Sacrifice is good for Abraham demonstrating his complete trust in thepromises made to him by God. Abraham before acted as commanded byGod however, no sacrifice compares to that of sacrificing his onlyson. By choosing to obey God’s command, Abraham depicts hiscomplete devotion to the word of God. It means that Abraham knows Godis right in what He commands us to do and we should not questionGod’s command (Hendel 234). It ought to have been difficult forAbraham to sacrifice his only son, but he chooses to trust God, sinceHe is the one that blessed him with the son. The sacrifice relevantlyshows that God has given all that we have to us, and He has controlover all. Hence, we must trust his commands even when they meansacrificing what seems impossible (Hendel 236). Abraham’s sacrificecompares to that made by Socrates in that in both instances, Abrahamand Socrates remain steadfast in what they trust and believe.Socrates is confident and brave even when facing death due to hisdetermination to act as the cure of the Greek society (Tyrrell 59).Similarly, Abraham is confident in God’s command due to hisdetermination to depict complete trust in God.
Sacrifice fits into Abraham’s calling by acting as a test.Sacrificing his only son places Abraham in an agonizing test, whichhe passes due to his full faith in God. This means that anyone calledby God has to be ready to sacrifice. In case, Abraham had disobeyedGod’s command, then he would have failed the test of his calling.Covenant refers to the promise made between God and Abraham. Itinvolves the promise of becoming the father of nations. The idea ofcovenant is relevant because God did not allow Abraham to kill hisonly son. This is because God would fulfill His promise throughIsaac. It implies that when we choose to trust and obey God, Hefulfills his promises.
Joseph’s calling is characterized by numerous tests. Joseph’sinitial test starts with rejection by family. When his brothers sellhim to slavery, Joseph may have felt betrayed by his trust in God.However, he was not bitter and learnt to trust in God that he wouldsurvive even in slavery. Second was the moral purity test whileworking as a slave in Pharaoh’s palace. Despite temptation byPharaoh’s wife, Joseph flees from sin. Another is the perseverancetest. Even being a prisoner for years and successfully interpretingdreams, he was not freed (Young, Jean and Carolina 60-61). Josephpersevered hoping that he would soon be free from prison, just as theBible commands us to be still and wait for the Lord. Last is thestewardship test. Following 13 years as a slave and prisoner, Josephheld the second highest position in Egypt. He acted as a perfectsteward.
The evaluations on Joseph calling differentiate him in society. Hewas forgiving, obedient, evaded sin and persevered. His callingcompares to that of Abraham. Both Abraham and Joseph remainedsteadfast in their trust in God. Joseph had to become a slave for 13years before becoming a king. Abraham had to obey God’s command tosacrifice his only son, to become a father of nations. Joseph’sstory teaches us that by responding to a call, we have to be ready toundergo trials, demonstrate our trust in God and do as God commands.Just as the Bible instructs us in Romans, we ought to die inside forChrist to rise again in our lives. Similarly, we should learn to useour gifts in doing what is right, which includes helping others. Itis through using gifts that God blesses us. For instance, Joseph wasblessed due to using his gift of being able to interpret dreams.
In the first chapters of Exodus, Moses’ faith in God is tested.God appears before Moses and commands him to deliver the children ofIsrael from oppression by the Egyptians. However, Moses is quick todemonstrate his doubt in God’s command and questions why he ischosen. God provides a helper to Moses, Aaron, with whom to facePharaoh and the Israelites. In addition, God instructs him to performmiracles to convince Israelites that God will free them fromoppression (Childs 67-70). Moses’ faith is tested when he choosesto follow the command of God, despite harboring doubt that no onewill believe his message. His perseverance is also tested as Godhardens Pharaoh’s heart. This compels Moses to perform miracles,which are also performed by magicians. Though Moses feels that itwill be difficult to convince Pharaoh, he progresses to act as Godcommands him. This means that his obedience to God is also tested.Moses has to do as God commands, not because he wants to, but becausehe must obey.
It is important to be tested in calling. Tests act as a way ofstrengthening our belief in God’s command. God is aware that thehuman heart is stubborn. He is aware that to accomplish His work, weought to draw closer to His grace. When we are facing challenges, wetend to seek God for help. Rarely do people remember to call upon Godwhen they are not suffering. Thus, God tests us by taking away allthat we deem as important from our lives. In the end, we are leftwith the mere option of depending upon God. It is during thesemoments that God’s calling in our live becomes apparent. Godemploys tests to enlarge saints so that we can be able to follow ourcalling. During tests, people seek God and trust that everything willwork out well. When God answers our prayers, we learn to trust in hiscommands. Thus, tests teach us to call upon God and trust in Him,which then strengthens our faith and calling.
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Hendel, Ronald S. The Book of Genesis: A Biography. Princeton,New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2013. Print.
Tyrrell, Blake. The Sacrifice of Socrates: Athens, Plato, Girard.Michigan: MSU Press, 2012. Print.
Young, Sarah, Jean Fischer, and Carolina Farías. Jesus CallingBible Storybook. , 2012. Internet resource.