Week 2  Day 6

This is a test
Will Abraham obey God's command
      even though it means
      giving up his dearly-loved son

Abraham knew God's voice
The directive was clear
      but clear
It seems God wanted Isaac back

No mention is made of the Tempter
Nothing is said of Abraham wrestling with God
      but you can play those scenes out
      in your own mind
Abraham's actions showed
      complete obedience
      supreme allegiance
Nothing would stand between Abraham and God

Abraham lived with an attitude of trust
      believing that whatever happened
      a good God was in charge

While Abraham and Isaac were ascending the mountain
      a ram
      out of sight on the other side
      was also climbing to the same point

Abraham passed the test
      no doubt about it.

                  And Abraham went out, . . . not knowing.

                                              Genesis 22

    1After these things God tested Abraham, and said to him,
"Abraham!"  And he said, "Here I am."  2Then God said,
"Take now 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."
    3Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his
donkey.  He took two of his young men and Isaac, split the
wood for the burnt offering, and went to the place of which
God had told him.  4Then on the third day Abraham lifted
eyes and saw the place afar off.  5And Abraham said
to his
young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and
I will go
yonder and worship, and we will come back to you."
    6So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and
laid it
on Isaac; he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and
the two
of them went together.  7 Isaac spoke and said,
"My father!"  
He said, "Here I am, my son."  Then Isaac said,
"Look, the fire
and the wood, but where is the lamb for a
burnt offering?" 
8Abraham said, "My son, God will provide
the lamb
."  So the two of them went together.
    9Then they came to the place of which God had told him.
Abraham built an altar and placed the wood in order; he
bound Isaac and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 
Abraham took the knife to slay his son.
    11But the Angel of the Lord called to him and said,
"Abraham, Abraham!  Do not lay your hand on the lad,
or do
anything to him; for now I know that you fear God,
since you
have not withheld your son, your only son,
from Me."

    13Then Abraham looked, and there behind him was a
caught in a thicket by its horns.  Abraham took the
ram, and
offered it up for a burnt offering instead of
his son.  14Abraham
called the name of the place,
The-Lord-Will-Provide; as is said
to this day, "In the Mount
of the Lord it shall be provided."

    15Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second
time, 16and said: "I have sworn, says the Lord, because
have not withheld your son--17 I will bless you, and
I will
multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven
and as
the sand which is on the seashore; and your
shall possess the gate of their enemies.  18 In
your seed all
the nations of the earth shall be blessed,
because you have
obeyed My voice."
                           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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