"...proving that this is very Christ." _ Acts 9:22
"...proving that this is very Christ." _ Acts 9:22



     Next, we shall look into the next spiritual level or the raising of the young man, the only son of the widow of Nain.  This level of maturity means much planting and watering are going on and increase, which can only come from God, is breaking forth.  However, there is much more development required for a full grown son.  This is a level of learning and experiencing the things of God.  At this level the believer is no longer a child but is still unable to see through the eyes of perfection.  He is unable to see the deep things of God.  In the Book of Ruth, Boaz (Our Kinsman Redeemer) had to protect Ruth (the Church) from the young men by charging them not to touch or molest or trouble her (Ruth 2:9). Anything less than the full Thought and Will of God will vex rather than help.  Although the young man is in an advancing state, he is yet well shy of complete maturation in the Spirit.   

     To gain further insight into this stage of the young men, let us review the preparatory details of the offering of Isaac in the Book of Genesis 22: 1-19.
22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, [here] I [am].
22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only [son] Isaac, whom thou lovest,
and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering
upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
22:3 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 clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
22:4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
22:6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid [it] upon Isaac
his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of
them together.
22:7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here [am] I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where [is] the lamb for a burnt offering?
22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt
offering: so they went both of them together.
22:9 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 upon the wood.
22:10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
22:11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said,
Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here [am] I.
22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing
unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld
thy son, thine only [son] from me.
22:13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind [him] a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said [to] this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
22:15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
22:16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast
done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son]:
22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy
seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which [is] upon the sea shore;
and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because
thou hast obeyed my voice.
22:19 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.




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