God wants our whole heart, as Abraham learned in Genesis 22. Here we see the foretelling of Calvary with one major difference. There was a rescue for Isaac, but not one for Jesus. Jesus went the whole way, laying down His life for sinners like you and me. Let's consider this profound truth together in the last episode in our series on the life of Abraham.
Looking again at the pivotal moment of Abraham's great testing, we examine the depth of Abraham's trust and the symbolic significance of his unknowingly prophetic words, that God himself would provide the lamb for sacrifice. Where have you placed your trust today?
Today we examine the great testing of Abraham's faith in Genesis 22. This seemingly unthinkable story from the life of Abraham reveals the merciful heart of God and offers a veiled glimpse of the promised future salvation—a redeeming sacrifice.
In today's episode of "5 Minutes with Pastor Lutzer" we look again at Abraham's nephew, Lot. We glean from the Apostle Peter's commentary on Lot's experience and we learn that when we turn our hearts from God, "we do not stop loving, we merely go on to love other things."
Today we take a hard look at the downward spiral of repercussions Lot had to face for his selfish choices. We must heed the warning and ask ourselves, "Am I making choices that will compromise my witness down the road?" Sin always brings greater loss than we bargain for.
How do we continue to trust God when His will is in opposition to our dearly held desires and expectations? Abraham was faced with exactly this question when he pleaded with God on behalf of the city of Sodom.
Time passes after Abraham's encounter with God and doubts arise in his heart. When pressures mount he decides to take matters into his own hands. The consequences of his decision are still felt today but God offers hope and restoration.
In the midst of his fears of retaliation from his enemies and the uncertainty of his future, Abraham again has an encounter with the living God whose promises are abundant beyond measure. Abraham must simply take God at His word and he is counted as righteous.
In this episode we examine our own priorities as we look closely at the choices Abraham and Lot make on their way back to Jerusalem. Do we choose to align with Jesus, the "King of Righteousness and King of Peace," or the temporary kings of this world?
After rescuing his captured nephew, Abraham encounters two kings: the king of Sodom and the king of Salem. He refuses to take anything from Bera, but he gives a tenth of all that was his to Melchizedek. Abraham knew that only God deserves glory.