Adam and Even hid themselves and covered their nakedness in shame after they had sinned against God through disobediently eating of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that God had forbidden them to eat. God in His mercy and grace did not leave them in that state of alienation, but went to the Garden and called to Adam.
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9
In their fallen state God graciously and lovingly reached out to them and promised to provide a deliverer who would free them from the curse of enslavement to sin and deception of the devil. The deliverer would make provision for them to once again have favor with God and be rescued from His wrath.
And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise you head, And you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15
And so begins the story of God’s call to us and His provision for us through His call as we respond to His call in faith.
We see this story repeated throughout the Scriptures. God called Abraham and declared that He would make of him a great nation. Abram and Sarai waited and waited for an heir, a son of their own, but none came because Sarai was barren. Following custom, Abram declared Eliezer of Damascus to be his heir, but God reassured him that his heir would come from his own body. After many more years of waiting Abram and Sarai hatched their own scheme to ensure the heir would come from his body. Sarai gave Abram her Egyptian maidservant Hagar to be his wife, and Hagar conceived and bore Abram a son, Ishmael. But this son of his flesh was not the one to be his heir. When Abram was ninety-nine God again appeared to him, and reestablished His covenant with Abram, changing his name to Abraham and Sarai’s name to Sarah, saying that she would be a mother of nations; kings of peoples would be from her. God again promised him a son, but this time stated explicitly that his son would be born from Sarah. Genesis 17 Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was ninety-nine when Isaac, which means laughter, because both Abraham and Sarah laughed at the idea of having the son of promise at such advanced ages, was born. The birth of Isaac was through the miraculous blessing and intervention of God.
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore, from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude-innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. Hebrews 11:11-12
God promised Abraham and Sarah a son, a son of promise who was born by His divine blessed intervention. God called Abram to leave his people and go to a land that he did not know so that He could make of him a great nation. Abram obeyed in faith. God provided the son, Isaac, through normal human activity, but miraculously since Abraham and Sarah were both past the age of conceiving and bearing children.
And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him-whom Sarah bore to him-Isaac. Genesis 21:1-3
And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised he was also able to perform. Romans 4:19-21
The call and provision were Abraham’s and Sarah’s through their faith and belief in God who provided.
Years later God called upon Abraham to offer up his son Isaac as a sacrifice to test Abraham’s love and loyalty to the Lord. As Abraham and Isaac went up to Mount Moriah, Isaac asked Abraham about the lamb needed for the sacrifice, and Abraham told Isaac that the Lord would provide the lamb for the burnt offering. Then as Abraham was about ready to sacrifice his only son to the Lord God Almighty, his son Isaac bound upon the altar that Abraham himself had built, the knife ready in his hand, the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham.
But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” 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.” Genesis 22:11-14
God called Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a test of his devotion to the Lord, but passing the test because of his faith, the Lord provided the necessary sacrifice through the ram that was snagged by its horns.
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac you seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. Hebrews 11:17-19
Abraham responded in obedient faith to God’s call to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering, believing that God would also keep His promise that through Isaac Abraham’s descendants would constitute a great nation. God faithfully provided the ram.
When Jesus Christ walked this earth in the land of Israel He called all to repent and believe the gospel.
Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15
Here is the fulfillment of the promise that God gave to Adam and Eve after their sinful disobedience and His loving call and promised provision for reconciliation. Here is the One who is the Seed of Abraham through whom all the nations of the earth are blessed. Here is the one whom the offering of Isaac as a burnt offering foreshadowed, Jesus Christ the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world through His sacrificial atoning death upon the cross for our sins that we might be reconciled to God through the faith of His Son. God’s call through His Son Jesus Christ, through the declaration of the gospel, is for all to repent and believe in His Son Jesus Christ. God provides reconciliation and redemption to all who respond to this call in faith believing what the Bible says is true, that God the Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day from the dead.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 1:1-10
God continued His call upon mankind to repent through the ministry of the Apostles whom He appointed to go into all the world and preach the gospel. He called them to this ministry and provided the message through the Word of God and the power to preach through His indwelling Holy Spirit. His Apostle Paul was called by Jesus Christ to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, and by the provision of God, Paul’s work bore much fruit.
‘But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive the forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ Acts 26:16-18
As believers in Jesus Christ, we have answered the call to repent of our sins and to believe in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself as the propitiation for our sins. As believers in Jesus Christ, God has provided the atoning sacrifice for us through His Son Jesus Christ so we can be reconciled to God as our loving Father. We see the love of God in His call, starting with Adam and Eve, then to Abraham, on to the Apostles, and then finally to ourselves. By faith we receive His provision of forgiveness of sins and salvation from His wrath just like the previously mentioned believers. We, along with them, rejoice in the provision of God through His Son Jesus Christ and exult in the glory of God on display through His marvelous, glorious grace given to us through His call on our lives and the salvation He has provided for us through our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Praise God that when He calls He provides. To God be the glory and praise!