised philistine that comes against my God!Okay let me bring it home, it’s not logical for Sister Richburg to be 90 and still Praising and serving the a Lord,
It’s not logical that Brother Shannon got the issues he got in his back But still does the work he does around the church.
It’s not logical that even through a Pandemic God continues to add to the body such as should be saved!
BUT LOVE DEFIES LOGIC,
It wasn’t logical for Abraham to finally have his promised son and receive word from heaven to sacrifice him. But Abraham loved God more than he loved his child. And he wasn’t about to fail this test. IF YOU LOVE THE GIFT MORE THAN YOU LOVE THE GIVER, THAN THE GIFT BECOMES AN IDOL!
Abraham left a day after God commanded him, and it took three days to get to Mt. Moriah. Making it a total of a four day journey. This corresponds perfectly to Exodus 12:3, where the Passover Lamb was to be kept for four days before killing it!Abraham took with him, two servants, one donkey, and his son Isaac; They get to the mountain he tells his two servants to wait with the donkey.( Don’t miss this teachable moment )EVERYBODY TRAVELING WITH YOU, ISNT AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFIED TO TAKE THE TEST WITH YOU! Some folk no matter how faithful they are to you, they don’t have the Love they need for you to over come logic!
Listen Love, don’t have to make sense, as a matter of fact Faith is the substance of things that don’t make sense!
Notice in verse 5 Abraham says “The lad and I will go yonder and worship, and ( WE ) will come back to you.”Abraham had already decided to sacrifice his son, but he also fully believed if he did sacrifice him that God was able to resurrect him!If he could believe God in the supernatural birth of his son, he could also believe in the supernatural resurrection of him!I’M PREACHING BETTER THAN Y’ALL SAYING AMEN
If you believed God, for the dead marriage your in, believe him for the resurrection of that thing! If you believed God for the house and home you received, before you got laid off, took a pay cut. Believe Him for the resurrection of your finances! The bible says let the dead bury the dead, but there are some things you need to carry to the alter of sacrifice and have a resurrection service!
I’m just about done thank you for listening;
You all know the story Abraham and Isaac begin to climb the mountain, Understand Abraham is over a hundred yrs old, it is believed Isaac is about 14. Isaac looks to his dad and says “behold the fire and the wood but where is the lamb for a burnt offering” A LOST WORLD IS STILL ASKING, I SEE THE FIRE, I SEE THE WOOD, I SEE THE PROBLEMS, I SEE THE RACE ISSUES, I SEE THAT NEITHER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IS GREAT, I SEE THE DRUGS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, I SEE THE DIVORCE RATE IN AND OUTSIDE THE CHURCH, I SEE THAT INSTEAD OF GIVING OUR CHILDREN A GOOD WHIPPING WE’RE GIVING THEM RITALIN! BUT WHERE IS THE LAMB! Abraham responds “My son God will provide himself a Lamb for a burnt offering” .Abraham builds an altar, and his 14 year old obedient child allows his dad to tie him to it. The bible says he stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son”. Just then he heard an angle from heaven say HOLD UP WAIT A MINUTE, LET ME PUT SOME JESUS IN IT! And he provided a ram in the bush!
In other words, because of the obedience of Abraham he got heaven to pause on his behalf!And all I’m trying to tell you this morning PROGRESSIVE is if you put Love over Logic, heaven will pause on your behalf also!.,,,……………
That’s why without a car wash Deacon, all your bills still paid, because heaven paused on your behalf.
That why you went from riding a bike to driving a new car and working your dream job, brother Nate because heaven paused on your behalf.
Heaven paused on your behalf brother Edgar, that’s how you were able to drive all those years, and never get in an accident or get a ticket
If we continue to look at things logical. We will never see what the Lord is able to do;
It wasn’t logical for a staff to open up a enter see. It wasn’t logical for Daniel to spend the night with a hungry lion. It wasn’t logical that Elijah, to believe a small cloud would bring in abundance of rain. And it certainly wasn’t logical that one man would sacrifice his life, so the entire world would have the right to eternal life. BUT JESUS PUT LOVE OVER LOGIC.