gods call to come up higher genesis 22

The series from Genesis continues                    

Verse two records the call of Abraham to take his only son whom Abraham loves and go to the region of Moriah, which we learn in the following verses is about three days journey away. When one goes in the Hebrew we find that the call is expressed in the language of a request as the words used indicate a softness and close intimate call.  Today we would say, ‘I would like you Abraham to take your only son and go the region of Moriah.’

What can we learn from this?

1/ God never makes urgent demands of us as he always gives us a way out to decline.  I call this a freedom of choice which I believe is a result of being made in the image of God.  Other Biblical scholars may call this ‘mans free will’ and decry its use and understanding as non-biblical.  Hence Abraham is not commanded to go on this journey.  This call reminds me of Abraham’s first call to leave his country, his people and his father’s household.

2/ Gods voice never comes across as shrill and raised.  Rather the Holy Spirit speaks into our spirit as a still small voice that gently permeates our spirit and registrars into our mind as a beautiful word of peace and grace. 

Verse two continues to explain the reason to go to the region of Moriah and with the comment that God will show him the mountain to go to.

What can we learn from this?

1/ When God speaks of calling us out on a journey it is always one step at a time.  God purposefully never declares his full hand at one sitting.  We would rather have the full story and often as we do not we spiritually sulk and whine to God about how unfair his vision is.  One step at a time is for us to learn to lean on the arm of our Father and trust that he knows best.  In this way the Holy Spirit develops our trust and faith and the gold of our personal relationship with our Father is cemented.

Verse three finds Abraham rising early in the morning and preparing for his journey.

What can we learn from this?

1/Abraham obeyed instantly without any questions particularly the whining question of Why.  Often it is wise when God calls us up higher to climb his mountain to not confer with flesh and blood.  Notice up to this point he has not discussed this call of God with Sarah, Isaac or any of his household.  Nor did he allow his own sympathies and insight to water down Gods vision to his understanding.  Get up and go as Abraham did and wash your hands of any consequences for God will provide.  If God has called you to of cup of bitterness drink it in communion with His Son.  If your cup is sweet drink it with grace and the humility of Christ.

Verse four tells us that on the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.

What can we learn from this?

1/ That on any journey being led by the Holy Spirit our eyes must always be ‘heaven-ward.’  This does two things.  It strengthens the muscles in our eyes to discern the things of God and the Devil.  Secondly it keeps our neck strong so that we can bear one another’s burdens in love, while bearing the yoke of Christ.

The number three is significant for in God’s word three has the connotation I believe of a period of isolation.  We can almost feel and ‘smell’ the tension as Abraham has only his swirling thoughts for company.  No that’s not completely true, for he has Isaac; but what to say to him – best say nothing.  Hence the loneliness and isolation builds as they journey and ascend the mountain.

2/ God is never in a hurry.  We are the ones who want it now – this instance otherwise we can lose interest and doubt begins to gnaw in our mind. God has his times and seasons.  Wanting God’s blessing now to my mind is a form of Lust.  Wait I say wait on the Lord is a good word.

Mount Moriah has huge significance for Bible students for it is in this very mount that David builds an alter, Solomon builds the temple.  Years later the temple was rebuild on this mount.  But Abraham knew nothing of this, but somehow he sensed that this was the place for the ultimate sacrifice.  We are not told by the narrator how he knew but the name Moriah means ‘ordained by the Lord.’

What can we learn from this?

1/ God chooses the place of sacrifice, we do not.  We need to be careful that we do not camp down in the place of our choosing and wait for God to come to us.  No we need to keep going one step at time until God indicates this is the place.

2/ How did Abraham sense this was the place?  Those who walk arm in arm with God know for their spirits are tuned to the Holy Spirit and they know the voice of their shepherd.

 

It seems that the Holy Spirit will not allow me to leave this narrative.  Hence I feel it is my duty to God and to you the reader to finish this story recorded in Geneses 22.

John B. Abela @abelajohnb ·

...added this to my 'save list'... need to chew on it a bit more...

K Reynolds @kreynolds ·

I finally was able to sit down and read this and I am glad I did.

First, I like how you phrased it, "freedom of choice" because I think that describes it better. Regardless of where one sits on the fence with this, it is clear throughout scripture that God has always given choices as to whether we willingly listen and obey Him. Willingly is the key word here, I believe and there are consequences whether we are willing or unwilling.

The full story. Oh how I have struggled with that over the years which is strange because I am actually pretty impulsive often wandering off on my own without little or any plan at all! Goals? What's that? LOL! I think for me it is more a case of impatience. I want to know the end of the story rather than learn from the journey.

Choosing the place of sacrifice. Oh how I did NOT want to set up camp where God told me to set up camp nine years ago. I kicked, howled and screamed quite literally and I was mad. I was was absolutely furious and demanded that God choose another place immediately! God made it quite clear that my only "choice" in the matter was to camp here in His presence or sulk in a dark corner but I was not going anywhere. Looking back, I am actually very thankful for that place for I learned a great deal while I was there. We always do.

Deepa N @deepaanne ·

Nice blog. Thank u.