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December 8, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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God Will Provide

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  • of how God is using this ministry.
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  • We recently heard from Derek, who found "The Winning Walk"
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  • daily devotional so inspiring that he started sharing it
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  • with his family and friends, and now consistently shares
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  • God's Word with a dozen people.
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  • That's what "The Winning Walk" is all about.
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  • It's only possible thanks to the generosity of people just
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  • like you.
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  • So today, I want to ask for your help to keep God's Word going
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  • out into more and more lives, like yours, like Derek's,
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  • and like those he's reaching.
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  • Right now, we've been presented with a $75.000 challenge grant.
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  • In other words, every dollar we give, it is matched.
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  • Therefore, you're giving, my giving, will be twice
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  • as powerful.
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  • Our end of the year goal is to reach $300.000.
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  • We can do it if we all step up to the line and say, "I want
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  • God's Word to go out."
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  • People like Derek, his friends, and family will be able to hear
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  • the truth about Jesus Christ changes every life.
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  • And that means more lives equipped for, you would guess
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  • it, a winning walk with Jesus Christ.
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  • So as we close out this year, please consider how you will
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  • give generously to this ministry.
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  • Every penny is used only for airtime.
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  • Thank you for standing with us.
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  • Ed Young: The theme of this Scripture is Jehovah-jireh,
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  • God will provide.
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  • So, when I say Jehovah-jireh in the service, you
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  • will answer--
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  • congregation: God will provide.
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  • Ed Young: Jehovah-jireh.
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  • "Now it came to pass after these things."
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  • After these things is where we begin as we ascend Mount Mariah.
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  • In 1953, May the 28th,
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  • 11:30 a.m., Sir Edmund Hillary
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  • ascended to the top of the world.
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  • He climbed the top of Mount Everest after an almost
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  • impossible climb up with his friend, his guide.
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  • Ice, storm, cold, rain, lack of oxygen, fatigue, slides.
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  • Sheer effort, he reached the top, the top of the world,
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  • 29.002 feet.
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  • No human being will ever climb higher than that.
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  • That's the apex.
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  • That's the highest that anyone will ever climb.
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  • Unless you would climb the mountain we're going
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  • up today, Mount Moriah.
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  • And we have two men, Abraham and Isaac, Isaac meaning
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  • laughter, climbing that mountain.
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  • And spiritually, Moriah is the highest mountain you can
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  • ascend in the Old Testament.
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  • In fact, you move to the New Testament, it is on the same
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  • Mount Moriah you found Mount Calvary, and that's the highest
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  • mountain anytime, anywhere, any place.
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  • Same mountain.
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  • Perhaps the same place.
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  • Jehovah-jireh.
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  • Jehovah-jireh.
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  • So we look at Genesis 22, verse 1 says, "Now it came to pass
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  • after these things that God tested Abraham and said to him,
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  • 'Abraham!'
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  • And he said, 'Here am I.'
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  • After these things--" What are these things?
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  • We read the Chronological Bible beginning in chapter 12, all
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  • the way through to chapter 22.
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  • That's the life of Abraham, and what a life.
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  • Here he was at Ur of the Chaldees
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  • between the Tigris and Euphrates River.
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  • A decadent place, a godless place, a pagan place.
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  • And God called Abraham to come out of Ur, and to go
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  • to the promised land, and to build a nation, a people.
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  • And you read in Hebrews chapter 11, he said Abraham was to find
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  • a city and to build a city who has foundations, whose builder
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  • and maker is God.
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  • Foundations.
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  • And that was a quest.
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  • That was the faith of Abraham.
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  • He left everything he'd known.
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  • He left all the history, everything behind him, and he
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  • climbed that mountain.
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  • He went there all the way to a promised land.
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  • And we read about it.
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  • Abraham was known as a friend of God.
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • You can't do better than that.
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  • Who's your buddy? God.
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  • Who's your best friend? God.
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  • And he's known that all the way through the Bible.
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  • And we see he got to the promised land with his
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  • nephew, Lot.
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  • And you read Lot, notice this.
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  • Lot pitched his tent and then he built his altar.
