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January 10, 2021
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  • Ed Young: The theme of thisScripture is Jehovah-jireh,
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  • God will provide.
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  • So, when I say Jehovah-jirehin 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.congregation: God will provide.
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  • "Now it came to pass after thesethings."
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  • After these things is where webegin 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 ofthe world.
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  • He climbed the top of MountEverest after an almost
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  • impossible climb up with hisfriend, his guide.
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  • Ice, storm, cold, rain, lackof oxygen, fatigue, slides.
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  • Sheer effort, he reachedthe top, the top of the world,
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  • 29.002 feet.
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  • No human being will ever climbhigher than that.
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  • That's the apex.
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  • That's the highest that anyonewill ever climb.
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  • Unless you would climbthe mountain we're going
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  • up today, Mount Moriah.
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  • And we have two men, Abrahamand Isaac, Isaac meaning
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  • laughter, climbing thatmountain.
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  • And spiritually, Moriah isthe highest mountain you can
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  • ascend in the Old Testament.
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  • In fact, you move to the NewTestament, it is on the same
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  • Mount Moriah you found MountCalvary, 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, verse1 says, "Now it came to pass
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  • after these things that Godtested 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 Biblebeginning 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 Urof the Chaldees
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  • between the Tigris and EuphratesRiver.
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  • A decadent place, a godlessplace, a pagan place.
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  • And God called Abraham to comeout 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 chapter11, he said Abraham was to find
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  • a city and to build a city whohas 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 wayto a promised land.
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  • And we read about it.
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  • Abraham was known as a friendof 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 waythrough the Bible.
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  • And we see he gotto 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 hebuilt his altar.
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  • Abraham always built his altarand 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'mgoing to worship," and then
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  • out of worship, "I'm goingto get all my stuff together."
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  • Built an altar, pitched histent.
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  • That was Abram, and what a lifehe lived.
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  • God blessed him.
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  • He was prosperous.
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  • Man, he fought battles to rescuehis nephew, Lot, and he went
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  • into Sodom and Gomorrah, and hetried to negotiate with God
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  • and be the mediatorso 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 himearlier and said, "Abram, you're
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  • going to be the fatherof a great nation."
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  • And his name then was calledAbram, which means big time
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  • father, foremost father.
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  • The angel said, We don't callyou that anymore.
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  • By the way, people meet Abramand 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'regonna name you Abraham, which
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  • means father of multitudes,father of many."
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  • And he said, "Well, what'syour name?"
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  • "Abraham."
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  • "How many children you have, youfather 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 fatherof many.
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  • He doesn't even have a singleoffspring.
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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 himand said, "Abraham, father
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  • of many, you're gonna have thatpromised son and he's going
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  • to redeem the world.
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  • He's gonna build a peculiarpeople who love me and
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  • follow me.
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  • He is going to be the progenitorof a whole new congregation
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  • of God-fearing people that'll goall the way through eternity."
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  • And Abraham said, "You know," ashe 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 littlelate for this.
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  • I don't know what you're talkingabout, 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 angelreaffirmed 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 thena 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 laughterand 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 himthe Messiah would come.
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  • What a promise.
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  • And then we see that he wastested.
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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 testthat was severe, overwhelming.
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  • Fortissimo, passionate test.
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  • The passion that Clay Walker haswhen 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 weknow this.
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  • And that's what the first versetells 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 thathappens 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 yourson, your only son Laughter,
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  • whom you love, and goto the land of Moriah, and offer
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  • him there as a burnt offeringon one of the mountains of which
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  • I shall tell you."
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  • Offer Laughter as a burntoffering?
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  • And a burnt offering, ladiesand gentlemen, they would take
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  • all of the animal, allof the animal, and put it
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  • totally on the altar, and letthe fire consume it completely.
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  • That was a burnt offering.
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  • And that's what God askedAbraham to do.
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  • Unbelievable, isn't it?
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  • Go take Laughter, thepromised one.
