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Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm 13
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42

Genesis contains a dozen chapters of stories about Abraham.  The Jewish Oral Tradition contain additional stories, enough to fill a small book.

There is a reason.

There are important stories of people who responded to God before Abraham.  But Abraham is the beginning of a nation that will respond to God.  We find the Messiah in Abel, Noah, Lot, and many others, but we find the nation in Abraham.

We also find in Abraham the ultimate image of God’s redeeming power in the world.  God spoke to Abraham and 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.  Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey.

God looked for one man who would do what God himself was willing to do, give his Son as a sacrifice.  Abraham loaded his donkey.  No complaints.  No negotiating.  No asking why.  Abraham loaded his donkey

His absolute faith in God is beyond what most of us can achieve.  He could have cried as did David:

How long, Adonai?
Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I keep asking myself what to do,
with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long must my enemy dominate me?

But Abraham loaded his donkey.

We cannot be satisfied with being a partial Christian, doing God’s work when it fits our schedules.  We must take Paul’s words to heart:   That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.

Abram was a full time follower of God; he loaded his donkey.

Jesus said:  This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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