Hello, my name is ___
16/07/2023 - Matthew Destry
Names in the Bible are significant, and not static.
But the significance of these names goes beyond their literal meanings. They embody theological and relational aspects of God’s character, revealing His attributes, roles, and interactions with humanity.
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Ge 12:1–4.
Background – 2000BC — A society that is poly-theistic (many gods), agrarian (semi-nomadic farming) and tribal (regional rulers, communities and languages not yet ordered by ‘States’)
In order to ‘know’, Abraham has to ‘go’
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” Ge 22:1–2.
There are some parts of the Bible that are not for children
Abraham is called to ‘go’ again
The first mention of love in the Bible
Prescriptive or descriptive?
Why didn’t Abraham protest?
A test or a temptation?
So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. Ge 22:3–8.
A slip of the tongue?
“Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.”
“God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.”
a/ Abraham knew it was a test
b/ Abraham expected some kind of substitution
c/ Abraham expected a resurrection (see Hebrews 11:9)
d/ Abraham was being evasive and ‘economical’ with the truth
When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” Ge 22:9–14.
The great substitution
1/ Obedience is the gateway to further revelation
What has been left undone by you? What is God calling you to obey Him on that you’re most afraid of?
2/ You won’t know God as your provider until He’s all you have
Do you desire to know God in a deeper way? Where do you need Him to provide for you? Is it because you’ve surrendered all in faith, or are you just being greedy?
3/ Love God more than His promises
Can you trust Him even if the outcome doesn’t work out how you would like? Will you believe even when all falls away?
Epilogue: A storied mountain