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  • Abraham always built his altar and then he pitched his tent.
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  • We operate like that.
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  • We get our things together, then, "Oh, yes, we're going
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  • to worship."
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  • Or we start off and say, "I'm going to worship," and then
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  • out of worship, "I'm going to get all my stuff together."
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  • Built an altar, pitched his tent.
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  • That was Abram, and what a life he lived.
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  • God blessed him.
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  • He was prosperous.
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  • Man, he fought battles to rescue his nephew, Lot, and he went
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  • into Sodom and Gomorrah, and he tried to negotiate with God
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  • and be the mediator so the judgment would not come
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  • down upon those decadent, godless people.
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  • What a guy, quite a man.
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  • And the angel spoke to him earlier and said, "Abram, you're
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  • going to be the father of a great nation."
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  • And his name then was called Abram, which means big time
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  • father, foremost father.
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  • The angel said, We don't call you that anymore.
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  • By the way, people meet Abram and said, "Man, you're called
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  • foremost father.
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  • How many children do you have?"
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  • He said, "Not a one."
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  • Oh.
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  • Then the angel said, "We're gonna name you Abraham, which
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  • means father of multitudes, father of many."
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  • And he said, "Well, what's your name?"
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  • "Abraham."
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  • "How many children you have, you father of multitudes?"
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  • "I don't have a one."
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  • So, they'd see him coming.
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  • "There's Abraham.
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  • He calls himself the father of many.
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  • He doesn't even have a single offspring.
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  • What a goose.
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  • What a joke."
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  • But Abraham believed God.
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  • But the last time God told him and said, "Abraham, father
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  • of many, you're gonna have that promised son and he's going
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  • to redeem the world.
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  • He's gonna build a peculiar people who love me and
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  • follow me.
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  • He is going to be the progenitor of a whole new congregation
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  • of God-fearing people that'll go all the way through eternity."
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  • And Abraham said, "You know," as he talked with angel, "it's
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  • getting a little late.
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  • I'm 100 years old.
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  • My wife is 90.
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  • I mean, you know, it's a little late for this.
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  • I don't know what you're talking about, but by faith I'm gonna--
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  • you know, I believe ya."
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  • And Abraham laughed.
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  • Don't know what that laugh was.
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  • Later on, another angel reaffirmed that promise,
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  • and Sarah, behind the curtains, his wife, she laughed.
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  • She said, "I'm 90 years old.
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  • I'm going to have a baby?
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  • He's 100.
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  • My goodness, we--whoo, no, no, no, no."
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  • She laughed.
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  • But guess what?
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  • Sarah got pregnant and then a baby was born.
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  • And they named him what?
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  • Laughter.
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  • That's what Isaac means.
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  • So they had a little laughter and they were thrilled.
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  • Unbelievable.
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  • Laughter.
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  • Now the son of promise.
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  • Now it is through him the Messiah would come.
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  • What a promise.
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  • And then we see that he was tested.
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  • Fortissimo.
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  • These musicians know that word.
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  • It's a musical word.
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  • That's what the word "tested" means there in the Greek,
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  • fortissimo.
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  • It means with passion.
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  • It means with, voom.
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  • Man, all the way, it was a test that was severe, overwhelming.
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  • Fortissimo, passionate test.
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  • The passion that Clay Walker has when he sings, right?
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  • Fortissimo, that's it.
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  • And he was tested.
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  • It's important that we know this.
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  • And that's what the first verse tells us.
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  • God says, "Abraham!"
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  • and Abraham answered and said, "Lord, I'm right here."
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  • And then we see the test that happens and it begins
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  • with a conflict.
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  • Look at verse 2.
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  • Then God said, "Take now your son, your only son Laughter,
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  • whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer
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  • him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which
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  • I shall tell you."
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  • Offer Laughter as a burnt offering?
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  • And a burnt offering, ladies and gentlemen, they would take
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  • all of the animal, all of the animal, and put it
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  • totally on the altar, and let the fire consume it completely.
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  • That was a burnt offering.
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  • And that's what God asked Abraham to do.
