May 26 – Genesis 22:1-8

May 26 – Genesis 22:1-8

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Oh Father, this story of Abraham’s willingness to be obedient even with the life of his own son shows how much Abraham had grown as he had spent time with You. He knew You as a God of love, mercy and grace. He knew You had a plan. You told him of Your plan. You did everything You promised You would do. You always keep Your promises. Thank You, Father for being trustworthy. In the world we live in, we seldom find anything we can always trust in.
I have to admit, when I read this account of Abraham’s obedience I struggle. I would like to say I would be that obedient, but I’m not sure I could do what Abraham did. I am weak. I want to love You and trust You enough that no matter what You asked of me I would follow. Help me trust You more. Help me love You more. Help me see You clearer. I believe Father, help me with my unbelief.
In Jesus’ name.

So, God calls Abraham out and tells him to offer up the son, Isaac, as an offering to Him. What words did God use when speaking to Abraham that indicate that God knew just how precious Isaac was to Abraham?
In Genesis 17 God promises Abraham that he will be the father of many nations. Now we see God asking Abraham to sacrifice his son. What does Abraham’s response to God say about his relationship with God?
In verse 4, do you think there is significance in it mentioning “it is on the third day”?
When has God called you to do something you thought seemed impossible?
How did you respond to God?
Oh, to have the faith of Abraham!

Genesis 22:1-8
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.


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