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GENESIS 22:1-2 "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. 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 the of."
(7-8) "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?"

The last we read of Abraham and Isaac, Isaac had just been weaned. Now he is probably about 10 years old. God came to Abraham and told him to take his son and go to Moriah and offer him there as a sacrifice unto the Lord. Moriah was probably the place where Solomon later built the temple (2 Chron. 1:3). The word "tempt" here most likely means "test", as the Bible states that God tempts no man! God was testing Abraham to see how great his faith was and how devoted he was to his God. In spite of how much Abraham loved his son, he started out to do God's command. He took Isaac, the wood and the fire for the sacrifice and two servants and started the three day journey to Mt. Moriah.

Leaving the two servants behind with the animals at the foot of the Mountain, Abraham and Isaac started climbing alone. On the way, Isaac asked his father where the lamb for the burnt offering was. He, therefore, did not yet know his father intended to offer him as the sacrifice. Abraham simply said that God would provide a sacrifice when they got there.

GENESIS 22:10-13 "And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 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. 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."

When They reached the top of the Mountain and God had still not recalled his order, Abraham built an altar and placed the wood on it. He then bound his son and laid him on top of the wood. I wonder how Isaac felt and what he thought at this point. Would he have struggled or was he a willing sacrifice? Remember, he was only a child. It is hard for me to see my children in any kind of trouble or pain and I can't begin to imagine what Abraham was feeling now. He raised his hand, with the knife in it to slay his only son when an angel called out to him. The angel told him not to do anything to the boy, for now God knew that he feared Him. Abraham then loosed his son and offered a ram that was caught in a thicket on the altar instead. Abraham named the place Jehovah-jireh, meaning "God Sees". The angel then reaffirmed the promises made to Abraham before, that his seed would be numberless and that all the nations would be blessed because he had obeyed God's voice.




WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

I have only one question for you this week and I don't really expect an answer. I just want you to think on this one!

If God asked you to give up one of your children for Him, what would you do?

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