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  • Unbelievable, isn't it?
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  • Go take Laughter, the promised one.
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  • And then we have, follow me carefully, a conflict,
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  • a conflict between the promise of God, "Laughter is going
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  • to bring all the truth of God, the revelation of God,
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  • with a new kind of people," and now we have a command that
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  • says, "Take laughter and put him on the altar as
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  • a burnt offering."
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  • So here's God's promise and God's command, and they're
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  • in conflict with one another.
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  • How's this gonna happen?
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  • Jehovah-jireh.
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  • Jehovah-jireh.
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  • Elisabeth Elliot was visiting in Northern Ireland and she
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  • visited a sheep farm or ranch.
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  • And she saw there the shepherd was taking the sheep and putting
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  • them in vats, vats that were held with all kind of medicinal
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  • oils to rid the sheep of parasites and other things.
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  • And she watched a shepherd take the sheep, and put them
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  • in the vat, and put them down, and they'd come up, and he'd put
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  • them down again.
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  • And she said, "I wonder what that sheep thought.
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  • Here's my shepherd now tryin' to kill me."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, sometimes what we may interpret that God
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  • is trying to kill us, he's really trying to save us.
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  • So here we have a conflict between the promise of God
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  • and the command of God.
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  • How does this work?
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  • How does this happen?
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  • I've gone to the Lord many times.
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  • You have too, and you have thanked him for when he said yes
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  • to us.
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  • "Lord, I pray that this will happen," and he said yes.
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  • "Lord, I ask that you would guide me," and he said yes.
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  • We thank him when we petition to him and he says yes.
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  • But how many times have we thanked him when we petitioned
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  • him when he said no?
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  • If Keith, when he proposed to that girl and she turned him
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  • down, what if they had gotten married?
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  • Thank God that God said, "No, this isn't the one."
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  • Most of us could have that testimony.
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  • We've gone to the Lord and said, "God, you know, I know this is
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  • your will.
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  • I pray believing that you do this," and God said no.
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  • And I don't understand those big no's in my life.
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  • You don't understand it either.
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  • But one day when we get to heaven, we'll look back
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  • and we'll understand when God said no and we'll thank him
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  • for that no.
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  • When he says yes, it's easy to thank him, but it is the no's
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  • that gets us.
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  • Let me tell you something, folks.
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  • There's nowhere in the Bible that says that we're to be
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  • healthy, wealthy, wise, prosperous, and live long lives.
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  • If you'll find that passage, would you bring it and show it
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  • to me after service?
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  • You can't find it because it's not there.
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  • God is in control of life.
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  • Some are brief, some are long, some are tragic, some are full.
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  • You see, our purpose is to glorify the Lord and we do
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  • that by seeking him and understanding one thing,
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  • Jehovah-jireh.
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  • So we have the test, severe test.
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  • Take your boy, climb that mountain, make him a burnt
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  • offering.
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  • And then we have the obedience.
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  • This is stunning to me.
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  • God gives this breathtaking command, and look at the next
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  • verse here.
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  • "Abraham rose up early in the morning."
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  • Man, the next day.
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  • "Saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him,
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  • and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering,
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  • and arose and went to the place of which God had told him."
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  • By the way, after one of our services, Clay asked me, "Why
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  • did they cut the wood right at the beginning of their trip
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  • and Laughter had to carry, 18 years old probably, all that
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  • wood on his back all the way up to Moriah, a three day
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  • journey?"
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  • And I said, "You know, I've never known--"
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  • then I knew exactly why.
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  • This is a shadow of Jesus carrying his wood up that same
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  • cross as he died for you and me.
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  • As the Father offered him a burnt offering, a living
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  • sacrifice on that altar for your sin and for my sin.
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  • They went up the mountain, and then notice this.
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  • This verse is so very interesting.
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  • "Then on the third day," verse four, "Abraham lifted his eyes
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  • and saw the place far off.
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  • And Abraham said to his young men--" two went with him beside
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  • his son.
