A RAM IN THE BUSH
Abraham and Isaac (Podcast)
We cannot always see or understand our future. However, God has already mapped our pathway filled with blessings and trials. Through the toughest of times, He provides a way. As this is not heaven (Rev 21:4), misfortunes will ever be present. The enemy comes to disrupt all things (John 10:10) created to provide peace and harmony. He comes to make all things beautiful into a grotesque thing.
But God is merciful (Psalms 89:14) and He always provides a “ram in the bush (thicket)”. We can see His handiwork in Noah and the Ark (Gen 5:32), Jacob’s (Israel) salvation through Joseph (Gen 41), Jonah and the Whale, and many stories demonstrating His great compassion.
In Today’s lesson, we discover God’s man – Abraham, is put to the ultimate test. The story parallels our lives today that when we are at our lowest ebb – God delivers from the jaws of discomfort in the form of a ram.
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...