Hey everyone👋🏻! Cheers and blessings!! 😇🌸
Okay, I’ll begin my post by asking you a very simple question — When someone helps you with something, who would you rather be grateful for? The help or the helper?😊 Well, if you were to ask me I would say, I’ll rather be grateful to the person who helped me than with the help itself.
What I am hinting at is, very often we are quick to forget the God who helped us during our need/trouble and keenly focus on how we came out of that situation. Nevertheless our forefather Abraham’s story was something else altogether. We know he and his wife were childless, until God promised of blessing him with a son. Now, even for that promised to be fulfilled it took Abraham 25 long years. Romans 4:20 says, inspite of the length of years, he did not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith giving glory to God.
After Isaac was born and had grown up into a young lad, God again put a test before Abraham — to see if he still loved God, as in all those waiting years, or if he loved his boy more than God! Abraham proved to God through his implicit obedience that he still loved God like in the days of old. Before going to sacrifice his son, Abraham forsook 3 things on the way. Yet, he also took 4 things along with him for the sacrifice.
THE 4 THINGS ABRAHAM TOOK FOR THE SACRIFICE:
(i) Isaac – represents meekness/the act of committing oneself into God’s Presence. 📝: On the way to the sacrifice, Issac kept asking his dad about the object of sacrifice ; to which his dad replied – Jehovah-Jireh (The Lord will provide). Later on at the venue, when his dad tied up his hands and feet and laid him upon the altar; Isaac very well understood who was going to be the object of sacrifice.
Yet, he did not run away nor get angry at his dad, but laid still calmly. He let his dad have his way with him. Hence, in all of this we understand that by offering ourselves into God’s hands, He won’t put us in danger but rather glorify Himself through our lives.
(ii) Wood — Worshipping and serving God through the substances He has given us and also surrendering ourselves to His presence. God loves a cheerful giver; so our sacrifice should come from the heart.
(iii) Knife — refers to the Word of God which is sharper than any two-edged sword. Hebrews 4:12. We must be doers of the Word and not hearers only and also examine our state according to God’s Word.
(iv) Fire — Refers to the anointing of the Holy Spirit. God is pleased with a sacrifice when it has been burnt by fire. In the New Testament, we are the living sacrifice and when the anointing of the Holy Spirit descends on us, God will be pleased in us. Romans 15:15,16.
May God help us to take all four of these within us to be an offering acceptable to Him.