June 29, 2008am    A Spiritual Heritage.   Genesis 22:1-14

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist.org

What is our spiritual heritage?  God has blessed us with a spiritual heritage that goes all the way back to Abraham.  He gave us fathers of the faith.  People who knew and believed in the one true God called I am that I am.  He has blessed us with a heritage of salvation that comes through his only begotten Son named Jesus Christ.  He has blessed us with a country that was established by pioneers and pilgrims.  These came to the new land that promised freedom of religion and a new life to all those who chose to make the voyage across the sea.  He gave us people who led our country to establish a freedom for all.  He gave us people who believed and persevered to establish our churches that we have today.  These fathers of faith made the sacrifice and gave of themselves to God to further establish his work in Fayetteville.  So here we are today.  Where did it all begin? 

Genesis 22     Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”   “Here I am,” he replied.  2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled 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. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”  6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”  “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 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. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”   “Here I am,” he replied.   12 “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.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a rama caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
A heritage is something somebody is born to.  It is riches of the past that have been handed down from one generation to the next.  The previous generation made gains in the world and when they were finished what is left over is passed on down to the next member of the family.  It can be property or money or possessions of other types.  But it can also be a way of living or a system of beliefs or a religion or a country that permits it’s people to establish their own life. 

Our Spiritual Heritage has been:   

  1. A knowledge of God’s Miraculous blessing from One who cares.  :  God blessed Abraham with a promise and a son.  God has blessed us with his one and only Son.  His only begotten who would willingly lay down his life for our sin.  He has blessed us with a country of people that placed their faith in the one true God. 

 

  1.  A God who gives a Time of Testing.  God tests us to prove us and improve us.  He gives the choice of what we believe and what we will do according to our belief.  He gives us his commands and directions and says to us will you believe and will you follow my word to you.  The choice is yours.  You are free to choose today in America.  What choices have you made?  Will you choose to obey as Abraham did? 
  1. A God who challenges us to believe or a Time of Faith:  Do you believe?  How much do you believe?  How far would you go with God?  Would you go to a place you have never been?  Would you be willing to give your only son as a sacrifice?  What sacrifices would you make? 

 

  1. A God who calls on us to make a sacrifice.  Will you put your money where your mouth is?  Or will you practice what you preach?  Abraham was willing to make the sacrifice for God.  The sacrifice has to be made.  The sacrifice was made for us in our country.  The sacrifice was made for us in our churches today.  Who will make the sacrifice today?
  1. A God who provides for that which we can’t or A Time for Jehovah Jireh.  Do you believe that God gave his son for you?  Do you know that the sacrifice has been made for you? 

 

  1. A God who demonstrates his love for us and calls on us to love Him and others.  How did Abraham demonstrate his love for God and his love for his son?  By following the Lord’s command that which seemed like disaster became that which blessed him, his son, and his descendants.  How will we demonstrate our love for God? 
  1. A Time for passing it on  There is a time to leave it all behind.  What has been left for us.  What has been left for you?  What will you leave for those who come after you?  What choices have you made?  Will you make today?

a Many manuscripts of the Masoretic Text, Samaritan Pentateuch, Septuagint and Syriac; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text a ram behind him

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Ge 22:1-14.