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  • "And Abraham said to his young men, 'Stay here with the donkey;
  • 00:16:05.200 --> 00:16:08.210
  • and the Lad and I, we will go yonder and worship, we will
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  • worship,"' and look at this, "we will come back to you.
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  • We will go, Laughter and I, we will worship, Laughter and I,
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  • and we will come back to you."
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  • But the command was to take Isaac and make him--and burn
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  • him up and make him up a burnt offering.
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  • What's goin' on here?
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  • You got a conflict here.
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  • How does it work?
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  • I sing a little chorus to myself usually.
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  • It goes like, "Are there any valleys that seem to be
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  • uncrossable?
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  • Are there any mountains you cannot tunnel through?
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  • No, God specializes on things that seem impossible.
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  • He knows a thousand ways to make a way for you."
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  • So we have this conflict.
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  • We will go, we will worship, will come back.
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  • We'll come back?
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  • Man, Isaac, Laughter, is to be a burnt offering on
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  • this mountain.
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  • Now, we understand that.
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  • We read it through with jaundiced eyes.
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  • Soren Kierkegaard wrote a little book called, "Fear
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  • and Trembling," and in this book, Kierkegaard says he
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  • doesn't get this story.
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  • He's saying it's a horrific story, a father asked to burn
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  • up his son.
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  • And he just says--boy, he talks about the obedience of Abraham,
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  • how exacting it was.
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  • And a lot of people stumble over this test, but it's because
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  • we don't understand it in the context of how Abraham
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  • saw it.
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  • Follow me.
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  • In that day, people didn't think individually.
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  • They thought in terms of family.
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  • And therefore, when the head of the family would die, he
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  • would leave most or all of his inheritance to the firstborn.
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  • Why?
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  • If he sorted it out to all the individuals, they had 4, 5,
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  • 6, 10, 12, 15 children, all the power in the family would be
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  • dissipated.
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  • But if they stayed together and the firstborn would control
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  • that family and be the progenitor there
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  • of the family, man, that gave them--that's the way it worked
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  • in the Middle East.
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  • And you read in the Bible, what were the Jews taught to do?
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  • What were all the other cultures taught to do?
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  • You give to God that which is first.
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  • The fruit would come in, they'd give firstfruits to God.
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  • The harvest, the grain would come in.
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  • They'd give the first part of the harvest to God.
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  • And look there, remember the plagues in Egypt?
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  • What was one of the plagues?
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  • A judgment on the Egyptians, "Your firstborn will be killed."
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  • Ooh, but the Israelites escaped that.
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  • How?
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  • Because a lamb was killed and a lamb became the substitute
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  • for the firstborn.
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  • And therefore, when Abraham heard the call to present
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  • Laughter, Isaac, as the firstborn, as a burnt
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  • offering, it wasn't like God said, "Abraham, I want you to go
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  • to the tent and kill Isaac, Laughter."
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  • He'd say, "No, that's not the voice of God.
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  • I had too many falafels last night."
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  • I mean, God wouldn't do that.
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  • "Abraham, I want you to go kill Sarah."
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  • No, God would never do that.
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  • But when he said, "Abraham, I want you to go offer Isaac, your
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  • firstborn, as an offering," he got that.
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  • He got that.
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  • He understood that.
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  • That's in the principle of the whole posture that we
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  • work through here.
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  • See, a totally different thing to--and by the way, Isaac,
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  • Laughter, got it as well.
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  • Look at the next passage.
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  • Oh, the passage of the lamb.
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  • "So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid
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  • it on Isaac, Laughter, his son; and he took the fire in his
  • 00:19:59.120 --> 00:20:04.020
  • hand, a knife, and the two of them went together.
  • 00:20:04.030 --> 00:20:09.230
  • And Laughter spoke to Abraham his father and said,
  • 00:20:09.240 --> 00:20:13.010
  • 'My father!'
  • 00:20:13.020 --> 00:20:14.110
  • He said, 'Here I am, my son.'
  • 00:20:14.120 --> 00:20:17.060
  • Then he said, 'Look, the fire and the wood, but where is
  • 00:20:17.070 --> 00:20:23.030
  • the lamb for the offering?'"
