Thursday, March 11, 2010
Abraham's Trial and Seven Blessings
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Hebrews 11:17
In one of his talks, C. H. Spurgeon notes seven blessings that came to Abraham through this trial of his faith.
"First, the trial was withdrawn and Isaac was unharmed. Second, Abraham received the highest approval of God or not withholding anything from Him. Third, Abraham saw God in a new light, as one who would be willing to sacrifice his own Son, Jesus, for the sins of us all. Fourth, More of God’s nature was revealed. He became known as Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides. Fifth, God confirmed His covenant with Abraham because Abraham proved himself faithful at all costs. Sixth, God reemphasized his promise to Abraham about his offspring. “I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.” (Gen. 22:17) And finally, God gave Abraham a distinct and personal blessing that has never been repeated.
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. Gen. 22:18 "
[Note: I have just finished reading E. Douglas Clark's amazing book about Abraham and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is breathtaking. The title is The Blessings of Abraham: Becoming a Zion People.]