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 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.”
3 ¶ 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 wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which god had told him.
4 on the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance.
5 Abraham said to his young men, “stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.”
11 ¶ but the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” and he said, “here I am.”
12 he said, “do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear god, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
13 then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son.
14 Abraham called the name of that place the LORD will provide, as it is said to this day, “in the mount of the LORD it will be provided.”
15 ¶ then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven,
16 and said, “by myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,
17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.
18 “in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
YAHWEH knew and provided and blessed in the light of Abraham’s obedience and worship. I was not that Abraham obeyed Yahweh’s command only. but in his obedience he worshiped.
If you be willing and obedient you shall Isaiah 1:19 “if you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; If you consent. The Lord does not want us to be forced but to consent. Worship implies consent.
Several realities can be learned from this account of a pivotal event in the life of Abraham which not only affected him but us. He received the blessing ( grace) we received eternal life through his act and Yahweh’s in sending His son Yahshua to be our offering for sin. He provided Himself a sacrifice.
I see in this that the Lord speaks to us , we either respond in obedience ( our act of faith) or choose through unbelief or fear not to act on His word to us. then Yahweh releases grace or blessing beyond what we could ask or think. A key thing I have missed in the past is this. We may obey but do we worship in our obedience. Isaiah says that not only obedience but consent or willingness.
Isaiah 1:19 “if you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; NAS.
So many times I have in past obeyed but grumbled. My view of the Goodness of Yahweh was bent. As I see Him as Good and that He is Good to me I know whatever He speaks to me is going to result in good for me. therefore in my obedience I worship. Worship is fixing the eyes of your hungry heart to feast up Who He is. He is Good and He is love. Whatever He does in your life is for your good . You can’t worship under the law. the law is obeyed out of fear. Paul says to the Romans that we have not received the spirit of bondage unto fear , but the spirit of adoption as sons crying or worshiping calling Him Abba Daddy . I was at one time through ignorance Old Testament minded. I raised my first children under fear. I was afraid that if they disobeyed and went the wrong way they would die and go to hell. so out of fear I took God’s word and tried to force obedience out of them. They obeyed out of fear. but eventually their desire for life caused them to throw that aside. Thankfully the Lord has given me grace and mercy to recover them and show a more excellent way. I see so many Christians living this way. Obeying out of fear. Fear that if they don’t obey God they will be punished. but if they would see Him in light of His Word and not what they have been taught by bent men, blind guides leading the blind into a ditch. You know we always say Christians go from one side of the road to the other. One ditch of doctrine to the other. The Lord said He would make a highway a road in the desert not a ditch. yet I digress.
When you know Yahweh is good and that He is love and has accepted you into His Beloved. ( you are a target for His Love.) you worship at His command. You know His commands or Words to you bring Life. 1 John 5:3 for this is the love of god, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not burdensome. 4 for whatever is born of god overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
Faith is obedience and worship. Grace comes through faith and faith is a gift. there is a grace even to exercise faith . I believe help my unbelief. Yahweh’s grace is power to help you. receive Grace today.
A Hungry Heart