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Message & Sermon Notes

Triumph in Testing
Hebrews 11:17-19
Pastor Jason Carlson

Hebrews 11:17-19
Genesis 22:1-14

In Abraham’s triumph in testing we see:

  1. An unimaginable command (Gen. 22:1-2)

Genesis 22:1-2
Deuteronomy 6:5

  1. An unyielding faith (Gen. 22:3-10)

Genesis 22:3-10

Three keys to triumph in any test:

1) Recall God’s victories
2) Engage in Worship
3) Trust God’s promises

Hebrews 11:17-19
Hebrews 11:1
James 2:14, 21-23

  1. An unbroken promise (Gen. 22:11-14)

Genesis 22:11-14
Genesis 22:15-18

“The Lord will provide” = Jehovah Jireh

Psalm 37:5

  1. An unbelievable gift (John 3:16)

John 3:16

Pictures of Christ in Genesis 22:

1) Abraham was called to sacrifice his only son, whom he loved
– Jesus was God’s only beloved Son
“he gave his only Son” (Jn. 3:16)
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Mt. 3:17)

2) Abraham’s son rode to his place of sacrifice on a donkey
– Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey
“Behold, your King is coming to you… riding on a donkey (Zech. 9:9)
“as he road along , they spread their cloaks on the road (Lk. 19:36)

3) It took 3 days for Isaac to experience his “resurrection”
– Jesus rose to life on the third day
“he will be raised on the third day” (Mt. 17:23)
“he was raised on the third day” (1 Cor. 15:4)

4) Isaac was offered as a sacrifice on Mt. Moriah
– Jesus was offered as a sacrifice on Mt. Zion
“(they) delivered him over to Pilate the governor” (Mt. 27:2)

5) Isaac was bound
– Jesus was bound
“(they) arrested Jesus and bound him” (Jn. 18:12)

6) Isaac bore the wood for the sacrifice
– Jesus bore the wood of the cross
“he went out, bearing his own cross” (Jn 19:17)

7) Isaac was submissive to his father
– Jesus was submissive to his Father
“not my will, but yours, be done” (Lk 22:42)

8) Abraham said, “God will provide the lamb”
– Jesus was the Lamb God provided for us
“Behold, the Lamb of God…” (Jn. 1:29)

9) The ram was caught in a thicket by its horns
– Jesus wore a crown of thorns on his head
“a crown of thorns, they put it on his head” (Mt. 27:29)

10) Abraham said, “(We) will come again to you”
– Jesus promised he would come again
“I will come again” (Jn. 14:3)

John 3:16-18

Sermon Discussion Questions

Question for reflection:

  1. What has been the greatest test of faith in your life? How did you respond? How have you seen God act?
  2. What lessons can we learn from Abraham’s great test of faith?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why does God test our faith? How can this understanding shape our response to times of testing?
  2. What were the keys to Abraham’s triumph in his great test of faith?
  3. How did God prove himself faithful to Abraham? How has he proven himself faithful in your life?

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