01/08/20: Genesis 22-24; Matthew 6:19-34
When you consider all of the wealth Abraham had been blessed to possess what do you think his greatest possession may have been? How about his son, Isaac, through whom the Lord would fulfill His promise of making a “great nation” through Abraham?
Now consider two passages, one in the Old Testament and one in the New:
Matthew: 6: 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Genesis 22: 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
Can you see the parallel point? The Lord was “testing” Abraham’s true dedication to Him by asking Abraham to take his “treasure” and trust him in the Lord. And when he did so Abraham demonstrated where his heart truly was — dedicated to the Lord.
Our prayers must reflect the same dedication to be trusting in the Lord.