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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Truth about Abraham and Issac Explored...

So what did you see?
Looking at Genesis 22 how would you describe the faith of Abraham and Isaac?  Thoughts at DTTB.
Here are my observations from Genesis 22:5, 8, 9, 10:
  • I and the lad will go…and return (verse 5) – Abraham fully expected Isaac to return with him from the sacrifice there are at least two reasons for this.  First…
  • God will provide for Himself the lamb… (verse 8) – Abraham believed that there would be a substitute, or…
  • Abraham believed that should there not be, God would raise Isaac from the dead.  For in fact God had already raised Isaac from Sarah’s dead womb.
  • …Bound his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar… (verse 9) – Isaac had to cooperate with this.  This indicates that he understood what his father did that the promise of God was sure.  It seems that he shared his father’s faith that he would survive.
  • …and took the knife to slay his son… (verse 10) – Abraham was completely sold out to his trust that God would do what He said He would do.  He did not know how God was going to pull this off, but that was the case with Isaac’s birth in the first place.  Abraham believed and moved without hesitation to obey.
There is much more here but these are some key observations.  One good exercise with your kids is to have them imagine the questions or thoughts that Isaac may have had on the trip to the mountain, on the way up the hill, and as he and Abraham were preparing the altar.

Interact with them and tell them how you would feel as Abraham.

Then pray together for the Lord to increase your faith.

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