September 15, 2013 – First Baptist Church Edmonton – Rev. Dr. Ryan Sato
GodStory, Act II & III: Fall – Israel
Key Event #2 of 37, Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14
Title: “This is a Different God”
This is a good sermon. It is thought provoking. It draws you in and makes you feel alive. You offered some different interpretations on why God tested Abraham. God covers a lot of ground here. He accomplishes many points with this simple test. I think he is saying this:
1) You must love me more than you love your own son, you show this by obedience to my commands.
2) Obedience requires a lot of effort. It takes a long time to accomplish, it must have been agonizing for Abraham.
3) God is foreshadowing, he is giving us a glimpse of how it feels to sacrifice your own son, as he already knows that the time will come when HE must do this.
4) We must have faith that things will end right, that God will intervene when necessary and have faith He will keep us from self-destruction.
5) We must always be prepared to listen to God, as it is clear he can change his mind.
6) In our own life story we must rationalize and agonize over decisions, making good decisions is hard work.
7)Isaac (at 14) lying on the wood must be thinking that his father has gone nuts, but loves him and it seems that he therefore accepts his fate(?), otherwise he would be kicking and screaming. Is this insight on how a teenage mind works?
8)Are we not constantly be tested? We learn from our mistakes, if we get up, we get stronger.
Hello Gary, thanks for your thoughtful comments! Quite a spectacular and challenging story…I’m grateful for the reality that God’s enduring words to us are words of love and providence.