Several posts this week from my archives as I head to Tampa, FL with Rob to attend General Council for the C&MA.
In a systematic reading of the Bible God continues to show me Himself every single time. The only way to know Him is through His Word. Like I said here. I am using my Holman Christian Standard Study Bible giving myself permission to read the notes as I go. I typically use a Bible with the text only for my devotions, but am reading the notes as I go for this read through the Bible.
Yesterday morning I read Genesis 22 where God tests Abraham by saying to him...
take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about. Genesis 22:1-2
Uhh what did you say God? Don't you know how long I waited for this boy? Don't you know how much I love him? Don't you know all the plans You have for him and all the plans I have? What do you mean offer him as a burnt offering?
Abraham did NOT ask any of those questions. Instead, he got up early in the morning and took his son Isaac with him. You can read the story in it's entirety in Genesis 22. Go ahead read it for yourself, I will be here when you get back.
Abraham obeyed God in everything he was asked to do, down to taking a knife with him to kill his only son. Here God is emphasizing Abraham's obedience with the feelings of him or Isaac not mentioned. (study note) And God provided what Abraham needed.
Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son. And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, so today it is said: It will be provided on the Lord's mountain. vss. 13-14
Then these 2 notes from my study Bible hit me right between the eyes or should I say my heart?
Abraham passed the test that he feared God more than he loved his son.
Do I fear God more than I love my children?
The person who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; the person who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Anyone finding his life will lose it, and anyone losing his life because of Me will find it. Matthew 10:37-39
I've studied this passage and those like it found in the Gospels to know God is not minimizing family relationships, but no one, children included, can ever be in the place where God should always be.
Praying I've passed the test.