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  • And then we have, follow mecarefully, a conflict,
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  • a conflict between the promiseof 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 himon the altar as
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  • a burnt offering."
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  • So here's God's promiseand 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 visitingin Northern Ireland and she
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  • visited a sheep farm or ranch.
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  • And she saw there the shepherdwas taking the sheep and putting
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  • them in vats, vats that wereheld with all kind of medicinal
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  • oils to rid the sheepof parasites and other things.
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  • And she watched a shepherd takethe 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 whatthat sheep thought.
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  • Here's my shepherd now tryin'to kill me."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, sometimeswhat we may interpret that God
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  • is trying to kill us, he'sreally trying to save us.
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  • So here we have a conflictbetween 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 manytimes.
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  • You have too, and you havethanked him for when he said yes
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  • to us.
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  • "Lord, I pray that this willhappen," and he said yes.
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  • "Lord, I ask that you wouldguide me," and he said yes.
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  • We thank him when we petitionto him and he says yes.
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  • But how many times have wethanked him when we petitioned
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  • him when he said no?
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  • If Keith, when he proposedto that girl and she turned him
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  • down, what if they had gottenmarried?
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  • Thank God that God said, "No,this isn't the one."
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  • Most of us could have thattestimony.
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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 dothis," and God said no.
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  • And I don't understand those bigno's in my life.
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  • You don't understand it either.
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  • But one day when we getto heaven, we'll look back
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  • and we'll understand when Godsaid no and we'll thank him
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  • for that no.
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  • When he says yes, it's easyto 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 Biblethat 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'snot 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 isto glorify the Lord and we do
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  • that by seeking himand understanding one thing,
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  • Jehovah-jireh.
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  • So we have the test, severetest.
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  • Take your boy, climb thatmountain, 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 breathtakingcommand, and look at the next
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  • verse here.
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  • "Abraham rose up earlyin the morning."
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  • Man, the next day.
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  • "Saddled his donkey, and tooktwo of his young men with him,
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  • and Isaac his son; and he splitthe wood for the burnt offering,
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  • and arose and went to the placeof which God had told him."
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  • By the way, after one of ourservices, Clay asked me, "Why
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  • did they cut the wood rightat the beginning of their trip
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  • and Laughter had to carry, 18years old probably, all that
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  • wood on his back all the wayup to Moriah, a three day
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  • journey?"
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  • And I said, "You know, I'venever known--"
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  • then I knew exactly why.
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  • This is a shadow of Jesuscarrying 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 hima burnt offering, a living
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  • sacrifice on that altar for yoursin 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 veryinteresting.
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  • "Then on the third day," versefour, "Abraham lifted his eyes
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  • and saw the place far off.
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  • And Abraham said to his youngmen--" two went with him beside
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  • his son.
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  • "And Abraham said to his youngmen, 'Stay here with the donkey;
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  • and the Lad and I, we will goyonder and worship, we will
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  • worship,"' and look at this, "wewill come back to you.
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  • We will go, Laughter and I, wewill worship, Laughter and I,
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  • and we will come back to you."
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  • But the command was to takeIsaac and make him--and burn
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  • him up and make him up aburnt 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 tomyself usually.
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  • It goes like, "Are there anyvalleys that seem to be
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  • uncrossable?
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  • Are there any mountains youcannot tunnel through?
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  • No, God specializes on thingsthat seem impossible.
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  • He knows a thousand ways to makea 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 bea burnt offering on
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  • this mountain.
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  • Now, we understand that.
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  • We read itthrough with jaundiced eyes.
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  • Soren Kierkegaard wrote a littlebook called, "Fear
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  • and Trembling," and in thisbook, Kierkegaard says he
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  • doesn't get this story.
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  • He's saying it's a horrificstory, a father asked to burn
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  • up his son.
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  • And he just says--boy, he talksabout the obedience of Abraham,
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  • how exacting it was.
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  • And a lot of people stumbleover this test, but it's because
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  • we don't understand itin 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 thinkindividually.
