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FIRE AND KNIFE!

Genesis 22:6 “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.”


The opening words “Now it came about after these things”, takes us back into the previous chapter where we read about the blessings that Abraham received.  He was in the season of favor! Isaac, the miracle son was born to Sarah and Abraham, who brought ‘laughter’ into their life, besides Abraham also received favor in the eyes of Abimelech!  Well, I have learnt by experience that as I dance in the rain for a while, I should also be ready at the same time, for any sudden shock, are you listening?  If we do not prepare our self for that, then we would go bonkers.  Whenever, we are faced with something gigantic in front of us, we tend to think that we are alone there, no…….no……God is right there with you….


God had great plans for Abraham, something beyond his expectations and that which he could not even imagine was getting ‘cooked’ for him; however, God had to do a ‘test’ and that was the call to mount Moriah to sacrifice his only son Isaac.  God makes great demands only from his children whom He considers great and worthy.  I wonder how Abraham felt when he took that fire and knife…..I have a son and now I shudder at the very thought of it….I took that scripture as the anchor scripture, so that we meditate deep on this.  Fire and knife!   I would scream at my son Joshua and tell him each time he takes the scooter, ‘wear your helmet’, if he was leaving for the hostel, I would say 1000 times, ‘take good care of yourself’ but now I wonder how did Abraham take that ‘fire and knife!’

BURNT OFFERING:

Friend, FIRE AND KNIFE ARE ESSENTIAL FOR OFFERING AND SACRIFICE!  Are you listening? FIRE burns out all the impurities in our life, and the knife chops out all the thoughts of ‘flesh’ in us.  The challenges, afflictions and sufferings in our life are the FIRE that purifies us: This fire is called the ‘Refiner’s fire’! Read:
Malachi 2:2..”For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.
3 "He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness. 4 "Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.”

Yes, God will sit as a smelter and purify us, like the way the dentist holds your face in order to work on you, his assistant would stand next to you to assist the dentist in the treatment, do you know the equipment the dentist uses to treat your decayed tooth:

•  Dental syringe. ...
•  Dental drill. ...
•  Spoon excavator. ...
•  Burnisher. ...
•  Scaler.

The dental drill would go down deep into your decayed tooth and you have no escape, the sound of the drilling machine would create panic waves; however, until the decay is treated, you would have no relief.  Likewise, the decay in our rotten lives got to be treated seriously in order to bring healing.

Just look around and we see quarrels, betrayals, back stabbing, envy, pride, cheating, false tongue, adultery, fornication and what not…..every day the heap of trash is increasing, therefore, God has to bring down the FIRE to refine us.  People still do not want to fast, do not want to stretch to attend night prayers but they prefer to stay in the comfort zone.  Think of the fire and the knife that Abraham had to carry! Anybody listening?  

WORSHIP:

Abraham called his journey to mount Moriah as ‘WORSHIP’, Wow! Read:
Genesis 22:5    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."

Friend, true worship is sacrifice!  Sacrifice cannot be done without pain - knife and fire, is anybody listening?  Today when we talk about worship it is all about:

•    Swanky mobiles
•    Trendy hairstyles, clothes and make up
•    Latest modern gadgets
•    Glamour and opulence

We have forgotten about knife and fire, stay with me to hear more or you can disconnect at this point, it is going to be painful.  Are you ready to endure the heat for the glory of God, then read on….
The  flesh has to be burnt in the altar before God, Exodus 29:24”Put all these in the hands of Aaron and his sons and wave them before the LORD as a wave offering. 25Then take them from their hands and burn them on the altar atop the burnt offering as a pleasing aroma before the LORD; it is an offering made by fire to the LORD.”

Look what is done before it is brought to the altar of God:

SKIN THE BURNT OFFERING

Leviticus 1:6    'He shall then skin the burnt offering and cut it into its pieces.
7    'The sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire.
8    'Then Aaron's sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head and the suet over the wood which is on the fire that is on the altar.”
Did you see that?  We need to be skinned.

