And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you." Genesis 22:5 (NKJV)
The first time that the word "worship" shows up in Scripture is here in Genesis 22:5. What I find amazing is that it comes in the context of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.
Understand that Abraham had cried out and pleaded to God for a son for decades. It was when Abraham was 100 years old that Isaac was finally born to him! If there was anything near and dear to a man's heart, it was Abraham's affection for his long-awaited and much-beloved son. And yet, God calls Abraham to offer him up as a sacrifice, which is exactly what Abraham set out to do.
Notice how the Bible describes Abraham's attitude at this point; it says that he went forward with an attitude of worship. This is amazing because at this point Abraham doesn't know how the story ends. He doesn't know that the angel of the Lord will come at the last minute and tell him to put down his knife. It is in this moment of the unknown that Abraham makes the decision to worship His God.
This shows us something very powerful about worship. It shows us that worship can happen (and even thrive) during those unknown and scary moments in our lives. We can still worship, even when we don't know how the story ends. And it's in these times of worship that we hear God's divine direction and guidance.
But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!...Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me." (Genesis 22:11-12 NKJV)
Senior Pastor, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
Think about it…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?
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