Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Sometimes it seems that when God finds a man who can be faithful, obedient, and willing, especially when facing those “You talking to me?” moments, He will call His man to them more frequently. He had such a man in Abraham. Just think of some of those moments in Abraham’s life. God told Abraham to leave everything behind. “You talking to me?” God told Abraham to change his name when he was 99-years old. “You talking to me?” God told Abraham to circumcise every male in his household, including himself. “You talking to me?” And here we are again. God is calling on Abraham to do something extraordinary, emotionally and intellectually devastating, and parentally repulsive. God tells Abraham to take Isaac to Mount Moriah, build and alter, lay Isaac on that alter, cut Isaac’s throat the bleed him to death, and then burn his body to ashes. In my wildest imagination I cannot fathom what my response would be to such a call. But we know what Abraham’s was. OBEDIENCE. OBEDIENCE NOW. OBEDIENCE with full will.
And with such obedience, what do we see? A supernatural response by the Lord in the demonstration of establishment of the blood covenant. Oh, dear fellow believer. Would that every child of God could and would walk with such a commitment to our Jehovah God, and to our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the voice, leading, and word of Holy Spirit, and all that without excuse or hesitation. How thankful I am for the wisdom of God in establishing the New Covenant in a manner that can never be nullified. I am likewise eternally thankful for a man with the faith and integrity of father Abraham, who was willing to carry out whatever order came from Father, regardless of how difficult or unplausible it may seem.
Is there any wonder why Abraham is called “the father of our faith?” He was a man who was committed to follow the instruction, commands, and will of Father, and that in a way that truly honored our heavenly Father. I did not attempt to write about all the “You talking to me?” moments in Abraham’s life. There were others about which I did not write, but the ones I have shared with you set forth a wonderful example of what our life should be as the seed of Christ, and therefore, the seed of Abraham. Make the commitment, dear friend, to be an Abraham figure, one who obeys Jehovah God regardless of what the cost appears to be. When we’re walking in obedience to our heavenly Father, to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to Holy Spirit, there need be NO worry of the outcome. He knows the plans He thinks toward us, to have and expected end.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4