Tag: God provided
Scripture reading for January 13th: Genesis 21-23, Mark 8, Psalm 107
Key Scriptures: Genesis 22:11-13 “But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in the thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.”
Mark 8:35-37 “”For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?””
Jesus was teaching His disciples on the cost of discipleship. They were called to take up their cross and follow Him, even to the point of giving up their life. In doing so, they would gain life. But if they would just save their life for themselves, they would lose it. Two thousand years earlier, Abraham understood these principles. He offered his promised son, Isaac, on an altar near Jerusalem. God tested his faith and obedience and Abraham passed the test. God provided the sacrifice for his son and would sacrifice His own Son to save all souls.
Faith Confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for giving Your own life for my sinful soul! I am helpless to save myself. Help me today to tell others about Your amazing love and mercy to save all souls
Psalm 107:2 “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from trouble.”
Scripture reading for January 6th: Genesis 19-22
Growing in Thanksgiving: Genesis 22:1-3, 14 “Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 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.” 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.” “. . .”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.”
God asked Abraham to do a difficult thing: sacrifice his beloved son Isaac. Abraham obeyed and at the last second, God provided a ram in place of Isaac. “Jehovah Jireh” was the name Abraham gave the place on the mountain where “God provided” the ram!
Thanksgiving: God provided His own beloved Son, Jesus Christ, as the substitute for our sins. He was offered on a cross of wood he carried in the same location as Abraham’s son! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)