by Christina Farris
13 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.
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. The blessing often comes what one can see and not by one needs to understand. Abraham would be a father of two great nations, only one nation was of promise and the other of desire. Yet the promise of faith would come from belief, but also from the fact Messiah would be born from the promise of Isaac line. You can not take the desire of man and try to put the desire heir inline to the throne of man. If God's promises us something, he going to fulfill it his way and not through our sinful desire of trying to control or produce his promise. Did God still bless Ishmael line of non promise, yes and the hope of faith is still to all of Abraham offspring. Yet it was through Abraham desire to hurry God's plan up that caused not only sin, but his wife to say take my maid because I am sick of you Abraham. I think Sarah became frustrated with her husband, and so another wife was given to take the rights to bear the promise. Sarah can not give away that right by offering her maid.
In the story above in scripture begins at the end of the story when Abraham offers up is son on the altar and was fixing to kill him when God provided a ram for him caught in a thicket and the angel of the Lord spoke to Abraham concerning the promise. God sent him to sacrifice his son by promise to see if Abraham would give him to him or not. When Abraham was willing he provided a ram. God providing us a Savior Jesus, who already come through the line of Abraham to be sacrificed for our sin born of a virgin(Luke 1), so Abraham biologically is only the Father, by his daughter and not Joseph.
There is point to all this ladies if God promises our husband something do not try and change his blessing because of our own needs. Yet there is something more here, God is also talking about a spiritual blessing that comes through Abraham. It is the blessing of faith is consider righteousness. Faith not by works, but by belief so no one can boast of their triumphs or victories of good works out weighed their evil. We do good works because of faith. Because of the love God give us we want others to have that same experience that same love God has given us, so they might believe. Belief is not a bartering tool, it starts as a grain as small as a mustard seed and it grows rooted deep with in the ground and spreads out into glorious tree with many branches and much fruit, if we trust and believe in God. Yet righteous came through belief in God's promise of a Son his name is Jesus. Abraham had to believe God's word in order for the promise of Isaac to come, and so we see Abraham did not give up on his wife but still went into her tent and they finally in old age beyong normal conception ability and produced a male heir. Sarah tried to sacrifice the promise, and so Jesus would be sacrificed through a choice for peace, only to loose that peace through Christ resurrection, because he was the Son of God and the heart is now wreck at the promise being destroyed only to be shown to the world in the humiliation of our sin that Jesus still lived. Our sin causes our humilitation of causing more strips upon our Saviors back, the nails once again hammered to the cross, because we fail to follow the will of God and rely on his promises. Jesus ministry was 33 years, and even at the trial before the religious leaders one of them recognized Jesus and asked if Mary was his mother.
Is our desire not to receive the blessings God's our way more important then God's way. God says don't worry about my word is coming again as promised, throught he return of Jesus my Son. God says your forgiven upon confession of sin, upon admitting our imperfection. God never chastised Sarah for offering her maid to Abraham. We never find that in scripture. Oh how Sarah must of felt upon the birth of her son. How she must of been pained in her heart as she held the joy of the blessing of the Lord. How she felt it when the unpromise offspring mocked her. Made her angry enough to ask Abraham to send her sin away. Yet what we see with the adulterous woman in Luke 8 is Jesus saying go and sin no more. Do you not think Sarah everytime looked at Isaac knew for a fact God's promises were true.
Yet the promise of faith never changed for Hagar found hope in the desert as well sprung up living water. Hagar found hope as she raised her son to manhood and he would have twelve tribes. See the promsie of God that Abraham would be a father of many nations is clearly seen two male heirs of that blessing of increase, but the blessing and promise of God could only come through Isaac line because of the original promise and it would be on faith.
If we look at the story of Jonah we see he land up preaching on the ship he tried to escape from God on, but the blessing of sin came when the men on the ship worshipped God that day. Repentance came to that ship, yes he was going the wrong direction, but God still used Jonah, just like Abraham son Ishamel would still be used. We see even with production of sin did not change the ability to have faith in God, or God's promises to not come to the world. For did not God take Moses promise of entering the promise land of physical place by human sight, and not still give him the eternal hope of everlasting life. Sin might take man from God blessings, but it will not be taken from the world as promised, for God promised that Abraham offspring would be the gatekeepers of his enemies. Who holds the key of heaven and hell, but Jesus. The spiritual promise of hope eternal, that when he returns the enemy will be destroyed by the wrath of God to come.
We have to follow the promise given and not the desire. We all struggle with the promise of God in faith at times and turn to our own desires, not because we do not believe God but because one is more tangible then the other for the present and our desire is seeable. Paul writes in I Corinthians 7 that he sin in his body but he walked by the spirit. There was times he sin because of his wants and not because he did not desire to follow the Spirit. It was the humanity that caused our sin. Sarah weakness was just that. Just as Abraham offered his Son in faith, he did not waver at the promise of God in his heart that this Son would live some how. He placed his son on the altar and then God stopped him from killing Isaac his Son and then God speaks to him of the promise of hope to come of Israel holding the gate of their enemies. Speaking of Jesus and not always actual gate, because we know that Israel went into captivity and they did not always possess physically gate of their enemies.
Let us hold to the spiritual truths and blessings of God and faint from weary when we fail because of sin, but let hold spiritually to his truth through faith that Christ will return and close and lock the gate of our enemies of unbelief. The true promise of real faith. God's promise to all believers in Christ Jesus, the promise redeemer and blessed hope of faith. Christ returning in the air is not just with airplanes but a physical appearance of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hold to the hope my friends, during this Christmas season and your life.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the blessing of faith, seen through the hope of promise that came to those in scripture as proof of the promises are still real today. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Romans 4:16 KJV
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
Revelation 20:1-7 KJV