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  • Abraham answered, "I don't know. I don't know."
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  • But he said, "Jehovah-jireh."
  • 00:20:34.040 --> 00:20:38.130
  • Oh yeah, Jehovah-jireh.
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  • "I don't know where the offering is, and you're supposed to be
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  • the burnt offering," but he didn't know how this was going
  • 00:20:43.160 --> 00:20:46.020
  • to happen.
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  • "And he said, 'God will provide for him the lamb for
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  • a burnt offering.'
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  • So the two of them went together.
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  • Then they came to the place of which God had told him.
  • 00:20:53.000 --> 00:20:55.270
  • And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order;
  • 00:20:55.280 --> 00:21:00.100
  • and he bound Isaac his son," 18-year-old, 19-year-old son,
  • 00:21:00.110 --> 00:21:07.000
  • much stronger and more powerful than his dad without
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  • any question.
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  • Isaac knew he was the firstborn.
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  • He understood what was going on and not what exactly was
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  • going to take place.
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  • "And he bound Laughter his son and laid him on the altar,
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  • upon the wood.
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  • And Abraham stretched out his hand and took a knife
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  • to slay his son.
  • 00:21:25.000 --> 00:21:26.100
  • But the angel called to him from heaven and said,
  • 00:21:26.110 --> 00:21:28.090
  • 'Abraham, Abraham!'"
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  • And the Lord said, "I'm sure glad to hear from you.
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  • Here I am. Here I am."
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  • And then look what happens.
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  • "And God said, 'Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything
  • 00:21:40.000 --> 00:21:43.080
  • to him; for now I know that you fear God, there you have not
  • 00:21:43.090 --> 00:21:47.250
  • withheld your son, your only son, from me.'
  • 00:21:47.260 --> 00:21:49.290
  • And Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and behold there was
  • 00:21:50.000 --> 00:21:53.220
  • a ram caught in a thicket by the horns.
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  • So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up as
  • 00:21:56.120 --> 00:21:59.180
  • a burnt offering.
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  • And Abraham called the place Jehovah-jireh."
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  • You see what's going on?
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  • God knew the firstborn was to be given to him and he says,
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  • "Abraham, you've taken little Laughter and I want to make sure
  • 00:22:13.280 --> 00:22:19.240
  • he hasn't taken my place in your heart, he hasn't become an idol.
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  • He hasn't become what all your life revolves around this 18
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  • or 19 years you've had this son of promise.
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  • He is the firstborn.
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  • I want you to take firstborn and submit it to me as a
  • 00:22:34.160 --> 00:22:38.010
  • burnt offering."
  • 00:22:38.020 --> 00:22:39.110
  • And Abraham--God saw the willingness of Abraham
  • 00:22:39.120 --> 00:22:41.230
  • and then God knew that he was now first place and nothing was
  • 00:22:41.240 --> 00:22:46.020
  • ahead of him in the heart and the mind of Abraham.
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  • Beautiful thing.
  • 00:22:49.260 --> 00:22:53.290
  • George Jagger, you might remember the story,
  • 00:22:54.000 --> 00:22:59.150
  • tragic story.
  • 00:22:59.160 --> 00:23:00.270
  • George took his father and three sons out into the Atlantic
  • 00:23:00.280 --> 00:23:04.030
  • fishing and a storm came.
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  • Six foot waves.
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  • The water was filling in the boat and he had all
  • 00:23:07.270 --> 00:23:11.090
  • the Jagger boys put on their life jackets, tied them
  • 00:23:11.100 --> 00:23:16.090
  • together, went into the ocean.
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  • They fought the waves.
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  • They couldn't make it to shore.
  • 00:23:22.160 --> 00:23:24.010
  • The youngest son, Cliff, at the bottom, he finally said,
  • 00:23:24.020 --> 00:23:29.040
  • "I can't fight any longer.
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  • I'm going to Jesus."
  • 00:23:31.190 --> 00:23:34.090
  • And that father watched his youngest die, his next son, his
  • 00:23:34.100 --> 00:23:38.210
  • next son, and then his daddy died tied close to him.
