OPENER: Remember one beloved person in this world and write down one thing you can do for her / him through which they can believe that you really love them.
Q: What are the characters / qualities of a Lover? Obedience / Sacrificing / Listen to each other.
Now, letís look into the Bible and learn what it means to really love someone.
Q:How many of you love God?
1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied.
2 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."
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.
4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.
5 He said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you."
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,
7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, "Father?" "Yes, my son?" Abraham replied. "The fire and wood are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"
8 Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." And the two of them went on together.
9 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.
10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied.
12 "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "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."
Q: What God expects from Abraham?(V2) Sacrifice his Son
Q: If you were in Abrahamís place what would you have done? Upset / angry / argue / not believe in God
Take a long time to make a decision
Think about Society and Family
Q: How would you react if your son asked the same question as Isaac? (V-8) Pin-drop Silence
Q: Through AbrahamĎs action what sort of character gets revealed? (V 3,8) Obedient; sacrificing; denied himself
Meant what he said (Proved his love)
Q:What does God do and how does he feel when he sees Abrahamís attitude?
- V-12 Stops him from sacrificing his Son
- V-13 Provides a Lamb for Sacrifice
- V-15-18 Happy, proud, believes and blesses him.
Here we see Abraham went through a big test.
Q. What do you think God wants from us? Obey his command / To be away from sin / Have a relationship with him / To be
like him / Expects us to value Him more than anything else in this world (Because He is therefore ever and has sacrificed His son Jesus for us)
God loves us and He is ready to provide us anything the way He provides Abraham a lamb to sacrifice (V-8).
God has provided us his son Jesus to die for our sins. Everybody in this room admitted that they love God, then we need to be eager to know what He expects from us and obey it.
So, I would encourage you to study bible and know about God more. Be diligent, love the lord with all your heart, mind and soul.