Hebrews 11:17 – By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac; and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.
Hebrews 11:19 – Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure
1. When Abraham was tried he offered. The way to endure suffering successfully is to turn your focus from what you are going through and instead offer to others.
2. This great act of worship wasn’t in the receiving of Isaac but in the giving of Isaac. Abraham could worship during times of painful subtraction, not just when God was blessing him with gifts.
3. Notice that Abraham was accounting that God was able. The verse prior states that he had received promises. Plural. Accounting is a mathematical term implying that Abraham had his mental calculator out and was clicking away on it.
He revealed Himself to me in Ur – click. God protected me in Egypt – click. God has given me visions and dreams – click. God has continued to progressively reveal Himself to me – click. He gave me a miracle child at the age of 100 – click. If God has done all that, He will most certainly be able to this.
It adds up!
When in a moment of crisis, revisit the promises you have received, calculate them all together, and it will add up to this fact, God is indeed able to give you a blessing right now.
If you don’t have the faith to go forward, look backward at what He already has done in your life.
4. Abraham had no reason to believe that God would raise Isaac from the dead, for nobody had yet been raised from the dead in scripture. Sometimes God is looking for that radical somebody to believe that God will do for you what has never been done before.
5. When you give to God you are opening up yourself to receive in two realms. Abraham received his son back in the physical. Physical blessings such as money, gifts, raises, and material blessings, are loosed when you give. But also, Abraham received Isaac back in a figure.
There was a spiritual understanding he gained on that mountain that was amazing. On that mountain he saw into the future, when there would be a perfect son that would carry the weight of the world on His shoulders, and be sacrificed for the sins of the world. When we give, we also receive spiritual blessings that are priceless.