  • 00:23:38.220 --> 00:23:42.240
  • Nine hours later, he swam to shore, never cutting loose
  • 00:23:42.250 --> 00:23:48.190
  • any of his family, though he knew they were dead.
  • 00:23:48.200 --> 00:23:53.090
  • George Jagger saw, as a dad, all his father die and his boys die.
  • 00:23:53.100 --> 00:24:01.110
  • And he saw them as they died, died with confidence because he
  • 00:24:01.120 --> 00:24:07.000
  • built into them Jesus.
  • 00:24:07.010 --> 00:24:11.210
  • Laughter got on that altar, why?
  • 00:24:11.220 --> 00:24:16.030
  • Because he'd been on that altar.
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  • He had been a worshiper.
  • 00:24:19.090 --> 00:24:22.070
  • He'd watched his dad worship.
  • 00:24:22.080 --> 00:24:24.090
  • He'd been many times with his dad.
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  • He knew he could be that offering.
  • 00:24:26.180 --> 00:24:29.040
  • He knew he was a miracle son.
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  • He knew if somehow he was killed that God would bring him back
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  • to life again.
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  • He didn't have any problem.
  • 00:24:36.000 --> 00:24:37.140
  • He was taught to climb and live his life on an altar.
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  • Parents, that's what we must build in our kids so when
  • 00:24:43.280 --> 00:24:50.160
  • the bottom of their lives falls out or the bottom of our lives
  • 00:24:50.170 --> 00:24:54.060
  • falls out, when we want God to say yes and he says no, they
  • 00:24:54.070 --> 00:24:59.150
  • will see that we have a firm foundation on Jesus Christ that
  • 00:24:59.160 --> 00:25:04.270
  • is beyond this life and beyond the suffering
  • 00:25:04.280 --> 00:25:08.020
  • of the day.
  • 00:25:08.030 --> 00:25:15.150
  • Two little principles.
  • 00:25:15.160 --> 00:25:21.290
  • That which you and I grip the tightest, that which we make
  • 00:25:22.000 --> 00:25:28.250
  • most important, most valuable for us to go on, for us to live,
  • 00:25:28.260 --> 00:25:33.060
  • whatever that which you and I grip the tightest is that in all
  • 00:25:33.070 --> 00:25:38.290
  • probability we need to give to God.
  • 00:25:39.000 --> 00:25:44.090
  • Because that which we hold on the tight--I couldn't have
  • 00:25:44.100 --> 00:25:47.170
  • this without this.
  • 00:25:47.180 --> 00:25:48.270
  • I wouldn't want to live without this person, this thing.
  • 00:25:48.280 --> 00:25:52.010
  • Oh, that which we hold on the tightest is probably
  • 00:25:52.020 --> 00:25:55.190
  • where the testing will come and that which we need to
  • 00:25:55.200 --> 00:25:59.290
  • give to God.
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  • Second word.
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  • That which we surrender and give to God we will receive back
  • 00:26:06.190 --> 00:26:15.110
  • a greater treasure, hopefully in this life, but certainly
  • 00:26:15.120 --> 00:26:20.150
  • in eternity.
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  • Jehovah-jireh.
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  • Jehovah-jireh.
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  • Jehovah-jireh.
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  • Ed Young: In today's message, Abraham faced the most
  • 00:26:31.000 --> 00:26:33.230
  • challenging test of his life.
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  • Now, why was he tested?
  • 00:26:36.180 --> 00:26:38.160
  • God wanted to know if he had first place in Abraham's life.
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  • Sometimes we are tested for the same reason.
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  • God wants us to trust him and grow stronger in our
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  • daily walk.
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  • The good news is when we give up control of our lives, he
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  • prepares you and me and equips us to pass the most difficult
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  • trials with flying colors.
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  • Let me ask you a personal question.
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  • When life's tests and trials come your way, are you prepared?
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  • Would you like to be?
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  • Call the number on your screen.
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  • We would love to speak with you and help equip you to win
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  • every battle.
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  • Thank you for watching today, and please join us again next
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  • time on "The Winning Walk."
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