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Week 5 Day 1 Genesis 22 Matthew 21

9 February, 2015

Genesis 22
So Abraham has the son he has yearned for and then this; AFTER THESE events, God tested and proved Abraham and said to him, Abraham! And he said, Here I am. [God] said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah; and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I will tell you. (‭Genesis‬ ‭22‬:‭1-2‬ AMP)

If I had wanted a child for 100 years and been promised an heir over 15 years how would I feel when asked to kill them and offer them as a sacrifice? I’d be pretty torn and possibly quite disillusioned with God.

So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and his son Isaac; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and then began the trip to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. (‭Genesis‬ ‭22‬:‭3-4‬ AMP) Echoes of Jesus here *spoilers Abraham said, My son, God Himself will provide a lamb for the burnt offering. So the two went on together. (‭Genesis‬ ‭22‬:‭8‬ AMP)

And Abraham stretched forth his hand and took hold of the knife to slay his son. [Heb. 11:17-19.] But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, Abraham, Abraham! He answered, Here I am. And He said, Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear and revere God, since you have not held back from Me or begrudged giving Me your son, your only son. (‭Genesis‬ ‭22‬:‭10-12‬ AMP) Abraham had no idea he would be stopped. He feared and loved God enough to somehow trust Him.

Abraham looked up and around and found a ram stuck in a bush. This is what he sacrificed. So Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide. And it is said to this day, On the mount of the Lord it will be provided. (‭Genesis‬ ‭22‬:‭14‬ AMP)

And said, I have sworn by Myself, says the Lord, that since you have done this and have not withheld [from Me] or begrudged [giving Me] your son, your only son, In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies, [Heb. 6:13, 14; 11:12.] And in your Seed [Christ] shall all the nations of the earth be blessed and [by Him] bless themselves, because you have heard and obeyed My voice. [Gen. 12:2-3; 13:16; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; Acts 3:25, 26; Gal. 3:16.] (‭Genesis‬ ‭22‬:‭16-18‬ AMP) Just as a man did for God, so does God do for us in Jesus.

Matthew 21
The beginning of, not the end but a new beginning. Saying to them, Go into the village that is opposite you, and at once you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie [them] and bring [them] to Me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall reply, The Lord needs them, and he will let them go without delay. (‭Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭2-3‬ AMP) *Spoilers* This happened that what was spoken by the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, Say to the Daughter of Zion [inhabitants of Jerusalem], Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey [a beast of burden]. [Isa. 62:11; Zech. 9:9.] (‭Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭4-5‬ AMP)

So many spoilers as Jesus begins to fulfil so many prophecies – see inside the [square brackets] And most of the crowd kept spreading their garments on the road, and others kept cutting branches from the trees and scattering them on the road. And the crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed Him kept shouting, Hosanna (O be propitious, graciously inclined) to the Son of David, [the Messiah]! Blessed (praised, glorified) is He Who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna (O be favorably disposed) in the highest [heaven]! [Ps. 118:26.] (‭Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭8-9‬ AMP)

He said to them, The Scripture says, My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you have made it a den of robbers. [Isa. 56:7; Jer. 7:11.] (‭Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭13‬ AMP) Because the tax collectors and merchants were in the forecourt of the synagogue selling animals for sacrifice and ripping off those going to pray the place had become lawless.

But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He did and the boys and the girls and the youths and the maidens crying out in the porches and courts of the temple, Hosanna (O be propitious, graciously inclined) to the Son of David! they were indignant. And they said to Him, Do You hear what these are saying? And Jesus replied to them, Yes; have you never read, Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants You have made (provided) perfect praise? [Ps. 8:2.] (‭Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭15-16‬ AMP)

More trickery and doublehandedness by the religious leaders And when He entered the sacred enclosure of the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came up to Him as He was teaching and said, By what power of authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this power of authority? Jesus answered them, I also will ask you a question, and if you give Me the answer, then I also will tell you by what power of authority I do these things. (‭Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭23-24‬ AMP)

And the conspiring answer The baptism of John–from where was it? From heaven or from men? And they reasoned and argued with one another, If we say, From heaven, He will ask us, Why then did you not believe him? But if we say, From men–we are afraid of and must reckon with the multitude, for they all regard John as a prophet. So they answered Jesus, We do not know. And He said to them, Neither will I tell you by what power of authority I do these things. (‭Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭25-27‬ AMP)

Jesus then tells of a more horrific tale. Listen to another parable: There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a hedge around it and dug a wine vat in it and built a watchtower. Then he let it out [for rent] to tenants and went into another country. When the fruit season drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his [share of the] fruit. But the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first time, and they treated them the same way. Finally he sent his own son to them, saying, They will respect and give heed to my son. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, This is the heir; come on, let us kill him and have his inheritance. And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes back, what will he do to those tenants? They said to Him, He will put those wretches to a miserable death and rent the vineyard to other tenants of such a character that they will give him the fruits promptly in their season. [Isa. 5:1-7.] (‭Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭33-41‬ AMP)

Take your time to read that.

Jesus talks here about Adam and Eve (possibly), but certainly of the prophets who went before. The inheritance of Israel was being squandered and with the “landlord’s” son being killed also God has brought enlightenment to the non-Jews (the Gentiles) *spoilers

I tell you, for this reason the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce the fruits of it.

And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables (comparisons, stories used to illustrate and explain), they perceived that He was talking about them. (‭Matthew‬ ‭21‬:‭43, 45‬ AMP) What a fantastic legacy we have in the church.

Selah

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