I have heard a lot the past couple weeks about the life of Abraham. There are some really good lessons we can learn from his life. I would like to focus on two that really had an impact on me.

The first deals with God’s initial request of Abraham. In Genesis 12:1-4,

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.

I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”

So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.

Abraham had faith in God that was incredible. The kind of faith that is built on a solid trust that God will lead us and will follow through on His promises.

Up to this point, God and Abraham had no recorded interaction with each other. God comes to him and tells him to go to a land that God will show him. In other words, start walking and then I will tell you where you should go.

What was Abraham’s response to this command from the Lord? Verse 4 tells us “So Abram left, as the LORD told him.” With the promise of blessing and the trust that God will somehow lead him, he left comfort, family and familarity for a land 700 miles from home.

I think there are some key points that we, Jesus Followers, need to learn from Abraham.

1. We need to trust in God and His guidance, even when it does not make sense. Where are you struggling to trust God in your life?

2. Sometimes God calls us to leave behind comfort and familiarity behind in order to follow Him. Is God calling you go somewhere or to leave something behind so He can bless you in other ways?

Through several events in his life, Abraham learns to trust and wait on God. In Genesis 22, we jump back into the story of Abraham. He is now a father of Isaac, a child born to him and Sarah in his old age. This is the child that carries the promise of God given back in chapter 12:3-4. Now a teenager (we believe), Isaac and his father go on a journey to sacrifice on a mount that God will bring him to.

One thing was different about this trip though, they had the wood but they did not have the lamb to sacrifice. Being an observant child, Issac spoke up and said, “Father?…We have the wood and the fire, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice? (Genesis 22:7)” Abraham’s response is what made an impression on me, “God will provide a lamb, my son (Genesis 22:8)”

The Lord provides for us, for our every need. Everyday we face trials and needs and it is so reassuring to know that wherever we’re at God is there. Our Lord will provide for His children.

As you know, if you have heard the story before, God was testing Abraham by telling Abraham to sacrifice his son. Now right before He did this an Angel of the Lord stopped him and provided a ram in his place.

God provided a sacrifice and spared Abraham’s son. In the same way, (and some believe at the same spot) God sent His Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for our sins. The difference is that God did not step in at the last minute and provide a ram. Jesus lived life as a perfect lamb and volentarily gave up His life for us, conquering death, taking the penalty for our sins on Himself. It is the gift of grace that we just need to accept as a free gift.

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