THE LORD WILL PROVIDE/A TEST OF TRUTH/MOST DIFFICULT TASK/EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT
Study Date: 4 March 18
Scripture: GENESIS 22: 1-3, 6-14
Biblical Date: 2050 B. C.
Location: BEERSHEBA, MORIAH
KEY VERSE: “Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” (Genesis 22: 8) (See Daniel 3: 17-18)
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED:
Deuteronomy 8: 11-20; Matthew 4: 1-11; Luke 22: 39-46; Psalm 20; Hebrews 11: 17-22; Genesis 22: 15-19.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
- Fearest—afraid, reverent, fearing.
- Forth—send away, let go, stretch out, reached out.
- Jehovah—the Lord will provide.
- Laid—set, appoint, make, place, put.
- Provide—look at, see, perceive, inspect, consider.
- Withheld—restrain, hold back, keep check, refrain.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
- Where did the offering of Isaac by Abraham take place?
- Where was the homeland of the early patriarchs?
- What characteristic of Abraham stand out above all else?
- From where does the phrase “ram in the bush” come from and what do we mean by it?
- What legacy did Abraham leave for God’s people?
- What do we learn from Abraham about trusting God and His love?
- What is the ultimate call of God on our lives? To Live? To Die?
- What did GRACE cost God? The Life of His Son?
THE SEED THE LORD WILL PROVIDE/EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT GENESIS 22: 1-3, 6-14
A. The Testing of Your Faith (Genesis 22: 1-3)
1. God called Abraham to test his faith, his desires.
2. Abraham accepted the challenge of offering his only son.
3. He prepared to do what God would show him, to keep his divine assignment.
4. When God gives us something it is still His.
B. The God of Provisions (Genesis 22: 6-8)
1. Abraham took everything he need for the sacrifice.
2. Isaac did not understand what God or his father was doing.
3. He questions his father Abraham about the lamb to be offered.
4. Abraham promised God would provide a lamb for Himself.
5. Abraham and Isaac went on, on one accord.
C. The Divine Intervention (Genesis 22: 9-14)
1. At the offering place, they followed God’s instructions.
2. Abraham showed he was willing to offer his only son back to God.
3. An angel stopped Abraham was offering his only son.
4. His willingness to offer Isaac was all god needed to know.
5. Abraham saw the glory of the Lord’s blessing.
6. Abraham named the place Jehovah-jireh.
The essence of prayer is to trust even when we cannot see. God is the great provider.
PLANTING THE SEED
- What does it mean to say God “tempted” Abraham?
- What special thing about Isaac made it difficult for Abraham to obey God?
- What instructions did Abraham give to his two servants?
- What do you think Abraham believed God would do to Isaac?
- What indications do we have that Isaac was willing to obey God too?
- Who brought Abraham a message from heaven?
- How did God keep His promise and provide a substitute?
- What does “Jehovah-Jireh” mean?
- How does this story of Isaac prefigure Christ?
- What provision do you need to trust God today?
NURTURING THE SEED
- What should be our attitude when responding to the call of God?
- How do we find the strength to obey God?
- What is the role of faith and trust in obedience to God?
- Should you and I make sacrifices to God? What might that look like?
- How is our faith affected by the provision of God?
- How do we know that God accepts our offerings and sacrifices?
- What do you expect God to do in response to your complete faith and obedience?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
- God expects us to listen and respond to His call.
- Expect your faith to be tested.
- Planning and preparation are necessary to follow God’s instructions.
- Courage to obey and trust God comes through faith.
- Faithful service requires a willingness to make a sacrifice.
- God provides what believers need to carry out His plan.
- Always acknowledge God as the source of provisions and give Him praise.
- God will provide a substitute for our sacrifice.
- When it is all said and done, God is the only truly valuable possession.
- God wants to know the depth of our faith and will give us time to show it.
- Our response to God reveals our obedience to Him.
- When it seems unlikely, God intervenes on behalf of obedient believers.