August 13, 2008

Prophetic Word 03.30.2008

Posted in prophecy at 6:24 pm by Sarah Bosse

The Lord does indeed give and take away. And in both cases, He is to be blessed. In Genesis 15, God promises Abraham an heir and a legacy of descendants more numerous than the stars. And when Abraham is 100 years old and Sarah 90, the Lord fulfills His promise in part when Isaac is born. The Lord gives generously. If there was any blessing that could have been idolized most easily, it surely was this son of promise.

The Lord also takes away. The Lord told Abraham, “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” (Gen 22:2). Abraham makes no delay – the Lord has made His directions clear. How God would keep His promise despite the death of Isaac was a mystery. Yet Abraham believed God’s promise, put his hopes in God as his Provider, and said to those traveling with him, “I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you” (v5).

The Lord declares, “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 in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice” (22:16-18).

The Lord takes away so that we might be purified, He might be glorified, and He might bless us more fully with faith, hope, and security in our Eternal God.

Weeping may endure for a night as our dross is removed, but joy comes in the morning. As the sun daily rises to testify to God’s faithfulness, so has the Son of God, once slain, risen victorious. In an act of worship, set your idolatrous hopes on the altar – the Lord would take them away in the form of a burnt offering to the Father of true hope. And after your false hopes have been consumed, your hope shall rise again, as hope founded in Christ and Christ alone!

TGG

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