We now turn to Abraham who answers the call to be on mission with God. From the moment God called him, Abraham faced many tests to see if he would remain true to God’s call. Along the path, Abraham learned some very valuable lessons that taught him lessons that needed to be learned and reminded him that God was not going to deviate from His promise.
As we get to the last test in Genesis 22, Abraham does not realize exactly what is ahead, but has learned to follow God’s instructions even if they do not make sense humanly speaking. In this personal encounter between God and Abraham, the instructions seemed to go against the very promise God gave Abram in chapters 12 and 15. One of the key features of Gods command was worship in a very personal sense; “Take you son, your only son Isaac…and offer him as a burnt offering” (22:2).
As we know from reading this chapter, Abraham followed through because his obedience would mean the blessing of “all the families of the earth” (12:3). “He considered that God was able even to raise [Isaac] from the dead” (Hebrews 11:19). Such faith strengthens obedience! God answers this man on mission with Him with another promise; “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore…and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice” (22:16–18).
The end of being on mission with God through obedience is that we experience greater worship and He confirms the promises that have always been in place. God is thinking about “all the nations of the earth”! Are you?
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