Sabbath, January 9, 2016. Pastor Dorsey II. Sermon Title: What Is My Sacrifice? Supporting Scriptures: Luke 9: 23-24; Genesis 22:6-8. This is a three part discussion of the greatest sacrifice ever asked of a man.
We have to study this so we can find out how Abraham got to this point.
So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, Isaac turned to Abraham and said, Father? Yes my son? Abraham replied. We have the fire and the wood, the boy said, but where is the sheep for the burnt offering? God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son, Abraham answered. And they both walked on together. Genesis 22: 6-8 NLT
What Is My Sacrifice?
An act of offering to a deity something precious
The act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Romans 12:1 NLT
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to His name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13: 15, 16 NLT
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Psalm 51: 17 NLT
For some of us it is a sacrifice to do good, share and be nice. When our stuff is all wrong it can be anything little that upsets us. When we give ourselves to God first we don’t have to be mean. It takes work to be mean. The evil one will do anything to keep us bound. We need to let go and stop holding grudges.
What is My Sacrifice
You talk to God and God talks to you. You listen and respond. We need to stop running our mouth and listen. We listen to reply not to hear.
Abraham had communication with God.
Genesis 22:1,2 NLT
Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. Abraham! God called. Yes, he replied. Here I am.
God Speaking to Abraham
- Genesis 12:1-4 Leave all you know
- Genesis 13: 14-16 As far as your eye can see
- Genesis 15:1-5 Protect and will Bless
- Genesis 17:5 Changed His name from Exalted father (Abram) to Father of Many (Abraham)
- Genesis 18: 10-13 You will have a son through Sarah
- Genesis 21: 12,13 I will Protect Ishmael
Take your son, your only son, yes,. Isaac, whom you love so much and go to the land of Moriah.
Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.
We need to stop playing games when God tells us something.
- Without Blemish
- Drained of Blood
- Burned Completely on altar
What is My Sacrifice?
Communication, Clarity and Commitment
Are we committed to doing what God says after we hear Him? There are things we have to sacrifice. We are fasting and sacrificing things that we like so we can communicate with God
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sacrificing Your Son for us so we could be redeemed. Help us get what it cost You to provide salvation for us. You gave everything and we are having a difficult time giving up food and other things to make time to talk and listen to You. Please forgive us and help us overcome our appetites and bad habits and meanness. Abraham was faithful and was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to you of his son. Please give us a desire to get to know You so we can communicate with clarity and commitment. Give us persistence with the Bible reading plan we fast and pray. We pray, praise and thank You. In Jesus name Amen.