Review Principle #1: God is God and We’re Not Principle #2: God’s Transcendence “If every person on earth was to become an atheist, it would not affect God in any way. The belief or disbelief of the human race cannot change the reality of who God is. To believe in Him adds nothing to his perfection; to doubt Him takes nothing away.” A. W. Tozer – “The Knowledge of the Holy”
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies Why would God ask a father to sacrifice his own son? Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Genesis 22:2 “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love.”
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies Somehow Abraham looked beyond the immediate circumstance and found faith to believe Genesis 22:5 “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you” Hebrews 11:19 “Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.”
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies Abraham represents God the Father The wood represents the Cross Isaac represents Jesus Christ Genesis 22:8 “Father, I see the wood and the fire, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?” With an even greater flash of insight, Abraham replied, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.”
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies “The Lord will provide” Genesis 22:12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy. Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Jehovah Jireh - יְהֹוָה יִרְאֶה “to see” or “to provide” The real hero of the story isn’t Abraham, the real hero is God
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies First Thought Blood, Death, Sacrifice “without spot or blemish” Micah 6:6-7 “With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil?” Hebrews 10:8 “‘Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them’– though they were offered in accordance with the law.”
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies Second Thought The New Testament Fulfilment First... Jesus is God’s lamb sent from heaven to earth John 1:29 “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Second... Jesus is God’s lamb offered for our sins Third... Jesus is God’s lamb who rolls away the sins of the world
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies Third Thought An Eternal Truth There is something in God that causes Him to provide whatever we need to meet his righteous demands. Grace The whole gospel in three simple statements: God said... “Do this” We said... “We can’t” God said... “Alright I’ll do it for you”
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies Third Thought An Eternal Truth God demanded perfection God demanded payment for sin God demanded righteousness God demanded a scapegoat God demanded a bloody sacrifice for sin Blood, Death, Sacrifice
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies Third Thought An Eternal Truth God’s love sent us His Son God says: “You must” We said: “We can’t” God said: “I will” John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies Third Thought An Eternal Truth God’s love sent us His Son God knew we were dead in our sins so He sent Christ to give us life. God knew we were His enemies so He sent Christ to make us His friends. God knew we were like orphans so He sent Christ to bring us into his family. God knew we had no hope so He sent Christ to give us a home in heaven. God knew we were enslaved in sin so He sent Christ to set us free. God knew we were afraid to die so He sent Christ to die and then raised him from the dead. God knew we had nothing so He gave us all things in Christ.
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies Third Thought An Eternal Truth God’s love sent us His Son Not all the blood of beasts On Jewish altars slain Could give the guilty conscience peace Or wash away the stain. But Christ, the heav’nly Lamb, Takes all our sins away; A sacrifice of nobler name And richer blood than they. – Isaac Watts Micah 7:18 “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.”
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies Third Thought An Eternal Truth Do verses Done Christianity is based on grace Application #1 If God has provided all that we need, then we must reach out and receive what He offers Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Psalm 34:8 “...taste and see that the LORD is good.” Isaiah 1:18 “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’”
#3 What God Requires, He Supplies Third Thought An Eternal Truth Do verses Done Christianity is based on grace Application #2 If we have experienced God’s free grace, we ought to respond with profound gratitude An Attitude of Gratitude
Prayer of Salvation Heavenly Father, save me from my sins. I believe that Jesus died and shed His blood for me and He rose again so I could live for You. Fill me with your Holy Spirit so I can serve you with all of my heart, fully devoted to you. Thank you for new life; and tonight I give You my life In Jesus' name I pray.