It’s Not A Lamb, But I’ll Take It!

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Genesis 22:1-14

© 2015 Frieda P. Smith

How many times have we allowed a blessing to pass us by because it was not what we expected? It did not meet our qualifications.

Can we keep it real? Ladies, how many men have we stuck our noses up at because they were too short, too chubby, too broke, drove old cars, or were just too unattractive?

The Jews were guilty of the same. When Jesus arrived, they dismissed Him as their Messiah because He did not meet their qualifications. Jesus was not “kingly enough”. Jesus was too “gruffy”. Jesus was too regular; He was hanging around with “riff-raff” (publicans and sinners). The Jews dismissed their Blessed Messiah–their Savior because He was not who they expected.

People of God, anytime we are dealing with God, I have one recommendation: Throw your expectations out of the window!

Psalm 115:3b declares, “He (God) does whatever He pleases”; hence, keep an open mind when God is involved. Anything is bound to happen!

In our text that serves as the foundation of this inspirational message, in Genesis 22 we find the Lord testing Abraham’s love, faith, and obedience. Abraham was instructed to take his beloved son Isaac to a designated place and offer him as burnt offering. Isaac was not his only son. Abraham already had a son named Ishmael with a slave woman named Hagar.  However, Isaac was the son on whom the promises of God rested (Genesis 17:19).

In obedience to God, Abraham took everything he would need for the burnt offering with him, including his son Isaac; he did not even try to sneak Ishmael on the altar as some of us would have (say amen somebody!).

While Abraham and Isaac made their way to the destination, Isaac wanted to know where the lamb was for the burnt offering. Abraham responded in Genesis 22:8, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering”.

The Word of the Lord tells us that when they arrived at the place which God told him, Abraham built an altar, bound his son, placed him on the altar, and stretched out his hand to slay his son. However, an Angel of the Lord spoke from heaven and declared in verse 12, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me”.

After hearing the Angel, the Bible tells us that Abraham lifted his eyes, and behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns.

Abraham told his son in verse 8 that God would provide a lamb; therefore, Abraham was expecting a lamb for a burnt offering. Yet, there was a ram behind him, caught in the thicket by its horns.  I was not there, but I can imagine Abraham probably looked down at his son, laying on the pile of wood on the altar and then he looked back at the ram and said to himself, “It’s not a lamb, but I’ll take it!”

My friends, God is trying to bless us every single day, but we reject His blessings because we are too busy looking for what we believe is a blessing to us.

I do not know who I am speaking to through this message, but you may be missing your blessing because you are looking in the wrong place for the wrong thing.

First, Abraham found what he needed because he went where the Lord told him to go.  Are you where the Lord told you to be, or are you where you want to be?

Secondly, Abraham found the ram behind him. Perhaps you are looking for God’s blessing in the wrong place.

Let me help somebody.  Your Godly soulmate will not be found in the club on Saturday night or at Happy Hour around the bar at Applebee’s.

My friend, if you really want to receive God’s blessings, listen for the voice of the Lord and when you hear from Him, look around and be prepared to in essence say:

It’s not a lamb, but I’ll take it!

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