Monday Men's Group
The Akedah Mystery
HAVE YOU EVER heard of the Akedah?” he asked. “The Akedah is the offering up of Isaac by his father, Abraham.”
“I’ve heard of it,” I said, “but I never understood why it happened.”
“It was a test,” he said, “but also a mystery. At the end of the test God sealed His covenant with Abraham. In such a covenant, each party had to be willing to do what the other was willing to do. Now let’s open up the mystery. Abraham was willing to offer up his son as a sacrifice. Therefore . . .”
“Therefore, God,” I replied, “would have to be willing to offer up His Son . . . as a sacrifice.”
“The father brings his son on a donkey,” said the teacher, “to the land of the sacrifice.”
“So then God would have to bring His Son on a donkey to the land of the sacrifice . . . Palm Sunday . . . Messiah is brought on a donkey to the place of the sacrifice.”
“The father places the wood of the sacrifice on his son’s shoulder . . .”
“God places the wood of the sacrifice, the cross, on Messiah’s shoulders.”
“The son carries the wood up the mountain to the place of the sacrifice . . .”
“Messiah carries the wood to the place of the sacrifice.”
“The father lays his son upon the wood and binds him to it.”
“The Messiah is laid on the wood of the cross and bound to it.”
“The father lifts up the knife of sacrifice but is stopped . . .”
“The knife, the judgment of God, is lifted up . . . but is not stopped. Messiah is killed on the wood of the sacrifice.”
“Do you know what appears in this account for the first time in all of Scripture?”
“The word love. The first love in the Bible is from this account, the love of the father for the son . . . just as the first love in existence was that of the Father for the Son. And yet the Father was willing to offer up the Son of His love, to save us. And what does that reveal? If God offered up the Son of His love to save you, then He must love you with the same love with which He loved the Son. As it is written, ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’ So you don’t ever have to wonder how much God loves you. The sign is already there on the wood of the sacrifice . . . As much as He loves His only begotten Son . . . the greatest love in all existence . . . that’s how great is His love . . . for you.”
The Mission: Today, ponder the price of love that was paid for you, and live your life likewise as a sacrifice of love to Him. Genesis 22; John 3:16 The Moriah Miracle
Cahn, Jonathan. The Book of Mysteries (p. 79). Charisma House. Kindle Edition.
We will also begin to discuss the charts i gave out 2 weeks ago on Levels of Discipleship
A New Year choose change
The word Shannah which means year, duplicate, repetition but in Hebrew it also means change.
“The nature of nature is to repeat, just as we live, by nature, as creatures of habit. We gravitate toward doing that which we’ve done before, the same routines and courses, even when those routines and courses are harmful to us...but the way of God is the way of newness and change. You can’t know God and not be changed by knowing Him. And His will is that the year, the shannah ahead of you, be not a time of repetition, but of change, of new beginnings, of new steps, of breaking out of the old ways and the old nature.
And if you want to see a year of new things, you must choose to live not in the natural and walk not by nature and all its oldness and repetitions. But you must choose to live in the supernatural and walk in the will and power of Him who makes all things new. Live on earth in the power of heaven . . . and you will walk in the newness of life . . . and the year ahead will be a shannah . . . of change.”
Appointing your days
“It is written, ‘Teach us to number our days.’ What does that mean?”
In the Hebrew it says, ‘Teach us to manah our days.’ The same word, manah, appears in the Book of Jonah where it is written that God manahs a fish, a worm, and a wind.”
“Manah means more than number. It means to prepare and to appoint. So you must not only number your days, you must learn to prepare your days, to appoint your days.”
You appoint your days (BY PRAYER) in God to bring what is good. You consecrate them for the purposes of God. And then you use your days to accomplish those purposes. Don’t let your days determine your life. Let your life determine your days. And don’t just let your days go by. Prepare them, that they might become vessels of blessing and life. Appoint your days . . . for the purposes of the Most High.”
THE MIDBAR (The Wilderness)
“What words come to your mind,” said the teacher, “when you look at the desert wilderness?” “Dry . . . barren . . . hot . . . austere . . . severe . . . hard . . . forbidding . . .” “And when people go through hard times—times of loss, crisis, tragedy, loneliness, conflict, hardship, problems, separation, tears—they speak of going through the wilderness.
And yet the wilderness is a holy place. It was in a desert wilderness that God gave His Law, His Word, and where He revealed His presence. The wilderness is holy.” “So the hard times in our lives are holy?” “For those who are His children, yes.” “How so?”
“In Hebrew, the wilderness is called the midbar. Midbar comes from the root word davar. And davar means to speak. What is the wilderness? It is the midbar. And what is the midbar? It is the place of God’s speaking, the place of His voice. It’s where God especially talks to us.
Why did He bring His people into wilderness, into the midbar? So He could speak to them. He brought Moses into the midbar to speak to him through a burning bush. He brought Elijah to the midbar to speak to him in a still, small voice. So too He brings us into the wilderness that He might speak to us.”
“What is it about the wilderness that makes it the place of God’s speaking?” “Look around you,” he said. “What do you see?” “Not much . . . rock, sand, mountains.” “That’s why,” said the teacher. “God speaks, but we don’t hear. We have too many distractions. But in the wilderness the distractions are gone. So God brings us to the wilderness that we might hear His voice. Therefore, do not fear or despise the wildernesses of your life, and don’t despise His removing of the distractions. Rather embrace it. Draw closer to Him. And listen to what He is saying. Seek to hear His voice, and you will hear Him. For the wilderness in your life is not just a wilderness. It is holy ground . . . the midbar . . . the place of His voice.”
The Mission: Put away the distractions, those things that keep you from hearing. And go into the wilderness, the midbar, and seek the voice of God. Deuteronomy 8:2–16; Psalm 46:10; Jeremiah 29:12–13; Luke 3:2
Cahn, Jonathan. The Book of Mysteries (p. 9). Charisma House. Kindle Edition.