Sermon Transcript – God Will Provide the Lamb

Series B – First Sunday in Lent – Sunday, February 22, 2015 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:27The holy Gospel According
0:30to Saint Mark chapter 1 verses 9 through
0:3215. at that time Jesus came from
0:35Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by
0:38John in the Jordan as Jesus was coming
0:40up out of the water he saw heaven being
0:42torn open in the spirit descending on
0:44him like a dove and a voice Came From
0:46Heaven you are my son whom I love with
0:48you I am well pleased
0:51at once the spirit sent him into the
0:53desert and he was in the desert 40 days
0:55being tempted by Satan he was with the
0:58wild animals and Angels attended him
1:00after John was put in prison Jesus went
1:03to into Galilee proclaiming the good
1:05news the time has come he said the
1:07kingdom of God is near repent and
1:10believe the good news
1:12in the name of Jesus
1:15our text this morning for my sermon is
1:17taken from our Old Testament reading
1:19from Genesis chapter 22 1-18 begins
1:23sometime later God tested Abraham and
1:26said to him Abraham
1:28here I am he replied then God said take
1:31your son your only son Isaac whom you
1:35love and go to the region of Moriah
1:37sacrifice him there as a burnt offering
1:39on one of the mountains I will tell you
1:45so if you’ve ever heard anyone preach on
1:48this text then chances are you may have
1:50heard a message that goes something like
1:54see Abraham was tested by God to see
1:57whether or not he loved the gift More
1:59Than The Giver of the gift Abraham
2:01passed the test and because of his
2:03obedience God blessed him even more so
2:07what is the thing in your life that God
2:09is asking you to lay on the altar what
2:12is the thing that you need to sacrifice
2:14so that God can bless you even more
2:18if you’ve ever heard a sermon like that
2:20then I apologize
2:22I apologize because that is not what
2:24this text is saying
2:25that is not what this text means and
2:28that is not how God wants you to apply
2:30this text to your life
2:32in fact if I can be blunt and I pray
2:33that you will not think me rude for
2:35being so this text is not about you
2:40nope this text is not asking you to
2:43sacrifice anything
2:45it’s pointing to the one true sacrifice
2:47this text is from beginning to end is
2:49about Jesus and his sacrifice for you so
2:54let’s take a look at the text now by the
2:57way how do I know this text is about
2:59Jesus well because Jesus said so you
3:01know there’s a passage in the Gospel of
3:03John chapter 5 verses 39-40 where Jesus
3:06kind of challenges the scribes and the
3:08Pharisees and he says you diligently
3:10search the scriptures because you think
3:12that in them you possess
3:13eternal life if these are the very
3:15scriptures that testify about me yet you
3:19refuse to come to me to have life
3:23Jesus makes it clear the Bible’s about
3:25him it’s not about you it’s about what
3:27he has done for you so this story this
3:31is a thorny story God asking Abraham to
3:34sacrifice his son
3:36I think a good way to think of this
3:39is to think of it well it’s like a movie
3:42preview in the days before film existed
3:45okay so when you go to the theater you
3:48know and before the movie starts before
3:50the you know the thing you went to go
3:52see begins they always have those
3:53previews of coming attractions well
3:56that’s what’s going on in this text in a
4:00sense it’s a very real preview of Coming
4:02Attractions so this text continues it
4:05says this early the next morning so
4:07after God told him to sacrifice his son
4:10his only son and that’s kind of a weird
4:13phrase and the reason why it’s weird is
4:15because how many sons does Abraham have
4:17at this time
4:21your son your only son
4:24well Ishmael was born first in Ishmael
4:26is clearly alive at this time and Isaac
4:29the son of Promise is finally born if we
4:32follow that Scarlet thread through the
4:34Old Testament the genealogy leading to
4:37the Messiah well it’s come to Isaac at
4:39this point so where is the Messiah right
4:44he’s in the he’s The Unborn great great
4:46great great great grandson of Isaac
4:50the bloodline has come to there so who
4:53in this story is the stand-in for the
4:57Isaac is so this is a preview so take
5:01your son your only son Isaac only son
5:04whom you love and go to the region of
5:06Moriah sacrifice in there is a burnt
5:08offering on one of the mountains I will
5:10tell you about Hebrew word by the way
5:11for burnt offering is Holocaust
5:15fascinating little feature Mount Moriah
5:17by the way you all know where it is you
5:20may not know that’s what it’s called if
5:22you’ve ever seen pictures of the holy
5:24city of Jerusalem the Temple Mount caps
5:28and Jesus was crucified just outside the
5:31city Gates of Jerusalem on the slopes of
5:34Mount Moriah Golgotha itself is part of
5:37the edifice of Mount Moriah
5:40this is important information
5:43so early the next morning Abraham got up
5:45saddled his donkey he took with him two
5:48of his servants and his son Isaac when
5:51he had cut enough wood for the burnt
5:53offering he set out for the place God
