May 27 – Genesis 22:9-14
May 27 – Genesis 22:9-14
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Father, I have to admit that I don’t have the right words to share how these verses make me feel. Part of me is proud of Abraham and his obedience, and another part is sickened by the actions he had to take to be obedient. What I know for sure is that I cannot rely on my emotions. That has been proven many times. You gave us emotions for a reason, but I know we can’t make decisions based on emotions. We have to make our decisions based on truth. That had to be how Abraham was able to take the steps to be obedient to You. I know he loved Isaac very much and I imagine his emotions were screaming to save his beloved son, but he knew without a doubt the truth that You were calling him to sacrifice his son. I can’t imagine the struggle that took place in Abraham that day and the relief when Your angel stopped him. I can picture him untying Isaac and holding him close and trying to explain what had just happened. Isaac trusted his father. That was evident, as Abraham trusts You, as a Father, a Creator, and as Lord. Isaac was raised knowing the trust Abraham had in You. What a testimony of faith Isaac witnessed that day. Help my life and my trust in You be a witness for those I encounter that they would see You in a new way. Help me be like Abraham and have complete trust and faith in You. Help me be obedient to You. Help me see You, love You, hear You, and trust You more every day. Help me become more like Jesus and less like me each day. Thank You for loving me even when I am disobedient. I know You love me and not always what I do, but I truly want to please You and make You proud that I am Your child.
In Jesus’ name.
From this passage, what can we assume about the attitude Isaac had toward Abraham and God?
We typically think of Isaac as a young boy when this occurred, but he was actually a young man, at least a teenager, and able to fight off what might have felt like an attack. Why do you think he allowed himself to be bound and put on the altar?
We know that faith without works is dead. How did Abraham display his faith to both Isaac and God?
Has God ever met you in a time of testing or great need? How could you commemorate that time in your life?
9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”