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Monday, March 4, 2013

Abraham, A Man of Faith

Last night the new series, "The Bible", premiered. I was so excited to see a series finally take to the television about the most important parts of history.
Abraham's story really stuck was his faith tested.
God tells him to go from his father's house to a land unknown, but have faith that he will make a great nation...
Well, He did not say it would be easy. Abram and Sarah tried to have a child...but almost lost hope.
Hagar (the servant) did have a son, Ishmael, for Abraham. But his wife Sarah, had to indure a lifetime of waiting to have child.
Could you imagine Sarah's long wait into her 80's to have a child, and Abraham in his 90's! When Sarah finally did have their son, Isaac, Abraham had to send Ishmael away. I cannot imagine sending your own child away, talk about trusting God. Then years later, God tells you that you must sacrifice your other son!

Has Abraham not been through enough, God? 
It is so vivid in my mind from last night's episode, the image of Abraham placing Isaac on the altar. Tears begin to well up in my eyes.
Of course you probably know the ending to the story. Isaac is not sacrificed, God produces a ram for Abraham to sacrifice instead. Whew, that was a close one!
But WHAT INCREDIBLE FAITH, He knew God would come through like He always had. Abraham was constantly walking with God.
Is this story not completely parallel to God sacrificing His only son in the New Testemant?
Was God foreshadowing?...
"Take your son, your only son, Isaac" Genesis 22:2...."For God so loved the world that He gave His only son." John 3:16.
I only pray that I can have even a tenth of such faith.
I am constantly questioning God.
I question His timing...
His plans for me....
The trials he puts me through....
Have faith.
Just like we have faith the sun will rise each morning.

There might be clouds shutting out it's light...
It might be storming...
We might not see it..
But the sun is there, with us, every day.
Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.


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