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Desperate Times... Desperate Times...

                                                Desperate Times for Desperate Godly Measures!

 

Genesis 22: 1-14

 

 1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

 2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

 3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

 4Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

 5And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

 6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

 7And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

 8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

 9And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

 10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

 11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

 12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

 14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

 

DESPERATION: 1: loss of hope and surrender to despair. 2: a state of hopelessness leading to rashness

It’s been said that desperation comes about after going through crises.

CRISIS: a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.

You are no  in a crisis until you must make a _____________________________________________

 The spiritual experience of Abraham was marked by four great crises, each of which involved a surrender of something most dear to him.

  1. Family Test- He left love ones and stepped out by faith to a land that God would show him: Genesis 12:1 Passed
  2. Famine Test- Doubted God and went to Egypt for help: Failed
  3. Fellowship Test-Gave Lot first choice in using the pasture: Genesis 13:1  Passed
  4. Fight Test- He defeated the Kings: Passed
  5. Fortune Test- Said “NO” to Sodomns Wealth: Failed
  6. Fatherhood Test- Sarah God impatient with God and suggested that Abraham have a baby with Haggar: Failed
  7. Fairwell Test- He had to send Ishmael away: Genesis 17:17-18 Passed
  8. Isaac:

 

 

Introduction:

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