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Friday, August 11, 2017

Isaac: Manly Submission

August 11

(Genesis 22:2 NIV) "Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.""

(Genesis 22:9 NIV) "When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood."

(Genesis 26:19-28 NIV) "Isaac's servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. {20} But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen and said, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. {21} Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. {22} He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, "Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land." {23} From there he went up to Beersheba. {24} That night the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham." {25} Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well. {26} Meanwhile, Abimelech had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. {27} Isaac asked them, "Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?" {28} They answered, "We saw clearly that the Lord was with you; so we said, 'There ought to be a sworn agreement between us'--between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you"

Isaac’s greatest attribute and strength was submission. Submission is not considered an asset by most of the people in our “dog eat dog” world today. In fact, it is almost a dirty word in our culture. But consider this: no nation has ever won a war without brave soldiers who were willing to submit and follow orders. No business can succeed without workers who will do what their bosses tell them to do. Submission can be a great asset when we submit to the right authority. In the life of Isaac, it was his submission that glorified God and made him usable to God. His submission demonstrated great faith, not weakness or capitulation. In the Christian walk, obedience is necessary for victory. However, we cannot obey unless we are willing to submit. No church can prosper without a people who will submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Your church is no exception to this rule, and neither are you. – Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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