SATURDAY, JULY 19
Scripture: Genesis 22:12-17, Genesis 15:8
Genesis 22:12-17 actually becomes a foundational Scripture on the issue of judgment. It was here that Abraham offered up his only son. Abraham put a demand on God for his son in Genesis 15:8 when he said, “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?” That, “How shall I know…” demanded the Blood Covenant. And in Blood Covenant, God had a right to ask Abraham for the very same commitment, “How shall I know?” God knew that Abraham was willing to sacrifice his own son. So Genesis 22:12-17 completes the second half of the covenant when it says, “And He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.’ Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, ‘In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’ Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: ‘By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son — blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.’” In verse 12 God said, “…now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” As a result, Abraham could put a demand on God to offer His son. The covenantal result of this interaction in verse 17 says, “…your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.” Covenantally, Abraham’s obedience bought every single one of us the authority to execute justice in the gate of the enemy. Abraham’s covenant ensures us the authority to execute justice in the gate of the enemy. Once we understand that, nothing is impossible! One reason we must keep tsed-aw-kaw/righteousness is so that we can, at any given moment, execute justice in the gate of the enemy. Are we ready to execute justice in the gate of the enemy? We certainly should be because Abraham bought it and if we choose to live in righteousness, we are the ones who can finish it. Will the Lord raise up believers in our nations who will execute justice in the gate of power? I suspect He will. I suspect God has already orchestrated the journey – paid for it, planned it and can hardly wait for the operatives to arrive. God wants America saved. Only executing justice in the gate of the enemy will do that. It is time we learned it, time we said yes and time we initiate action. Will we? I trust we will. Executing justice in the gate will become a school for implementation!