1. God Promised to Bestow a Son to Abraham
(Gen 17:15-17) And God said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give you a son also of her: yes, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell on his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born to him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
(Gen 17:21-22) But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year. And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.
2. Abraham Offered Up Isaac
(Gen 22:2-3) And he said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get you into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and split the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place of which God had told him.
(Gen 22:9-10) And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar on the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
No One Can Hinder the Work God Has Determined to Do
Here, you have all heard the story about Abraham. He was a man God chose after the destruction of the world by the flood. His name was Abraham. When he was one hundred years old and his wife Sarah was ninety years old, God’s promise came to him. What promise did God want to give him? That was what the scripture says, “And I will bless her, and give you a son also of her.” When God promised to give him a son, what was his background at that time? The scriptures record as follows: Then Abraham fell on his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born to him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? That is to say, the old couple were unable to give birth at such ages. What did Abraham do with God’s promise? He fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to him that is an hundred years old?” Abraham thought it an impossible thing. The implication was that he thought God’s promise to him was just a joke. In man’s eyes, that was a thing beyond man’s capacity, and likewise it was also a thing God could not do or fulfill. Maybe to Abraham, it was a very funny thing: man, but he does not even know whether a man at such an old age can beget a child or not, and he even lets me beget a child, saying that he will bestow to me a son. That is something impossible! So, when Abraham fell on his face, he laughed and said to himself, “It’s impossible. God is joking with me. This cannot be true!” He did not take seriously. Then what kind of man was Abraham in God’s eyes? (A righteous man.) Where does it say that he was a righteous man? You think that anyone who is called by God is a righteous man, a perfect man, and a man who walks with God. You are simply copying mechanically! You need to see this clearly. God does not define a man casually. Here, God did not say that Abraham was a righteous man. In his heart, he has a criterion for judging each man. Although God did not say what kind of man Abraham was, as far as Abraham’s manifestation in this matter was concerned, how was his belief in God? Wasn’t it somewhat vague? Was his faith great? No. His laughter and his thought already represented him. So, your viewing him as a righteous man is purely an imagination, a blind, mechanical copying, and an irresponsible estimation. Did God see and know Abraham’s laughter and his petty movement? God knew that. But would God change what he had determined to do? No, he wouldn’t. When God had planned and determined to choose him, the thing had already been accomplished. No matter what he thought and how he behaved, God would not be affected or disturbed in the slightest. God would not change his plan lightly, nor would he change and break his plan lightly because of man’s behavior, even ignorant behavior. So, what does it say in Genesis 17:21-22? “But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year. And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.” God did not pay any attention to what Abraham thought and said. Why did he pay no attention? Because at that time God did not require man to have a great faith or have a high knowledge of him, much less require man to understand what he did and spoke. So, what he determined to do, what kind of man he determined to choose, and what principles he had in doing things, God did not require man to fully understand, because man’s stature totally fell short of that. At that time, whatever Abraham did and however he behaved, it was very normal in God’s eyes, and God did not condemn or rebuke him but only said, “…Isaac, which Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year.” On God’s part, the thing was being gradually fulfilled as his words came forth. And in his eyes, what he planned to accomplish had been done. After God arranged the matter, he left. No matter what man did, what man thought, how man understood, or how man planned, it had nothing to do with God. Everything continued to develop according to the time and the steps set by God and according to God’s plan. This is God’s working principle. No matter what man thought and how man understood, God did not interfere. But he would not give up his plan or his work because of man’s disbelief and incomprehension. The fact was accomplished according to God’s plan and God’s thought. This is what we have seen in . God let Isaac be born at the time he set. Did man’s deeds and manifestations hinder God’s work, as proved by the fact? No. Did man’s little faith and his notions and imaginations about God affect God’s work? No. Not at all! God’s management plan cannot be affected by anyone, anything, or any circumstance, and everything he has determined to do will be accomplished and fulfilled on time according to his plan. His work cannot be hindered by anyone. As to some foolishness and ignorance of man and even some resistance and notions of man against God, God pays no attention to them, but does the work he wants to do without any hesitation. This is and is the manifestation of his omnipotence.
in A Continuation of The Word Appears in the Flesh