Day 16…Genesis 22:

October 2, 2010 at 1:32 PM Leave a comment

Genesis 22: Abraham sacrifices Issac

v.1-2, After all of Abraham’s past experiences God tests Abraham. He tells Abraham to take his ONLY SON Issac and go to the land of Moriah and sacrifice him as a burnt offering to God!

v.3-5, Abraham got up early the next morning and saddled up his donkey, took Issac and 2 servants, and split wood (for the offering) with him to a place in the distance God had directed him to (3 days journey). When they arrived he told his 2 servants to wait as he took Issac up to worship God.

CHECK IT OUT…v.5 Abrahm said, “…then we’ll come back…” This is a great commentary on Abraham’s faith in God. He somehow knew what God was going to do OR more importantly he trusted God to fulfill his promise

v.6-8, Abraham took the wood and gave it to Issac to carry. Abraham carried the flint and knife and they both went up together to worship God. Issac asked his father “where’s the sheep for the burnt offering?” And Abraham simply said “God will provide.”

v.9-10, they arrived at the place where God directed them. Abraham built an altar, laid the wood on it, tied up Issac and laid him on the wood. Abraham grabbed the knife and lifted it up in the air ready to plunge it into his son to kill him!

v.11-14, just then an ANGEL of God called out to Abraham. The angel said “don’t lay a hand on your son! Now I know how much you fear God; you don’t hesitate to place your son, on the altar for me.” Abraham looked up and saw a RAM caught by its horns in the thicket. He took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. Abraham named that place God-Yireh (God provides).

CHECK IT OUT… notice how God did “provide” a ram for the burnt offering, just as Abraham told Issac in v.8

v.15-19, angel of God spoke to Abraham again and told him because he went through with this sacrifice of his son, God will bless him.

“I’ll make your children flourish–like stars in the sky, sand in the seashore. Your descendants will defeat their enemies. All nations on earth will find themselves blessed through your descendants because you OBEYED!”

Then Abraham went back to his servants and returned home to Beersheba.

v.20-24, sidenote… Abraham rec’d word that his brother Nahor is a father of 12 sons from his wife and concubine. Yikes!

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? God tested Abraham to see if he would sacrifice the one thing (person) he loved more than life itself. Abraham passed the test with flying colours. What is the thing/person God wants me to sacrifice? — security, job, house, notoriety, reputation? Also it wasn’t a knee-jerk thing he did. He had to pack up his son, servants, provisions for the trip and travel 3 days to PASS the test. It was thought through and the whole time Abraham NEVER doubted God to either provide a substitute sacrifice OR bring Issac back to life OR another option Abraham or I hadn’t thought about!

God promised Abraham he would be the Father of Many Nations and it would all come through Issac!!!

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? I need to be willing to sacrifice anything/anyone God wants me to. Now I need to ask God what that is. Again listening and obey, may be the test for me. To strip me of everything so I understand what it is to be totally dependant on God, not myself, my wife, friends, my job…nothing!

God, help me to be fully dependant on you. When I first wrote this journal I was in a very difficult place, but since than you have changed my circumstances for the better. Even though my situation has changed, God help me to still be totally dependant on you not my job or my friends…just you!

Entry filed under: Journey Thru the Bible.

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