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The Sacrifice of Faith (9 of 9)
Series: The Faith Crisis
Introduction: In just a few days most of the students who are present this morning will begin the process of final semester exams. Every time I go back to the seminary campus I am reminded once again of the intense times of preparation, study, and testing. Little did I know during those days that those tests (academic) would be some of the easier test of life.
All of life is filled with tests, however, most of them are far more difficult than the classroom setting. Letting go is difficult to do.
Gen. 22:1 Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham.
(Tested conveys intensity. Music's equivalent is the fortissimo. It always conveys passion. It could be rendered severely tested).
Most of us seem to build our lives around
business and career,
plans and dreams,
people and relationships.
All of us know something of the personal pain that accompanies the loss of something or someone important in life. Sometimes people and things can become too important to us.
I. EXAMINING THE TEST
A. God's command. Gen. 22:1 Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." 2 And He said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah; and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you."
According to F.B. Meyer: Nothing else in the circumference of his life could have been such a test as anything connected with the heir of promise, the child of his old age, the laughter of his life. So He put him to a supreme test, that all men might henceforth know that a mortal man could love God so much as to put Him first, though his dearest lay in the opposite scale of the balance of the heart.
B. Abraham's Obedience.
1. It was immediate. 3 So Abraham rose early i ...
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