WHAT KIND OF SON ARE YOU?
Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you." So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." Then he said, "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am." And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me." Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided." Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: "By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba. (Gen. 22:1-19-NKJV)
AS I READ THIS SCRIPTURE, I WONDERED WHAT KIND OF SON’S AND DAUGHTER’S ARE WE TO GOD? THE SCRIPTURE DOES NOT INDICATE HOW OLD ISAAC WAS WHEN HE AND HIS DAD WENT TO THE LAND OF MORIAH, HOWEVER, I CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT HE MUST HAVE BEEN A RATHER LARGE CHILD BECAUSE THE SCRIPTURE SAID; So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. (Gen22:6-NKJV) SINCE ABRAHAM PUT THE WOOD ON ISAAC’S SHOULDER, INDICATING THAT HE WAS ABLE TO CARRY THE WOOD UP TO THE MOUNTAIN, I ASSUME THAT HE WAS STRONG ENOUGH TO CARRY IT.
FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE CARRIED WOOD, WE KNOW THAT IT CAN BE VERY HEAVY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS CARRIED FOR ANY DISTANCE. ISAAC ONLY QUESTIONED HIS DAD ONCE; But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." Then he said, "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" (Gen. 22:7-NKJV) APPARENTLY, THAT ANSWER WAS SUFFICIENT FOR ISAAC BECAUSE HE NEVER ASKED THE QUESTION AGAIN, EVEN WHEN HIS FATHER TIED HIM UP AND PUT HIM ON THE WOOD. I CANNOT IMAGINE THAT KIND OF FAITH IN OUR NATURAL FATHER. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THAT MOST OF US WOULD BE FIGHTING AND SCREAMING TO GET OFF OF THE WOOD IF OUR FATHER HAD TIED US UP. I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS PARABLE MORE AND MORE AND WONDERED WHAT WOULD HAPPEN BETWEEN THE RELATIONSHIP OF A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER, FATHER AND SON, MOTHER AND SON, OR DAUGHTER AND FATHER, IF THIS WERE TO HAPPEN IN TODAY'S ERA? WOULD WE, OR COULD WE, TRUST OUR FATHER OR MOTHER ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT THEY WOULD NOT KILL US? AND, WHAT KIND OF RELATIONSHIP WOULD WE HAVE WITH OUR PARENTS AFTER THAT ENCOUNTER? Would we ever be able to trust our parent’s again? Would we still be speaking to them, would we still love them? I must say, that Isaac’s faith was really tested, and needless to say, he did pass the test. However, I wonder if we would pass the test if God allowed us to be tested to that extent? Or, would we pass the test even If we were not tested to that extent? Some of us cannot handle being corrected by God. Would it be possible for us to trust the father again in any circumstance or situation that occurred in our lives?
As people we have problems with each other,and, if one of us had put the other on a stake of wood to burn and then told us that was what God had instructed, we would be very hard pressed to believe that. I do not even want to imagine what would happen to relationships if one of us were tried in that way. I can only pray that we would believe each other, or at the least trust the God in each other to know that we would never go that far without hearing from God. Trust is a very important factor in any relationship. To not trust each other is crucial, therefore, it takes away from our relationships with each other. We will only allow each other so much space in our lives, which in turn causes all kinds of problems and a whole new area of circumstances that open.
Because of Abraham’s obedience and trust in our Father, he was rewarded according to the scripture's which say; and said: "By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." (Gen. 22:16-18-NKJV)
If only we knew the benefits of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ, if only we could become the sons and daughters that God wants us to be, to put all of our trust totally in him. The bible does not tell us in any detail about the relationship between Isaac and his dad after they left the mountain, however, if imagination is allowed, I believe his obedience and trust in God, and in his father rewarded him greatly, and that their relationship was even greater than they could have imagined. Let’s learn to trust God and each other, and, be obedient to him in everything that we do. God never said that it would be easy, however, he does expect us to totally trust in him.
Pastor's Mike and Allean Morgan are also facilitators for a class that was founded by Pastor's Francis and Flower
Briscoe entitled "What God Has to Say About "Marriage". Our next conference is going to be February 22-23, 2019. Friday, February 22, 2019 from 7-10pm and Saturday, February 23rd from 9:00am-5:00pm. The cost for this conference is $75.00 per couple and $50.00 for singles. You may pay at the door with no upcharge for admission. This conference will be hosted by According To The Word, located at 1002 Washington Avenue, LA Plata, MD 20746. Meals will be served at each session, however, we are requesting that you please register by February 15, 2019 so we may have ahead count. Also, please arrive at least an hour or half hour earlier to each session to be served so we may start our sessions in a timely manner. You can visit our website for more
information at www.whatgodhastosayaboutmarriage.com.