The Ascent

By Dean Fulks, March 12, 2023

God’s purpose for You is established in His provision for You

Genesis 22:1 – Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

Tests grow Trust

Genesis 22:2 – “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

God is always doing more than I am seeing

Genesis 22:3 – Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded 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.

Genesis 22:9-10 – When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 

Genesis 22:11-13 – But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide.

Genesis 22:14 – And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

Jehovah Jireh means “God who Sees Before”

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