HOLINESS AND CLEANLINESS:

Leviticus 7:21    'When anyone touches anything unclean, whether human uncleanness, or an unclean animal, or any unclean detestable thing, and eats of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings which belong to the LORD, that person shall be cut off from his people.'"

MY PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF EXPERIENCING THE FIRE AND KNIFE:

I was skinned first to then be used by God:


Not until we are abandoned and deserted, are we able to relish and nourish the sweet fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the year 1999, while I was five months pregnant with my second child, I was diagnosed with multiple fibroids which were found on the inner and outer walls of the uterus. The fibroids were rapidly growing along with the baby and the doctors gave a final verdict to terminate the pregnancy and abort the baby because the fibroids were choking my baby. My world came crumbling down and I was shattered. After two days of diagnosis, what the doctors feared happened, some of the fibroids ruptured and I was bleeding profusely. I was rushed to the hospital and as I lay there in the hospital bed alone, I could hear the shrill cries of the new born babies being delivered by other women. I wondered what would happen to my baby! Will I ever see the baby? I went through excruciating pain. I was kept under observation, close to the delivery ward so that I could be rushed, if there may be an emergency. During this time, something happened which touched my heart tremendously. The doctors brought the scanning machine close to my bed and showed me the ‘movements’ of my baby inside the womb. Oh, I saw my baby!

But strictly the doctors declared that the baby had to be aborted, because of the multiple fibroids that were choking my baby. The pain was unbearable and the doctors pressurized me to go in for abortion immediately. With no strength left physically and emotionally, I whispered to the Lord, “Please, Lord, don’t let them kill the baby, I want my child.” On the third day after I was admitted in the hospital, my husband and I tried everything possible in our strength. When everything failed, as I lay crying miserably curled up in the hospital bed writhing in pain, my husband along with another Christian aunty prayed to Jesus at 10 pm in the night. I don’t know exactly what happened that night, but I do know that Jesus answered our prayers and at that time of total helplessness and hopelessness, I felt surrounded by a His glorious peace and I slept peacefully after many days. When my husband came early the next morning, he was surprised to see me fresh, because I had been suffering from severe pain for the last few days. I had slept peacefully the whole night without pain! That was the first victory to our prayers! We were encouraged and our steadfast faith in the Lord started from there. My husband and I firmly refused to abort the child and my husband brought me home in an ambulance and I was carried to the second floor of our apartment in a stretcher. Due to various other pregnancy related complications as well, I was bedridden. The most humiliating experience was not being able to walk to the wash room, but depend on bed pan. How miserable!

For the first time in my life, I decided to read the Bible from the beginning, meticulously and not just read a portion of it here and there. As I passionately read the Bible every day, God increased my faith and I took my next giant step of refusing to take medicines and injections. My husband found my faith mysterious and incomprehensible, but as I kept confessing my love and faith in Jesus, he allowed me to have my way. One particular morning, filled with faith, I wondered why should I lie in the bed and disturb others when the Word says that “by His stripes I am healed!” I boldly got up from the bed and walked. God did a miracle at that time, He replaced my placenta to the original position and I was able to now walk. Praise the Lord! I did not receive complete healing, though; if it was just physical healing that I needed, the Healer would have surely granted me that immediately, but God wanted to bless me with something more than that! Oh, how I love the text:”….but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation  produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:4,5) How could one glory in tribulations? Yes, Apostle Paul teaches us to smile and be happy in the midst of our pain, because He would never fail us. He was preparing me for the big picture which only He knew. After many more months of praying and waiting on Him, God performed the miracle in my life and I delivered my miracle baby boy Joshua.

CONCLUSION: Had he not climbed Moriah with the fire and knife, Abraham would have missed the ‘special ram’ that was just meant for him.  Some of us want the ram but are not ready to take the fire and knife to kill our carnal desires, selfish plans and all things that has no God in it.
 
Prepare to offer yourself as a living sacrifice for God! Romans 12: 1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

 

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