Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Abrahamic Covenant. Part 5. Are the bleesings more important than the One who gave them?.
Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Point 9. Amplification of the Covenant is also given after Abraham Passes Momentum Testing, GEN 22:17-24.
Perf-act-ind - prosphero = he offered up the most valuable, the most important thing to him in the world, his only begotten son, Isaac.
The believer can be blessed for doing things that he has never done because in the eyes of God he would have done it given the opportunity.
2CO 8:12 “For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he does not have.”
Imperfect tense - “was offering” = he went right on offering his son.
Abraham is a type of God the Father willing to sacrifice his son Isaac who is a type of TLJC.
ISA 53:10 “But the Lord [God the Father] was pleased To crush Him [Jesus Christ], putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering”
Are the blessings more important than the One who gave them?
MAT 10:37 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.”
LUK 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate [love less] his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”
Abraham learned from his failures as well as from his successes.
From both defeat and victory, failure and triumph, Abraham learned the importance of doctrine.
From failure and mistake and the total inability of human resources, he realized the total importance of divine resources and divine essence.
The more he learned about his own inabilities, the more he realized from doctrine in his soul the importance of the ability of God and the essence of God.
He is between 125-127 years old. His son Isaac was about 25-27.
“Take now your son” - qal imperative - qach-na = “please take” but it is a command to take his son.
1. There is not even one righteous man among mankind, ROM 3:10-18.
2. In the eyes of God, the best man is only vanity, PSA 39:5b “Surely every man at his best is nothing but vanity. Selah.”
3. Mans good deeds = filthy dirty rags. ISA 64:6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
4. Mans head is described for us by God - ISA 1:5-6 “The whole head is sick, And the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head There is nothing sound in it, Only bruises, welts, and raw wounds"
5. Mans heart is described for us - JER 17:9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”
ROM 7:18 “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh”
Accolade = a salute conferring knighthood, a mark of acknowledgement, an expression of praise.
“Your son” - “eth-binekha” = bin means son, and with the suffix it means “your son.”
“Your only son” - “eth-yechidhekha” - monogene = uniquely born son.
Isaac was a son who was uniquely born, not like our Lord with the virgin birth, but he was born from two members of the human race who were sexually dead.
To love - qal perfect - ahab = Isaac is now a young man and Abraham has loved him for quite some time.
The issue that Abraham now has to face is whether or not the command of God is more important than his love for Isaac.
“We can never gauge our love by feeling. The only true test of love is how much we are prepared to do for the one to whom we profess it.”
JOH 14:21 “He who has My commands [doctrines] and keeps them, he it is who loves Me”
On the surface, the command of God appears to be irrational.
The land of Moriah is later called Zion, and the mountain of Moriah is the hill on which Solomon built the Temple, 2CH 3:1. Moriah = “chosen by the Lord”
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