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God Tests Abraham

Stop - now I know that you fear God!

Application:

God wants us to obey Him so that He can bless us, just as He blessed Abraham.

Text:

Genesis 22.

 

God's Test:

God kept His promise and gave Abraham and Sarah a son, Isaac in their old age.  How they loved that boy who was so precious to them after they had waited so long.  Every day they were grateful to God and would thank Him because He had given them such a wonderful son.

When Isaac became a young man, God decided to test Abraham and called to him, "Abraham!"  Abraham replied, "Here I am."  Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to Moriah.   Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering to Me on one of the mountains that I will tell you about."

What did Abraham Do?

Wow!  What would your Daddy have done, if God told him to build a fire, lay you on it, and burn you up? (Let the children respond).  Well, Abraham didn't shout and scream and run away from God!

Why?  Because he loved God and knew that He was very wise, powerful and loving, and would not make a mistake.  Abraham had great faith and believed that if Issac died, then God would make Isaac live again, so that he would have all the descendants that God had promised him.

Abraham Obeys:

So early the next morning, Abraham got up and saddled his donkey.  He cut enough wood for the burnt offering, and set out for the place God had told him about with two of his servants and Isaac.  On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.

Abraham said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey, while I and the boy go over there, and we will worship and then come back to you."   And so next morning, Abraham rose very early and took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on Isaac's back, while he carried the fire and the knife.

Where is the Lamb?

As they walked along, Isaac spoke to his father and Abraham replied, "Yes, my son?"  Isaac was puzzled and asked, "The fire and wood are here, Father, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"  Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my Son."

You see, Isaac didn't know that there was no lamb, and that he was to be the sacrifice, because his father hadn't told him.  And so the two of them went on until they finally came to a high mountain called Mount Moriah.  Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.

Abraham Prepares to Sacrifice:

Abraham now told Isaac that he was to be the sacrifice!  Isaac loved God and knew that God didn't make mistakes.  He knew also that his father wanted to do just what God had asked him to.  Isaac didn't run away, or shout and scream, but let his father tie his hands and feet and then lay him on the altar on top of the wood, all ready to be killed and sacrificed!

Would you have run away as fast as your legs would go? (Let the children respond).

You see, God wanted to prove whether Abraham would obey him, even though he couldn't understand why God wanted him to do such a horrible thing.   So Abraham picked up the knife to take the life of his son, and just as he was going to use it, the Lord called to him from Heaven, "Abraham!   Abraham!"

God Supplies a Ram:

"Here I am," replied Abraham.  "Do not lay a hand on the boy and do anything to him," commanded the Lord, "Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from Me your son, your only son."

Abraham must have wiped his brow thankfully, and as he looked around he saw a ram that had been caught by its horns in a thicket.  He took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.  So Abraham named that place: "The Lord Will Provide".

God's Promise:

The Lord called to Abraham a second time, "Because you did not withhold your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, and as the sand on the seashore.   Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring, all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed Me."

After this, Abraham and Isaac returned to where they had left their servants, and then journeyed back to Beersheba where Abraham lived.   And what a wonderful time they had telling Sarah all about their sacrifice!

God's Blessing:

Abraham obeyed God and did just what God asked him to.  And so God blessed him and Abraham was called the friend of God.

God wants us to obey Him too and do what He tells us in the Bible.   If we do this, God will also bless us wherever we go, and in whatever we do.  And we will also be a friend of God!

God bless.

 

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