The command to sacrifice Isaac. Nahor’s descendents.
VERSE 1. After these things, God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” He said, “Here I am.”
VERSE 2. He said, “Now take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go into the land of Moriah. Offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of.”
Offer him there as a burnt offering. Offering a sacrifice is a priestly activity.
The LORD God is calling Abraham to step into the role of a priest.
VERSE 3. Abraham rose early in the morning, and saddled his donkey; and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son. He split the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place of which God had told him.
VERSE 4. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place far off.
VERSE 5. Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there. We will worship, and come back to you.”
VERSE 6. Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. He took in his hand the fire and the knife. They both went together.
VERSE 7. Isaac spoke to Abraham his father, and said, “My father?” He said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
VERSE 8. Abraham said, “God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they both went together.
VERSE 9. They came to the place which God had told him of. Abraham built the altar there, and laid the wood in order, bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, on the wood.
VERSE 10. Abraham stretched out his hand, and took the knife to kill his son.
VERSE 11. The LORD’s angel called to him out of the sky, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” He said, “Here I am.”
VERSE 12. He said, “Don’t lay your hand on the boy 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.”
VERSE 13. Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and saw that behind him was a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering instead of his son.
VERSE 14. Abraham called the name of that place “The LORD Will Provide”. As it is said to this day, “On the LORD’s mountain, it will be provided.”
The LORD Will Provide. That is, the LORD Jireh, or, the LORD Seeing
For Abraham, God provided a substitutionary sacrifice. Instead of sacrificing his own son, Abraham sacrificed the ram.
In our day, a sacrifice needed to be made for our sins. Instead of sacrificing us, God provided a substitutionary sacrifice: Jesus Christ.
For us, God has provided.
VERSE 15. The LORD’s angel called to Abraham a second time out of the sky,
VERSE 16. and said, “ ‘I have sworn by myself,’ says the LORD, ‘because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son,
because you have done this thing. The LORD God commends Abraham for what he did.
not withheld your son. Sometimes the LORD God calls us to make a sacrifice. We are to act in faith and carry out that sacrifice.
However, God sometimes stops us before we complete the sacrifice. Even though we didn’t complete it, he counts it as if we did.
At other times, God has us go through with the sacrifice.
In either case, God blesses us, as long as we are faithful to his call.
Has God called you to sacrifice anything?
VERSE 17. that I will bless you greatly, and I will multiply your offspring greatly like the stars of the heavens, and like the sand which is on the seashore. Your offspring will possess the gate of his enemies.
VERSE 18. All the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring, because you have obeyed my voice.’ ”
VERSE 19. So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba. Abraham lived at Beersheba.
VERSE 20. After these things, Abraham was told, “Behold, Milcah, she also has borne children to your brother Nahor:
VERSE 21. Uz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram,
VERSE 22. Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.”
VERSE 23. Bethuel became the father of Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.
VERSE 24. His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.
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