Intro: This is one of the great mountain top passages of the Bible. In it, we find one of the clearest pictures of the coming sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary. It seems as though God used the life of Abraham as a canvas to pain a portrait of His Own heart as He willingly gave His Own darling Son to die for the sin of man. This is usually how we approach this passage. However, there is another dimension to this text.
I would like to look at this passage from Abraham's perspective. As I read the Bible, I am confronted with the truth that no other man was called upon to give so much. Yet, as Abraham's sacrifice to the Lord is offered, we do not see the heart of a devastated broken man. Instead, we see the heart of a worshiper! I believe there are lessons that we can learn from Abraham today.
As you and I pass through this life, there will be demands made on our lives by God. Often, these demands will call for personal and profound sacrifices on our part. From a human perspective, we may not want to participate in what God calls us to do. However, God's demand from your life and mine is total, absolute and unquestioning obedience to His perfect will. Even though we know this, there is still a part of us that wants to rebel against the command of God for our lives. Today, I would like for us to join Abraham as he climbs the lonelyMountain Of Absolute Surrender. There are steps we must take if we will climb that mountain. Let's join this great man of God on this mountain and see what it would take for us to be On The Mountain Of Absolute Surrender as well.
I. INVOLVES PERCEPTION (vv. 1-2)
We must be in a position to hear God.
A.This Demands A Relationship
Abraham came to know the Lord back in Genesis chapter 12.
He wasn't perfect, but he knew the Lord.
How about you?
Have you been saved?
If so, then no doubt your relationship has been rocky too.
Be that as it may, there is still a relationship.
If you have not been saved, you need to bow to His will and be saved!
That was the level of this man's commitment to the Lord!
And, that is the secret to arriving at the summit of the mountain of absolute surrender.
It's not about the altitude of the body, but it's all about the altitude of the heart!
Isaac had already been offered in Abraham's heart, the rest was mere window dressing!
Closing So, is everything you have and are totally, absolutely and completely surrendered to God? God isn't really interested in your Isaac's, it's you He wants! Does He have all of you there is to have?