North Anderson Baptist Church
A Season of Thanksgiving, Part 4 - The Blessing for All Nations on Earth
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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
As we continue to think about Thanksgiving and all we have to be thankful for, I want to call your attention to the fact that God has given us, His children, the responsibility to tell the next generation of the love and mercy of God that saves us from all sin. What does that mean? There is a privilege that we have as believers and that is to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth, starting with our own Jerusalem and going from there until we reach all the nations of earth. We all should be thankful that God chose us to tell the world of His saving love.
Do you remember the events in Abraham’s life that changed his world? One was the time God told him to leave where he was and go to a place he did not know, where God would show him. At that time God spoke to Abraham and said that He, God, would make a great nation through him and Abraham would be blessed. Even though at that time he had no children, God said that he would have many more than he could count. God even told Abraham that those who cursed him, God would curse and those who blessed him, God would bless them. But the one thing that was to change the world was the promise God made - that all the peoples on earth will be blessed through Abraham. I have highlighted the word through because it is “through Abraham” all the world would have a Savior sent from God whose name is Jesus of Nazareth. The One descendant of Abraham out of all the ones he was to have, this One named Jesus would bless the peoples of earth with salvation and forgiveness from their sins and give them eternal life. But, that salvation would cost Jesus His very life on a cruel cross. If He were to die, how could He offer salvation to those who believed? Jesus not only died but He rose from the dead and now lives forevermore to give eternal life to all who would believe in Him. That is the Gospel!

Let’s look at the next passage, Genesis 22:15-18
When Abraham was given his promised child, Isaac, he was thrilled and realized that all the promises from chapter 12 could come true. Isaac was that special child that would make Abraham’s family be like the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore. The second great event in Abraham’s life is the time God called Abraham to take his one and only son, the promised child, Isaac, to Mt. Moriah and sacrifice him to the Lord God. (Abraham had another child, his first and he was named Ishmael but he was not to be the child of promise.) What a test of faith this was for Abraham. Isaac must have thought this was to be a worship experience for the two of them, to go to Mt. Moriah and offer a sacrifice to God. Abraham knew that this would be the hardest thing in the world to do but He knew God would intervene. How do we know that? Let’s read Hebrew 11:17-19,
See, in verse 19 Abraham believed that God would raise Isaac up from the dead and he would still have a son to bring him many descendants to fulfil the promises of God.

After God told Abraham that he was to go and sacrifice his son, he got up the next morning and left. When Abraham was called of God from the city of Harran, the Bible says he went as the Lord told him. Each time God directed Abraham he did exactly what God instructed. He showed himself obedient and faithful to the Lord. When they got close to the mountain of Moriah, they left the servants and began the trip up the mountain. Another proof of the faith of Abraham was the answer he gave to his son when Isaac asked, “Father, the fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Here is the answer Abraham gave Isaac, “God Himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” What faith and expectation from Abraham regarding the promise of the Lord.

Abraham and Isaac reached the place of the sacrifice and Abraham had built the altar and laid the wood for the fire and then turns to his son, his only son, and bound him and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. We have no record of Isaac saying anything to his father or if Abraham tried to explain to his son what was happening and so therefore all we know is that Abraham took the knife and raised it to kill his precious son, and an angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” Abraham said, “Here I am.” And the angel said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy. Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

Wow! That is some heavy stuff!

Abraham saw a ram caught in the thicket and went over to get it and then sacrificed it to the Lord instead of Isaac. Because of all that happened regarding the substitute for Isaac, Abraham called that place “The Lord Will Provide.” What an unbelievable event in the life of Abraham and Isaac. Did they ever forget that, I doubt it!
“Abraham's faith and obedience have implications for believers today. Abraham is not only a historical figure; he is also a model for each of us. Just as Abraham was called to lay on the altar his only son, so we too are called to lay on the altar "our only son"—that thing or things we hold most dear in this life. Indeed it might be our only son, or only daughter. It might be our work, our profession. It might be our reputation, our self-image. It might be our lifestyle, our comfort, our possessions.” - Applied Bible Commentary
God asks us to totally surrender our wills to Him. He asks this of all Christians, not just a few. It means that we be willing to lay on the altar everything we have-including life itself.
In Christ, God offered Himself on the altar for us; are we willing to do the same for Him?
When I Lay My Isaac Down by C.T. and Becky Townsend

Abraham, prayed for the day
God would give him a son
Blessed Isaac was name
The greatest gift he'd ever known
Then came the day
Who would have dreamed
God would say you got to give him back to me
And on this mountain you must prove
That it's you and Isaac
Or it's me and you
When I lay my Isaac down
With a broken heart
But my Father's proud
On this altar where he lay
Just to find it wasn't him he wanted me
Most of us I'd dare to say
With an Isaac in God's way
On this Altar you can prove
It's not your Isaac that God wants
He wants you.When I lay my Isaac down
With a Broken heart but my Fathers proud
On this altar where he lays
Just to find it wasn't him God wanted me
The rest of the story is told by the writer Moses, he says the angel speaks to Abraham again, I suppose Isaac can hear this too, and says because Abraham had been obedient and not withheld his son from God, the angel says that God then would follow up on the promises He declared in Genesis 12,
1) that God would bless him and make his descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore
2) your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies (a reference to the cities of “The Promised Land”)
3) through his offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because he had obeyed God.

