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Genesis 22:1-14, The Test of Abraham
In the text today, God tested Abraham that was to sacrifice his son as a burnt offering. I guess it is one of the most powerful, profound, and disturbing stories in the entire Bible.
Why did God test Abraham? We know the answer. God wants to know whether Abraham fears God or not. In other words, whether he loves God more than anything else; whether his heart is toward God or not; whether he prioritises the will and desire of God first before anything else.
What was the Abraham’s response of God’s command to sacrifice of his son? We see his silent response to God’s command on test without any hesitation, doubt, and questions. See verse 9 & 10 his very straight forward preparation for the altar there was no hesitation to dedicate his son.
What happened next? See verse 11 and onward. As Abraham sacrifices of his son, Isaac as a burnt offering, God stopped him and provided a ram for a burnt offering instead of his son. Abraham showed his respect and love for God more than anything else (vs. 12). We can find his obedience in this story; he just not only took a journey with God but also went one step further by keeping his faith actively working for God, and showing an attitude of trusting and obeying Him.
Let us reflect on our relationship with God and how we experience of God’s providence for our life and ministry. It may recall many cases of his divine intervention and providence in a time of uncertainty, despair and in need, realising that every time we needed God he was there; he provided things I needed and prepared people for help and encouragement. Our life is a journey, the journey with God. God never made and make his people to be disappointed. As you may carry on hope and be patient to wait for God’s time and His divine intervention, you will experience ‘God will make a way’, Amen. IL-WOONG.
Church Council Nominations — 2018/1: Following the close of nominations on Sunday 21 October 2018 for the three (3) vacancies on the Church Council, two (2) people listed below have accepted nomination. The nominees, together with their terms, are:
Voting will commence today Sunday 11 November 2018 before and after Sunday Morning Church (SMC) and Sundays @ 5 and before and after SMC and Messy Church on Sunday 18 November 2018. Voting will conclude after the Mid-Week service on Wednesday 21 November 2018. Members are reminded that a nominee requires a majority of the total votes cast by those participating in the ballot to be elected to Council. The successful councillors will be announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday 25 November 2018 and their terms will commence on 1 January 2019.
DVD of the Week:
Superbook – Peter’s Escape. Chris and Gizmo give Joy a virtual tour of the world, but she is shocked by all the suffering she sees. How can one person make a difference? Superbook takes Chris, Joy and Gizmo to meet Peter, who is in prison for preaching the Gospel. See what Jesus’ followers do to help him, and learn how there is hope in every situation. Discover the amazing power of prayer and witness a miracle!