A Dress Rehearsal For Calvary
Take your bibles please and find the book of Genesis, and the twenty second chapter of that book. Genesis chapter twenty two. You will remember that about a year ago I preached a series of messages on Christ in the Old Testament. And in that time we dealt with this chapter. We shall deal with it again today because indeed it is a veritable mountain peak in the word of God. And I want you to find Genesis chapter twenty two. It's one of the great, great chapters in all of the bible. And I want to read with you now the first fourteen verses of Genesis chapter twenty two. "And it came to pass after these things that God did tempt Abraham." Now, let me pause right here to say, when the bible says that God did tempt Abraham it does not mean that God solicited Abraham to do evil. The bible says God tempteth no man with evil, neither can he be tempted with evil. The word here tempt means tested or tried. God did test Abraham or God did try Abraham and said unto him, Abraham, and he said, "Behold, here am I. 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. And on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to 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, ...
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