5:56had told him about on the third day
5:59Abraham looked up third day you know
6:01like I always pay attention that Third
6:03Day stuff going on in scripture third
6:05day on the third day he saw the place in
6:09the distance he said to his servants
6:11stay here with the donkey while I and
6:13the boy go over there we will worship
6:15and then we will come back to you
6:16Abraham took the wood for the burnt
6:19offering placed it on his son Isaac and
6:23he himself carried the fire and the
6:26knife as the two of them went on
6:29who is the sacrifice Isaac what’s he
6:32doing carrying the wood the thing that
6:36he’s supposed to be sacrificed with
6:40does that hearken to Jesus’s March the
6:43streets of Jerusalem carrying his own
6:47they placed the wood on Christ too as he
6:50ascended or descended you know to go to
6:53Mount Moriah and be crucified now you
6:56begin to see what’s going on this is
6:58almost like a time portal in a sense
7:00type and Shadow everything’s aligning
7:03and you can see into the future what’s
7:08so Isaac spoke up and said to his father
7:11Abraham father
7:13yes my son Abraham replied the fire and
7:17the wood are here Isaac said where is
7:20the Lamb the burnt offering
7:24and here is one of the best prophetic
7:26statements in all of scripture Abraham
7:29answered God himself will provide the
7:32lamb for the burnt offering my son
7:37he will
7:39and he did
7:41and the two of them went on together
7:43when they reached the place that God had
7:46told him about Abraham built an altar
7:48there arranged the wood on it
7:52he bound his son Isaac and laid him on
7:55the altar
7:57on top of the wood
8:01years later
8:03on that same Mountain
8:04Jesus would be laid down onto the cross
8:09have his hands nailed into it and his
8:11feet nailed into it before he was raised
8:14up suspended Between Heaven and Earth
8:19this all prefigures that
8:22laid him on the altar on top of the wood
8:25then he reached out his hand and took
8:29the knife to slay his son
8:32but the angel the Lord called to him
8:34from Heaven Abraham
8:36Abraham here I am he replied do not lay
8:40a hand on the boy he said do not do
8:43anything to him now I know that you fear
8:45God because you have not withheld from
8:47me you are son
8:49your only son
8:51Abraham looked up
8:53and there in a Thicket he saw a ram
8:56caught by its horns
9:01and now the substitute comes
9:03that’s what Christ is he’s our
9:05substitute on that day Isaac wasn’t
9:08sacrificed but Jesus hiding in the form
9:12of a ram if you would caught by his
9:17in the Thorns of a Thicket
9:19prefiguring Christ’s thorn crown of
9:22thorns to be placed upon his head that
9:24day God did provide the sacrifice the
9:27but that was not the ultimate sacrifice
9:29because Jesus eventually on that same
9:35with a crown of thorns pressed into his
9:37head he became that Ram caught in the
9:40thicket for real
9:42so Abraham went over took the RAM and
9:45sacrificed it as a holocaust instead of
9:48his son so Abraham called that place
9:52Yahweh will provide
9:55and back before Jesus was ever born of
9:58the Virgin Mary
10:00long before we knew what his name was
10:02going to be
10:03it was said of that place
10:06on the mountain of the Lord Mount Moriah
10:09it will be provided
10:13and it was
10:15for centuries the Jews read this text
10:19knowing that on Mount Moriah it will be
10:22provided of course that begs the
10:24question what’s the it
10:25the lamb God himself will provide the
10:29lamb for the sacrifice it will be
10:31provided on the Mount of the Lord for
10:33centuries this prophecy sat there
10:36waiting for its fulfillment and finally
10:39it was fulfilled it was fulfilled when
10:42Jesus took your sins upon himself
10:45was marched away
10:47scourged beaten
10:49at on mocked
10:51nailed to the cross
10:53and bled and died for your sins
10:57on that day it was provided this
11:00prophecy is no longer not fulfilled it’s
11:03been fulfilled for nearly two thousand
11:05years because God has provided the lamb
11:09now here’s the important part after this
11:11this is where people will mess it up
11:15the angel of the Lord called Abraham
11:17from Heaven a second time and said I
11:19swear by myself and see that’s the thing
11:21about God you know when people swear you
11:24know they take an oath I swear by God or
11:28the Bible or whatever right well there’s
11:30no none greater than God himself so when
11:32God swears he has to swear by himself
11:34that’s just what goes along with deity I
11:37swear by myself declares the Lord that
11:40because you have done this and have not
11:41withheld your son your only son there’s
11:45that only son talk there pointing us to
11:47Jesus I will surely bless you and make
11:49your descendants as numerous as the
11:51stars in the sky and the sand on the
11:53seashore your descendants will take
11:55possession of the cities of their
11:57enemies and through your Offspring All
11:59Nations on Earth will be blessed and
12:03then the NIV has what I would consider
12:05to be a very bad translation
12:08we’ll clean it up a little bit the NIV
12:10reads because you have obeyed me
12:14not quite what’s going on there because
