The Sacrifice of Isaac, by Marc Chagall, ca. 1966.
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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Prayer to Serve God
God our Father, make us to think more of what we can give to life
and less of what we can get out of it. May we be mindful that
we hold our gifts, our talents, our possessions, our life itself,
in trust for you and the service of mankind. Save us from thinking
only of our own needs and desires; and help us to remember that
it is more blessed to give than receive, according to the teaching of
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Frank Colquhoun 9/2022
For Those in Need of Strength
I pray, Lord, for all who will need strength and courage in the day ahead: For those who face danger. For those who risk themselves for others. For those who must make an important decision today. For people who are seriously ill. For those facing persecution or torture. I ask you, Lord, to give them the power of your Spirit,
“Here's what you need to keep in mind. You no longer have yesterday. You do not yet have tomorrow. You have only today. This is the day the Lord has made. Live in it.”
~ Max Lucado
A Prayer After Reading Scripture
May the word I have read, Lord, be planted deeply in my mind and heart. Help me not to walk away and forget it, but to meditate on it and obey it and so build my life on the rock of your truth.
Mason Barge 1/14/2017 origin unk.
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
Jars of Clay is a contemporary gospel group from Nashville, Tennessee. They took their name from 2 Corinthians 4:7, which reminds us that God’s miracle of salvation takes place in a vessel made of “clay”.
Lyrics to “Love Song For A Savior”
Love Song For A Savior
In open fields of wild flowers,
she breathes the air and flies away.
She thanks her Jesus for the daises and the roses
in no simple language.
Someday she'll understand the meaning of it all
He's more than the laughter or the stars in the heavens.
As close a heartbeat or a song on her lips
Someday she'll trust Him and learn how to see Him;
Someday He'll call her and she will come running
and fall in His arms and the tears will fall down and she'll pray,
I want to fall in love with You. [x4]
Sitting silent wearing Sunday best
The sermon echoes through the walls
A great salvation through it calls to the people
who stare into nowhere, and can't feel the chains on their souls.
He's more than the laughter or the stars in the heavens
As close a heartbeat or a song on our lips.
Someday we'll trust Him and learn how to see Him;
Someday He'll call us and we will come running
and fall in His arms and the tears will fall down and we'll pray,
It seems too easy to call you "Savior",
Not close enough to call you "God"
So as I sit and think of words I can mention
to show my devotion
My heart beats for You.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Daniel Mason, Matthew Ryan Bronleewe, Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell
Psalm 89:25-26 (NKJV)
I will set his hand over the sea,
And his right hand over the rivers.
He shall cry to Me, "You are my Father,
My God, and the rock of my salvation."
Genesis 22:15-24 (ESV)
The Story of Abraham  - Isaac
nd the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.
Now after these things it was told to Abraham, “Behold, Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor: Uz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram, Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” (Bethuel fathered Rebekah.) These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother. Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.
Notes on the Scripture
Previously, we discussed how the Bible uses Abraham as an analogy to God Himself. We can never truly know the mind of God, but we can understand the pain of Abraham in offering His only son as a sacrifice for us, because Abraham is a man, like us. It is also prophetic of Christ, for Abraham tells Isaac that God will provide a lamb to be sacrificed, as payment for sin.
In today’s passage, an even more marked prophecy is made, as God’s angel promises that “all the nations of earth shall be blessed” by Abraham’s faith. God has repeatedly promised Abraham that he will father a great nation, the Hebrews; but the prophecy extends here all the way to Christianity, for by Abraham’s faith and the offering of Isaac as a sacrifice, God promises to bless all the world. Moreover, this blessing will come from Abraham’s offspring. And, indeed, Jesus will be able to trace his ancestry all the way back to Abraham.
As if to demonstrate, the end of the passage give us an accounting of the children of Abraham’s second brother, Nahor, and all his children. They will not be important (except perhaps to provide odd names for our ancestors), with one exception: we will be seeing grand-daughter Rebekah again!
Abraham sacrificing Isaac, by Wilhelm von Reutern, ca. 1849.
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Proverbs 30:5-6: Every word of God is flawless. Do not add to his words or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
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