Last week we began this lesson. We reviewed the life of Abraham and his relationship with God. We learned how God chose Abraham and made a covenant with him and his seed and how God is faithful and true to his word. We saw his struggles as well as blessings. We learned that God gave Abraham and his wife Sarah a son in their old age, when Sarah was past child bearing years. His name was Isaac and God chose him to be the son of promise. Then we saw how God instructed Abraham to take Isaac and offer him for a burnt offering unto the Lord. Abraham trusts the Lord and takes Isaac as God has instructed. When Isaac asks Abraham his father where the sacrifice was, Abraham replies that God would provide himself a lamb.
Handout: God Will Provide Himself A Lamb (Part 2)
Just as Abraham trusted, God did provide. This week we will continue this lesson and further see just how God is faithful to his creation and how he loves us.
Genesis 17: 4. “As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.”
Notice the word covenant. It’s very important. It means an alliance, or treaty, an alliance between God and man. God had a big plan in mind. He made a covenant or alliance with Abraham and his seed. From the descendents of Abraham God would call out his chosen ones. From the descendents of Abraham and Isaac, God would restore the relationship and alliance that the first man Adam lost through disobedience.
Romans 5:17 “For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”
When God told Abraham to offer Isaac, the son of covenant, it was a symbol of things to come many generations later. God would provide himself a lamb then, and he would provide himself a lamb with the passing generations. Praise Him!
Galatians 3:8 “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.”
Going now to the first chapter in the book of Matthew, we see just how God is faithful and from Abraham came many. God was honoring his covenant with Abraham and was fulfilling his plan to provide for himself a lamb to bridge the gap between himself and his creation that had been created by sin.
Reading through it’s important to think of all these people and their lives. Think about how God used each one of them in his master plan. Each and every one of them was not an accident or mistake. Each was a part of fulfilling God’s plan. You are not just here by chance. God has a plan. Just as he was fulfilling his promise to bless all nations through Abraham’s seed through Christ, he will fulfill his plan for the lives of his children as well.
1. The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
3. And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
4. And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;
5. And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
6. And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
7. And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
8. And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
9. And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
10. And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;
11. And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
12. And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;
13. And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;
14. And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;
15. And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;
16. And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17. So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.
18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Just like He did during the time of Abraham, God was providing himself a Lamb.
John 1:29. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
The similarities between Abraham and Isaac, and God and Jesus are wonderful
1. Abraham was the Father of many nations. God is the Father of the many believers, the creator of the world.
The name Abraham means the Father of many or multitude.
Genesis 17: 3.And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 4. As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
Acts 8:32 “The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:”
Now we see the wonderful difference. Isaac was permitted to live; God provided himself a lamb for the offering in his place. However, Jesus died because he was the supreme sacrifice for the sins of the world. He died in our place. God in deed provided himself a lamb a beautiful, wonderful, pure lamb. All nations will be blessed because of the Lamb’s sacrifice. He died and arose again in glory! Now we can receive salvation by believing on the only begotten Son of God, The Lamb of God.
2 Corinthians 5:14. “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15. And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 16.Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 17. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
God is faithful. He keeps his word. Generations after Abraham died, still God was faithful to his promise and covenant with Abraham. Now, through Christ we have a way to escape condemnation and are able to have relationship with God. God provided himself a lamb in our place that could restore what was lost by sin. What a wonderful Father we have.
It’s wonderful to hear and read of how Christ died in our place and rose again to redeem us and to be the mediator between God and man. The Lamb will always be. This is not the end. Hallelujah the Lamb is forever. God has always and will continue to provide himself a Lamb. Praise HIM!!!
Revelation 5:12 “Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”
Revelation 7:17 “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them into living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
Revelation 22:1. “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb
Revelation 21: 21. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 22. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
Behold the Lamb of God. He is worthy to be praised. Praise HIM!
Reminder: Remember to love and serve others in the attitude of Christ this week and always.
Dear Righteous Heavenly Father,
We praise, worship, and thank you for who you are and for all that you do. We praise you for your love, mercy, grace. We thank you for your healing power in our bodies and minds. We thank you that you healed us from sin by providing Christ, The Lamb, in our place. Father, we thank you for Your Son Jesus. Father we ask you to remind us that with you all things are possible and that you will always provide, protect, and keep us. We thank you for watching over us and our loved ones yet another week. We ask you Father in the name of Jesus that you heal those that we know who are sick in body and mind. We ask that you just give them a special touch from your masterful hands. Save our lost loved ones and bring them unto yourself making satan release them from sin’s grip. Comfort us Father and help us to always be grateful and joyful for the things you bless us with daily. Father we will ever love you, praise you and honor you. In the precious name of wonderful, lovely Jesus we pray…AMEN.
April 10, 2016