I see in this scripture and thinking about the sacrifice of God’s own Son, a comparison. Isaac went up to Mt. Moriah to worship with His father and there gave a sacrifice. In the New Testament, the Bible says that Jesus went to Jerusalem to be a sacrifice for all peoples of earth. He went to Mt. Moriah as well. We know this because in 2 Chronicles 3:1 the Bible says,
Because of His obedience to His Father’s will Jesus was willing to go and be “The Sacrifice” for you and me.
The lessons about true worship are timeless:
(1) Faith obeys completely the Word of God.
(2) Faith surrenders the best to God, holding nothing back.
(3) Faith waits on the Lord to provide all one's needs.
But God does not provide until personal sacrifice has been made. True worship is costly. This was always so for Israel when they brought sacrifices. Those offerings were supposed to be given in faith so God would provide all the needs of each willing worshiper. - The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty
True worship is costly!

When Abraham was to sacrifice his one and only son as worship to the Lord God, God stopped him and gave a substitute for Isaac’s sacrifice, a ram. Jesus, on the other hand, went to Calvary willingly, like Isaac, but there was no substitute for Him. He was the Substitute for you and me. He bore our sins on the wooden cross much like Isaac bore the wood on his back for the sacrifice to be made by his father. Jesus was the sacrifice the Father made for us so that we may be blessed and all the peoples on earth may have eternal life through Him.
Here we see the Offeror and the Offering! (Edgar Aponte)

I want you to see another thing that is eye opening. Isaac had a substitute, it was a ram. But wasn’t the substitute supposed to be a lamb? Not in this case, the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world was not yet born! Jesus was the Lamb who was sacrificed, He was the true substitute!
Isn’t that wonderful for you and me and all who would believe upon Him!

Would that be you today, would you consider believing upon Him and trusting Jesus as your Savior and Lord, allowing Him to be your personal substitute for your sins to be forgiven?

For you and me to really care about the lost and dying of this world, whether here or far away in a foreign land, we must first believe and then see with our heart what Jesus did for us and be willing to see with your heart He did it also for all those who have never heard and believed. In Genesis 22:18 the author says it is through “us,” Abraham’s descendants, that the lost and dying world, the people God created, will be able to hear and be blessed with salvation.
You and I today should be so thankful for the privilege to give, to share the Gospel, to go next door or to school or to the store or go into all the world and proclaim the Good News of Jesus to all people everywhere.

It might be my friend, that you just need to go down to Orrville Baptist Church tomorrow morning at 9 am to give away food to the homeless and tell them about the Good News and pray for them to come to know Jesus personally as their Savior and Lord. Some of you here today, could do that tomorrow. Some could not. Those who could not go could possibly eat lunch with someone who is lost and tell them about the Good News. Maybe those of you who are at school or in college could spend some time during the day and while there, tell others of your personal story and then share the Gospel with them.

If Jesus sacrificed His life for us, should we not take the opportunity to tell of that sacrifice to others who need it in their lives?
Does Christmas make you excited? People wait for it all year long and when it comes sometimes we miss the best time to share what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. There is a gift that available to everyone who will listen. There is victory over death and life after death in the land prepared for us by God Himself, isn’t that worth telling others? If you know personal forgiveness from your sins surely others want and need it too, but they are lost until they believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord.
May these next few weeks call us to go and tell everyone that Jesus is our Savior and Lord and can be theirs too.
Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born!

While shepherds kept their watching
O'er their silent flocks night
Behold throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light

Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born!

The shepherds feared and trembled
When lo! Above the Earth
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed our Savior's birth

Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born!

Down in a lowly manger
Our humble Christ was born
And God sent us salvation
That blessed Christmas morn

Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born!
Remember this last thing, it was by his obedience that Abraham was seen to be faithful to God. “Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from Me your son, your only son.” God is looking at our life to see if we are faithful to Him Through Our Obedience to His Command, to go and share!
*Will you give so others may go,
*will you pray while others go,
*will you personally go when God calls you to physically leave this place and go to another?

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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