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The Abrahamic Covenant, Part 12. Abraham believed in the doctrine of resurrection and therefore applied it to this situation.

Thursday, April 25, 2002

HEB 11:19 “He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead.”

When a person is in a position of leadership, whatever leadership must go through, to the employees or to those under the leader, solutions must be made simple.

Great leaders always make it simple to their subordinates.

GEN 22:5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” (NIV) GEN 22:5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” (NKJV) GEN 22:5“Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the young men, “and the lad and I will travel yonder and worship, and then come right back.” (TLB)

1. Abraham is dogmatic in his thinking - “We will worship and we will return to you.”

2. Those in positions of authority do not have to give explanations for what they do.

3. Abraham believed in the doctrine of resurrection and applied it to this situation.

Justification before God by believing in the Lord, GEN 15:6.

Justification before man, JAM 2:21, by becoming an example of what a mature believer is willing to do.

He was vindicated by what he did and identified as a mature believer and called a friend of God.

ACT 16:25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;

ROM 15:9 and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, “Therefore I will give praise to Thee among the Gentiles, And I will sing to Thy name.”

1CO 14:15 What is the outcome then? I shall pray with the spirit and I shall pray with the mind also; I shall sing with the spirit and I shall sing with the mind also.

EPH 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;

COL 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms {and} hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

HEB 2:12 saying, “I will proclaim Thy name to My brethren, in the midst of the congregation I will sing Thy praise.” JAM 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises.

PSA 56:4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?

PSA 56:10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise JOH 1:1 In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.

JOH 1:14 And the word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

REV 19:13 And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called the word of God. JOH 14:23Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word.”

Someday you are going to use a maximum amount of doctrine in a crisis, and that will be your greatest moment of worship.

Learning doctrine is not the end; learning doctrine makes doctrine the working object of your faith.

1CO 3:13 each mans work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each mans work.

REV 19:13 And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called the word of God.

The first day when he received instructions from the Lord, he didnt question the instructions, he didnt hesitate, he even had a good nights sleep.

For three days he journeyed to Moriah, and on the third day he went to the top of the mountain to sacrifice his son.

Abraham did not go up the hill to advance or improve his spiritual life.

a. Providential preventative suffering is needed for spiritual self-esteem. b. Momentum testing is for spiritual autonomy. c. Evidence testing is for spiritual maturity.

The test demonstrated what Abraham had, not what he did not have.

The test was not designed to promote Abraham but to reveal how much he had already been promoted.

It is possible to do things for God without any advance or promotion in mind.

ECC 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do it with all your might;

To show other believers what a wonderful thing it is to be at spiritual maturity and be the friend of God.

The friend of God has a perfect happiness in life and a total promotion and blessing in eternity which is remarkable and indescribable.

God tests His friends in ways that He would never test anyone else.

The test revealed what God had done for Abraham, not what Abraham was doing for God, and that is your issue.

Isaac also recognizes the authority of doctrine, and he is willing to offer himself on the altar because his relationship with his father has taught him to be as obedient to the will of God as his father is.

Robert R. McLaughlin All Rights Reserved 2002

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