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Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

“Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. -Genesis 22:1-13

At 100 years old, Abraham finally received his promised son, Isaac.

I don’t really know what that’s like, to hope and desire a child so much. To deal with the heartache of emptiness year after year. But after much time, when their bodies were as good as dead (as the Hebrews 11 puts it), God did the miraculous. The gift of life.

A year before he was born, Abraham was given his name, and with it the promise that God would keep his covenant with Isaac, not Ishmael. Isaac was the promised child.

Some time passes, although we are unsure, at least 10 or more years. Abraham is given a test. “Sacrifice your son.” The ultimate test.

One view of this passage would be that God was testing Abraham and his love. Does Abraham love God more than he loves his only son. Would he be willing to give up his son?

I’m not so sure this is what God was really testing. I believe it is more of a test of his faith. Yes the above argument would be a test of his faith alone. Trusting the lives of my children into the hand of God is an act of faith, but I think there is more going on here than that.

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

Abraham was clinging to the promise he had received. God was very specific that Isaac would be the receiver of the promise. Isaac, who was still young at this time, still had his whole life to live. This may seem a little obvious, but it’s impossible to live if you’re dead. Abraham knew he would come off the mountain top with his son. He thought God was going to do it another way. He believed in the resurrection. It is no wonder Abraham is considered the father of our faith.
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This account is a beautiful reminder of the lamb that was offered to replace me.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53:7

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 1 John 1:18-19

Isaac is a forerunner of Christ. Although Abraham’s only son didn’t die, God’s only Son did. The final sacrifice. But death couldn’t hold Him! We now live in the power and the hope of the Resurrection.

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Family Devotion:

Gather Crescent Rolls, large marshmallows, butter, sugar and cinnamon, Bible and Ornament

Read the passage together. Talk about what it would have been like for Isaac and Abraham. What kind of feeling should they both have knowing there were going to make a sacrifice without a lamb. What was it like for Isaac to be tied up by his dad? Explain that Abraham thought God was going to bring Isaac back to life, but instead he provided a ram. Pray together, thanking Jesus for being our sacrificial lamb and coming back to life.

Make Resurrection Rolls together. Unroll 1 package of rolls and place on a pan. (preheat oven) Melt butter, roll 1 large marshmallow in butter and then in sugar and spice. Carefully wrap 1 roll around the mallow, being sure to pinch all areas closed. Bake in oven. Let them cool slightly; when you bite into them, the roll will be empty and filled with melted mallow yumminess. Click here to see my full recipe.

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