12:17if you think about it is the reason why
12:20all of the Nations on the Earth are
12:22blessed is because Abraham was obedient
12:26that means we’re not saved by grace
12:28through faith or The Obedience of Jesus
12:31we’re Saved By The Obedience of Abraham
12:33and the Hebrew word here for obey is
12:36Shema and obey
12:38is kind of the white way to read it but
12:43it’s not quite right it’s there’s
12:46there’s not an English equivalent in
12:48fact what’s fascinating is is that when
12:50you read the King James version often
12:53times when it comes to the Hebrew word
12:55shama and it’s put in a context like
12:58this they they kind of created their own
13:00word the word was hearken
13:02hearken and so the ESV gets a little bit
13:06better and here’s what it says and I’ll
13:07tell you why I like it slightly better
13:09and verse 18 says and in your Offspring
13:12shall all the nations of the earth be
13:14blessed because you have obeyed my voice
13:16now we’re getting closer
13:18but I think that the better way of
13:20putting it is is that all the nations on
13:21the earth will be blessed because you
13:23have hearkened to my voice
13:28assumes greatly faith
13:32it’s to hear God’s voice and to believe
13:37and when you believe and you have faith
13:42and you trust in that word of God you
13:45can’t help but respond in action does
13:49that make sense and that’s the better
13:51understanding of Shema to just translate
13:54it obey makes it sound like Works
13:57righteousness and that’s not the gist of
13:59this word hearken is better so because
14:02you have hearkened to my voice all the
14:05nations of the earth will be blessed
14:07because you have believed what I have
14:09said and if you think that’s a crazy
14:11translation well remember scripture
14:13interprets scripture in Hebrews chapter
14:1611 gives us the exact theological
14:19correct understanding of this event
14:21Hebrews 11 17-19 reads by faith Abraham
14:27notice it says by Faith by faith Abraham
14:30when God tests offered Isaac as a
14:34sacrifice so notice his actions are the
14:38result of his faith
14:40and remember scripture earlier in
14:43Genesis said that Abraham believed God
14:45and it was credited to him as
14:48righteousness so you can’t go back now
14:51in chapter 22 and renegotiate Abraham’s
14:55righteousness his righteousness is by
14:57faith his actions showing that his faith
15:01is there Hebrews 11 says by faith
15:04Abraham when tested by God offered Isaac
15:07as a sacrifice he did this because he
15:10hearkened to the voice of the Lord
15:13he who had received the promises was
15:16about to sacrifice his
15:19one and only son
15:23even Hebrews picks this up but he had
15:25two right
15:28right even though God had said to him it
15:31is through Isaac that your Offspring
15:33will be reckoned and then Hebrews
15:35reveals to us what was going on in
15:37Abraham’s mind it says Abraham reasoned
15:40within himself that God could raise the
15:43dead and figuratively speaking he did
15:45receive Isaac back from Death in other
15:48words he hearkened to the voice of the
15:51Lord and he believed God he believed God
15:54that his promise that the whole world
15:57would be blessed through this child
15:59Isaac his only son
16:02he believed that
16:04so much so that he basically figured
16:07well God has told me to sacrifice Isaac
16:10well then that means that God is true to
16:14his word he would not lie if the whole
16:17world is to be blessed through Isaac and
16:20my descendants will be as numerous as
16:22the sands on the seashore well then the
16:25only solution is is that God’s going to
16:27raise him from the dead
16:29that was Abraham’s reasoning and Hebrews
16:31reveals this to us without the New
16:34Testament you can’t know what’s going on
16:35there in this text
16:37and the thing is is that in a sense
16:39that’s what happened so Isaac truly was
16:43dead and he was raised again because of
16:47the sacrifice the substitutionary
16:51sacrifice figuratively speaking raised
16:53from the dead but all of this Jesus’s
16:55death and his resurrection then are
16:58prefigured in this text and this is good
17:00news for us this is not about you
17:03sacrificing anything this is the good
17:06news that God looks at you and even
17:10though you were dead in trespasses and
17:12sins he says I love you and I’m going to
17:17come to Earth and I’m going to live
17:19perfectly in your place and I am going
17:23to bleed and die and take the penalty
17:25for your sin upon myself
17:29so that you can go free
17:32God himself provided the lamb and the
17:37lamb is Jesus and this text is all about
17:43as we in Lent
17:46meditate on and prepare for Holy Week
17:49when Christ is crucified for our sins
17:52this text focuses us this first week of
17:55Lent at that event and makes us Ponder
17:59and meditate Anew on the mercies and the
18:01love of God who could save and would
18:04save Sinners as wretched as myself
18:08as wretched as you
18:09what a great gift we’ve received from
18:12God in Jesus he has provided the lamb
18:15and the lamb is Jesus
18:18in the name of Jesus Amen
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