Worship-What You Find Your Worth In

Do you ever wonder what went through Abraham’s head as he headed up the mountain to worship?

1 Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance.

  • What did God ask Abraham to do?
  • What was Abraham’s response?

Answer: God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac and Abraham got up immediately the next day and went. 

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Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together.

Abraham headed up the mountain to worship through sacrifice. His son was at his side, the one God promised.

  • What did Abraham tell the young men he was going to do?

Answer: Abraham says he and the lad will go up to worship and then they will return.

Insight: Worship is the Hebrew word shachah. It means to prostrate oneself or to bow down. In the Old Testament, it is the common term used for coming before God in worship to honor Him. The English word means to look at someone’s “worth-ship.”

  • What was Isaac’s question to his father?
  • How did Abraham respond to Isaac’s question?

Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.

They make it to the top of the mountain, Abraham prepared the altar.

  • What does Abraham do after he prepares the altar?
  • What type of offering was he preparing?

Insight:  A burnt offering was an offering in which the entire sacrifice was to be placed on the altar, nothing was to be held back.

10 Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

As Abraham lifts the knife to sacrifice his promised son, an Angel of the Lord intervened.

  • What does the angel say?
  • How does the angel describe Abraham?

Answer: The angel says that Abraham fears God, since he has not withheld his only son.

Insight: That word fear is the Hebrew word Yare, it means “to have reverence toward God, to trust Him, to respect Him. It does not mean to be afraid of Him. God is reverenced when a person respects Him for who He is. A believer’s fear of God is seen when he or she walks in His ways and loves and serves Him in absolute obedience.”

All along, Abraham trusted God to provide the sacrifice. He told his men he and the lad would go and worship and return (Genesis 22:5). He told His son that God would provide the lamb (Genesis 22:8).  He lives out this obedience with a willing and trusting heart. He worships God not with words only, but with action. Have you ever thought of this story as an example of worship?

According to Genesis 22, where does Abraham find his worth? In whom does He fear? When put to the test, Abraham’s true worship is seen in his actions.  Abraham feared God more than he loved his son.

What does your worship look like? Is it something you do once a week? Is worship something you go to?  Or is your worship bound up in the way you live your life? How do you live a life of true worship? What does that even mean?

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Ashlee is a native New Mexican. She is the wife of a College Minister, a student ministry leader, and has been involved with Transform Student Ministries for 14 years. She seeks to be a disciple of God and His Word as well as a disciple-maker. She is striving to walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel and to seek the favor of God not men.

 

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