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The LORD Will Provide
By Pastor John

Genesis 22:1-18
1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. 2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about." 3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you." 6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, "Father?" "Yes, my son?" Abraham replied. "The fire and wood are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" 8 Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together. 9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. 12 "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son." 13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided." 15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, "I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."

Abraham was tested.  A test is to determine what has been learned.

God Will Provide The Right Thing
God will always provide the right thing for His people who obey Him.  When God told Abram to leave his family and home town, he provided a land that would belong to his descendents.

Then He provided the son who would lead to those descendents.

At the Right Place
The ram was provided right where it was needed.  He didn't provide the ram before the trip, or before they went up the mountain, or even before Isaac was bound up.  He provided the ram at the exact place it was needed.

14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided." Where we draw near to the Lord in faith, that is where he will provide.

At the Right Time
Once before Abram had questioned God's timing.  He had been promised a son, but no son had come.  So he took matters into his own hands with Hagar, and had a son Ismael.  But it was not the Lord's provision.

God is never late.  He is always right on time.  God would never have really allowed Isaac to be sacrificed.  Even if He did, Abraham believed that God would raise him from the dead.

Because of the Right Faith
Hebrews 11:17-19
"By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son, to whom it was said, "In Isaac your descendants shall be called. He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead; from which he also received him back as a type."

God had to test Abraham's faith. Abraham's faith was found to be true.  The Lord provided.

Is your faith being tested? He will provide if we fully trust Him.


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