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  • They thought in terms of family.
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  • And therefore, when the headof the family would die, he
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  • would leave most or all of hisinheritance to the firstborn.
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  • Why?
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  • If he sorted it out to allthe individuals, they had 4, 5,
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  • 6, 10, 12, 15 children, allthe power in the family would be
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  • dissipated.
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  • But if they stayed togetherand the firstborn would control
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  • that family and bethe progenitor there
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  • of the family, man, that gavethem--that's the way it worked
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  • in the Middle East.
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  • And you read in the Bible, whatwere the Jews taught to do?
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  • What were all the other culturestaught to do?
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  • You give to God that which isfirst.
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  • The fruit would come in, they'dgive firstfruits to God.
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  • The harvest, the grain wouldcome in.
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  • They'd give the first partof the harvest to God.
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  • And look there, rememberthe 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 Israelitesescaped that.
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  • How?
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  • Because a lamb was killedand a lamb became the substitute
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  • for the firstborn.
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  • And therefore, when Abrahamheard the call to present
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  • Laughter, Isaac, asthe firstborn, as a burnt
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  • offering, it wasn't like Godsaid, "Abraham, I want you to go
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  • to the tent and kill Isaac,Laughter."
  • 00:17:49.491 --> 00:17:54.229
  • He'd say, "No, that's notthe voice of God.
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  • I had too many falafelslast night."
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  • I mean, God wouldn'tdo that.
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  • "Abraham, I want you to gokill Sarah."
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  • No, God would never do that.
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  • But when he said, "Abraham, Iwant 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 principleof the whole posture that we
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  • work through here.
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  • See, a totally different thingto--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 woodof the burnt offering and laid
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  • it on Isaac, Laughter, his son;and he took the fire in his
  • 00:18:33.902 --> 00:18:38.473
  • hand, a knife, and the twoof them went together.
  • 00:18:38.507 --> 00:18:43.378
  • And Laughter spoke toAbraham his father and said,
  • 00:18:43.412 --> 00:18:47.316
  • 'My father!'
  • 00:18:47.349 --> 00:18:49.318
  • He said, 'Here I am, my son.'
  • 00:18:49.351 --> 00:18:51.987
  • Then he said, 'Look, the fireand the wood, but where is
  • 00:18:52.020 --> 00:18:56.792
  • the lamb for the offering?'"
  • 00:18:56.825 --> 00:19:01.096
  • Abraham answered, "I don't know.I don't know."
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  • But he said, "Jehovah-jireh."
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  • Oh yeah, Jehovah-jireh.
  • 00:19:12.207 --> 00:19:15.377
  • "I don't know where the offeringis, and you're supposed to be
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  • the burnt offering," but hedidn't know how this was going
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  • to happen.
  • 00:19:20.749 --> 00:19:22.317
  • "And he said, 'God willprovide for him the lamb for
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  • a burnt offering.'
  • 00:19:24.953 --> 00:19:26.021
  • So the two of them wenttogether.
  • 00:19:26.054 --> 00:19:27.856
  • Then they came to the placeof which God had told him.
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  • And Abraham built an altar thereand placed the wood in order;
  • 00:19:30.659 --> 00:19:34.496
  • and he bound Isaac his son,"18-year-old, 19-year-old son,
  • 00:19:34.529 --> 00:19:40.936
  • much stronger and more powerfulthan his dad without
  • 00:19:40.969 --> 00:19:43.839
  • any question.
  • 00:19:43.872 --> 00:19:45.073
  • Isaac knew he was the firstborn.
  • 00:19:45.107 --> 00:19:46.908
  • He understood what was goingon and not what exactly was
  • 00:19:46.942 --> 00:19:49.778
  • going to take place.
  • 00:19:49.811 --> 00:19:51.113
  • "And he bound Laughter his sonand laid him on the altar,
  • 00:19:51.146 --> 00:19:53.915
  • upon the wood.
