Thoughts from Beverly Abajian

                                               GENESIS 22

                                      GOD TESTED ABRAHAM - from Beverly Abajian

Some reflections the Lord revealed to me on 1-12--18

Genesis 22:1  “ Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’”

The important thing to note here is Abraham’s response.  He said, ‘Here I am.’

I have never noticed this before when reading this passage.  You may wonder, “what is the big deal”.

The “big deal” is that Abraham heard God.  One has to be really in tune with God to hear from him.

When God speaks, it is very IMPORTANT AND SERIOUS.  Whether it is in an audible voice such as to Abraham, Moses, the Patriarchs and prophets and many in the NT or in the still small voice.  We cannot hear the still small voice if we are running to the beat of our own drum, distracted, anxious, a myriad of things.

Also, even though Abraham heard God call him, he had a choice.  Abraham did not have to answer God back.  The fact that Abraham answered, ‘Here I am’ meant obedience from the get go.  From that point on he would need to stay the course.  The decision for Abraham’s obedience was made even before God even asked him to kill his own son.  When we say  yes to Christ, when we receive Him into our Hearts ( Born Again), that should also be our mindset.  But, I know for me and I am sure others, unfortunately, that is not always the case.  We need His help to do His will.

Genesis 22:4 “ Then on  the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.”

I never noticed that before either.  I assumed that it all took place in one day.  Abraham must have spent those first two days in agony.  Akin to Jesus in the tomb for 3 days  Spending the first 2 days  in the pits of Hell for our sin and the sins of Mankind.  But on the third day,  Issac’s life was spared.  On the third day, Jesus was resurrected. 

Genesis 22:8  “ And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.’ …”

At this point Abraham trusted God and was assured that the LORD would provide.  Maybe Abraham needed those 3 days to come to this point of total trust.

Genesis 22:11  “ But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham! So he said, ‘Here I am.’ 

Sound familiar.  Abraham is still “hearing”.  Thank God.  The whole course of human history could have been different if Abraham did not ‘hear’.   What if Abraham copted an attitude, became resentful, angry, he may have reacted much differently.  His own emotions may have made him deaf to the voice of the Angel and thus blindly killing his own Son.

What a lesson for us.  Our actions and reactions can have serious ramifications and consequences.  We may think Oh what does one little disobedience from me matter in the greater scheme of things.  Read through scriptures and see the effects of decisions made to obey or not to obey.  Disobedience- Abraham – Ishmael.  Esther- obedience   Ruth, obedience to follow Naomi.  On and on iculminating In Jesus going to the Cross. 

Genesis 22:13  “Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught  in the thicket by its horns.  So Abraham went and took the ram,  and offered it up for a burnt offering, instead of his son,”

The ‘lamb in the thicket’  it was salvation for Issac.  Jesus is our Sacrifice Lamb. 

Genesis 22:14  “ And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide,…”

Abraham passed the test.  The LORD helped Abraham and provided him the Answer- The lamb in the thicket.

The Lord provides us the Answer as well- JESUS!!!

Just remember our one little ‘Here I am’ can affect the future of our families and generations to come and our world.  Even if we blew it how many times, God still gives us future opportunities to say ‘Here I am’.