Theme: THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING IN THE SERVICE OF GOD
Text: “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” – Hebrews 11:8-10.
Comment: The Bible says God found that Abraham was a faithful man. (Nehemiah 9:8). He naturally trusted God. He did not engage in needless arguments when he was called by God, to leave his ancestral home for a place he did not know. – Genesis 12:1, Hebrews 11:8.
After many years of waiting for the child of promise and he finally got Isaac, he did not debate God’s command to sacrifice the child to God. He simply obeyed God. Isaac was a type of Jesus Christ. His meek submission even when the issue of the absence of the sacrificial lamb was not resolved, foreshadowed the willingness of Jesus Christ to submit himself for the supreme sacrifice. – Isaiah 57:3; Romans 9:7.
Abraham chose the path of peace in resolving a dispute between his servants and those of his nephew’s, even conceding the right of the first to choose a relocation, to Lot. More important of all, he had the belief, to be in the everlasting kingdom of God. – Hebrews 11:8
When God promised that in Abraham all the families of the earth would be blessed, He meant that many children of God would ultimately inherit God’s Kingdom if they believed in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Do we have understanding like our father Abraham?- Genesis 12: 2, 3; John 3:16; Isaiah 51:1.