  • 00:19:53.949 --> 00:19:55.984
  • And Abraham stretched out hishand and took a knife
  • 00:19:56.018 --> 00:19:58.453
  • to slay his son.
  • 00:19:58.487 --> 00:19:59.721
  • But the angel called to him fromheaven and said,
  • 00:19:59.755 --> 00:20:01.990
  • 'Abraham, Abraham!'"
  • 00:20:02.024 --> 00:20:04.026
  • And the Lord said,"I'm sure glad to hear from you.
  • 00:20:04.059 --> 00:20:06.995
  • Here I am.Here I am."
  • 00:20:07.029 --> 00:20:10.599
  • And then look what happens.
  • 00:20:10.632 --> 00:20:13.935
  • "And God said, 'Do not lay yourhand on the lad, or do anything
  • 00:20:13.969 --> 00:20:17.406
  • to him; for now I know that youfear God, there you have not
  • 00:20:17.439 --> 00:20:22.377
  • withheld your son, your onlyson, from me.'
  • 00:20:22.411 --> 00:20:24.846
  • And Abraham lifted his eyesand looked, and behold there was
  • 00:20:24.880 --> 00:20:28.483
  • a ram caught in a thicketby the horns.
  • 00:20:28.517 --> 00:20:31.053
  • So Abraham went and tookthe ram, and offered it up as
  • 00:20:31.086 --> 00:20:34.222
  • a burnt offering.
  • 00:20:34.256 --> 00:20:35.657
  • And Abraham called the placeJehovah-jireh."
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  • You see what's going on?
  • 00:20:41.163 --> 00:20:43.565
  • God knew the firstborn was to begiven to him and he says,
  • 00:20:43.598 --> 00:20:47.502
  • "Abraham, you've taken littleLaughter and I want to make sure
  • 00:20:47.536 --> 00:20:53.275
  • he hasn't taken my place in yourheart, he hasn't become an idol.
  • 00:20:53.308 --> 00:21:00.749
  • He hasn't become what all yourlife revolves around this 18
  • 00:21:00.782 --> 00:21:03.885
  • or 19 years you've had this sonof promise.
  • 00:21:03.919 --> 00:21:06.555
  • He is the firstborn.
  • 00:21:06.588 --> 00:21:07.889
  • I want you to take firstbornand submit it to me as a
  • 00:21:07.923 --> 00:21:10.992
  • burnt offering."
  • 00:21:11.026 --> 00:21:12.160
  • And Abraham--God sawthe willingness of Abraham
  • 00:21:12.194 --> 00:21:14.896
  • and then God knew that he wasnow first place and nothing was
  • 00:21:14.930 --> 00:21:19.968
  • ahead of him in the heartand the mind of Abraham.
  • 00:21:20.001 --> 00:21:25.240
  • Beautiful thing.
  • 00:21:25.273 --> 00:21:28.810
  • George Jagger, you mightremember the story,
  • 00:21:28.844 --> 00:21:33.715
  • tragic story.
  • 00:21:33.749 --> 00:21:35.417
  • George took his father and threesons out into the Atlantic
  • 00:21:35.450 --> 00:21:38.887
  • fishing and a storm came.
  • 00:21:38.920 --> 00:21:41.056
  • Six foot waves.
  • 00:21:41.089 --> 00:21:42.557
  • The water was fillingin the boat and he had all
  • 00:21:42.591 --> 00:21:45.727
  • the Jagger boys put on theirlife jackets, tied them
  • 00:21:45.761 --> 00:21:50.732
  • together, went into the ocean.
  • 00:21:50.766 --> 00:21:55.237
  • They fought the waves.
  • 00:21:55.270 --> 00:21:56.738
  • They couldn't make it to shore.
  • 00:21:56.772 --> 00:21:59.141
  • The youngest son, Cliff,at the bottom, he finally said,
  • 00:21:59.174 --> 00:22:03.111
  • "I can't fight any longer.
