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TESTED (Hebrews 11:17-19)
 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son,  of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”  He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”  He said, “Take your
son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”  So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac…  Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.”  And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together.  And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”  Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.  When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.  Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.  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 a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.  So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”  And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven  and said, “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 your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies,  and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” [Gen 22:1-18 ESV]
1. There are many tests in the school of Christ (Heb. 11:17, Gen. 22:1).
2. We pass God’s tests by trusting fully in Him (FAITH) (Heb. 11:17).
3. Some of God’s tests will challenge us to the core of our hearts (Heb. 11:17).
4. God desires our obedience to be immediate (Gen. 22:3).
5. God’s promises to us can be always and forever be fully trusted (Heb. 11:18-19).
6. God will sometimes wait until the last minute to provide for us (Heb. 11:19).
7. God’s people are driven by worship, not worry, faith, not fear (Gen. 22:5).
8. God’s tests will prove whether or not we fear Him (Gen. 22:12).
9. Faith trusts in the miraculous provision of God, if it is needed (Heb. 11:8).
10. Isaac is a “type” of Christ, and all of God’s promises are yes and amen in Christ. Jesus is the ultimate promise (Heb. 11:19).
11. Jesus is our substitute, He is our salvation (Gen. 22:13).
12. Is there anything in your life that you have put before God? If so, release that to Him today, and walk in the fullness of His blessing (Gen. 22:16).