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Genesis 22:1-24

Genesis 22:1-24

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Published by John Shearhart
God tests Abraham with the sacrifice of Isaac and reveals more of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
God tests Abraham with the sacrifice of Isaac and reveals more of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Genesis 22:1-24
 August 14, 2013
We’re studying through Genesis, and today we come to one of the greatest chapters of the Bible. Abraham has been walking with God for more than 25 yearssince He called him out of Ur into the Promised Land. After a long wait God finallygave him the son He’d been promised, and now it’s time to test Abraham’s faith:
 And it came to pass after these things,
After Abraham cut a covenant with Abimelech over the well at Beersheba,
that God did tempt Abraham,
Now don’t get confused about this. “
 Let no man say when he is tempted, I amtempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any  man
” (Jas. 1:13). The key word here being “evil.” There’s a difference betweenSatan tempting men to commit evil and God tempting men (or testing them) toprove their faith. This tempting isn’t to get Abraham to do something he shouldn’t but something to prove his faith. So, in this sense, God tempted Abraham.
and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
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 And he said,Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac,
Now, remember that Abraham does have another son (Ishmael), but God rejectedhim in the inheritance. Isaac is the son of the promise, and God says, “
 In him shallthy seed be called
” (Gen. 21:12). So, take your only son,
whom thou lovest,
It seems a strange thing to point out that the father loves the son, but it emphasizesthe personal sacrifice about to be made. This isn’t some stranger; it’s not the familypet—this is Abraham’s only son whom he loves.
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 thee of.
Wow. A burnt offering. That means everything is totally given over to God. He’llhave to cut Isaac’s throat and then set him on fire. That’s a pretty tall order, but especially so for a man who waited 100 years to receive his son. Now, is Godtaking him back?
 
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 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and tooktwo of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave
[split]
the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
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Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
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 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye herewith the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come againto you.
Now, this is the first statement of faith we hear from Abraham. Because of it I’mconvinced that Abraham never had the reaction of fear most of us would have had.Think about it: Abraham lied to Pharaoh and Abimelech to save his own life eventhough God had promised to take care of him. It didn’t make sense that Abrahamcould die before his son was born, so he should have known he was invincible. Inother words, all Abraham had to do was say, “God promised that I’d have a son andthat I’d name him Isaac. Since I have no son to name, then I can’t die at least untilhe’s born and I name him.” Then there would have been no reason to fear.Now we see Abraham later in life and his faith seems to have maturedenormously. God says, “Go sacrifice your son,” and Abraham reasons: “God saidthat my son will have a son, so there’s no way he can die or at least he can’t staydead until he has a son.” Listen to what Hebrews says:
 By faith Abraham, when hewas tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up hisonly begotten son,
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Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed becalled:
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 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; fromwhence also he received him in a figure
(Heb. 11:17-19).He probably didn’t know exactly what would happen, but he seems to have knownwhat 
wouldn’t
. Isaac can’t die, but even if he can, he cannot stay dead.
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 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
 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 thewood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 
Isaac knows they’re going off to make a sacrifice, but he realizes there’s no lamb.“We have everything we need, but we don’t have a sacrifice.”
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 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burntoffering:
 
Here’s the second statement of faith. “If God wants a burnt offering He’s eithergoing to have to resurrect my son so He can keep His promise to me or He’s goingto have to stop me and provide a lamb. Whatever happens, I’m doing what Godsaid because I know He keeps His promises.”
 so they went both of them together.
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 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood inorder, and bound Isaac his son,
 Just for mental clarity, Isaac is probably a young man by now and not a little boy.
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 The Hebrew words for “young men” and “lad” in verse five is the same word.
and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
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 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
Well, this is the moment of truth:
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 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
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 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know thatthou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
Obviously God hasn’t learned some new information; Abraham’s faith has beenmade plain. He feared God, and here’s the proof.
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 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.
Now here’s a great picture: the sheep died in Isaac’s place!
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 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said tothis day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
 Jehovahjireh means “God sees.” God sees what’s needed and He provides. “In themount of the Lord, what we need shall be seen.”
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 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the secondtime,
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 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
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