  • 00:22:03.145 --> 00:22:06.014
  • I'm going to Jesus."
  • 00:22:06.047 --> 00:22:08.550
  • And that father watched hisyoungest die, his next son, his
  • 00:22:08.583 --> 00:22:12.554
  • next son, and then his daddydied tied close to him.
  • 00:22:12.587 --> 00:22:16.558
  • Nine hours later, he swamto shore, never cutting loose
  • 00:22:16.591 --> 00:22:22.431
  • any of his family, though heknew they were dead.
  • 00:22:22.464 --> 00:22:27.602
  • George Jagger saw, as a dad, allhis father die and his boys die.
  • 00:22:27.636 --> 00:22:36.311
  • And he saw them as they died,died with confidence because he
  • 00:22:36.344 --> 00:22:41.583
  • built into them Jesus.
  • 00:22:41.616 --> 00:22:46.288
  • Laughter got onthat altar, why?
  • 00:22:46.321 --> 00:22:50.725
  • Because he'd been on that altar.
  • 00:22:50.759 --> 00:22:53.595
  • He had been a worshiper.
  • 00:22:53.628 --> 00:22:56.665
  • He'd watched his dad worship.
  • 00:22:56.698 --> 00:22:58.533
  • He'd been many timeswith his dad.
  • 00:22:58.567 --> 00:23:00.802
  • He knew he could bethat offering.
  • 00:23:00.836 --> 00:23:03.271
  • He knew he was a miracle son.
  • 00:23:03.305 --> 00:23:06.208
  • He knew if somehow he was killedthat God would bring him back
  • 00:23:06.241 --> 00:23:09.845
  • to life again.
  • 00:23:09.878 --> 00:23:11.213
  • He didn't have any problem.
  • 00:23:11.246 --> 00:23:13.048
  • He was taught to climb and livehis life on an altar.
  • 00:23:13.081 --> 00:23:19.354
  • Parents, that's what we mustbuild in our kids so when
  • 00:23:19.387 --> 00:23:25.527
  • the bottom of their lives fallsout or the bottom of our lives
  • 00:23:25.560 --> 00:23:29.097
  • falls out, when we want Godto say yes and he says no, they
  • 00:23:29.130 --> 00:23:34.469
  • will see that we have a firmfoundation on Jesus Christ that
  • 00:23:34.503 --> 00:23:39.808
  • is beyond this lifeand beyond the suffering
  • 00:23:39.841 --> 00:23:42.911
  • of the day.
  • 00:23:42.944 --> 00:23:49.417
  • Two little principles.
  • 00:23:49.451 --> 00:23:56.925
  • That which you and I gripthe tightest, that which we make
  • 00:23:56.958 --> 00:24:03.465
  • most important, most valuablefor us to go on, for us to live,
  • 00:24:03.498 --> 00:24:07.869
  • whatever that which you and Igrip the tightest is that in all
  • 00:24:07.903 --> 00:24:13.875
  • probability we need to giveto God.
  • 00:24:13.909 --> 00:24:19.814
  • Because that which we holdon the tight--I couldn't have
  • 00:24:19.848 --> 00:24:23.151
  • this without this.
  • 00:24:23.184 --> 00:24:24.286
  • I wouldn't want to livewithout this person, this thing.
  • 00:24:24.319 --> 00:24:27.155
  • Oh, that which we holdon the tightest is probably
  • 00:24:27.188 --> 00:24:31.126
  • where the testing will comeand that which we need to
  • 00:24:31.159 --> 00:24:35.263
  • give to God.
  • 00:24:35.297 --> 00:24:38.700
  • Second word.
  • 00:24:38.733 --> 00:24:41.770
  • That which we surrender and giveto God we will receive back
  • 00:24:41.803 --> 00:24:50.579
  • a greater treasure, hopefullyin this life, but certainly
  • 00:24:50.612 --> 00:24:55.884
  • 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: It is not always easy tokeep track
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  • Now, why was he tested?
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