Genesis 22

Genesis 22

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The Sacrifice of Isaac

22 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take 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.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.

Now after these things it was told to Abraham, “Behold, Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor: Uz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram, Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” (Bethuel fathered Rebekah.) These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.

(ESV)


Genesis 22 Commentary

by Hank Workman

Trust the Promiser, not the promise.

This statement made by David Guzik speaks so boldly and truly goes to the core of this unbelievable story of Abraham and his call to sacrifice Isaac. This is probably one of the greatest acts of obedience in human history and one we marvel and question I’m sure. But God told Abraham to take this promised child Isaac to the mountain and sacrifice him. They had traveled some 50 miles to arrive even where this was to take place. But throughout all these years of God tweaking and working in Abraham’s life he learned he could trust God no matter what.

Trust the Promiser, not the promise.

We each must learn the difference between trusting the promise and trusting the Promiser. We can put God’s promise we believed we’ve been given before Him. We can choose to remind Him over and over again of what He’s said will come to pass. But in the end, our trust must not be in the promise being fulfilled but in the Promiser who can bring His will and fulfillment of the promise to take place. It’s a matter of where we’re concentrating our thoughts and actions. It’s a matter of where we’re looking and holding onto.

There’s not a hint of any hesitation on Abraham’s part when he was asked to do what he did. In fact, it states he rose early – he got up and they were off. It’s so hard to understand if we’re honest. But that’s the challenge for me at least here, Abraham trusted God even when he didn’t understand. He didn’t hesitate, he didn’t seek advice, he simply followed and obeyed.

Trust the Promiser, not the promise.

Where is God calling you to trust Him no matter what? Where is He asking you to believe His fulfillment of things? Where is He calling you to depend upon Him and follow without question even though it makes no sense?

Trust the Promiser, not the promise.


Genesis 22 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

God was faithful to Abraham and through this relationship, obedience was continually being renewed. God’s faithfulness was a catalyst for Abraham’s faith. But like James writes, faith must be proven. It is not found in empty words but in conscious actions. Faith lives in trials. If faith is a deep-sea creature, trials must be the vast ocean depths. It is there we learn to patiently endure, breathing underwater and trusting the One who has been with us our entire journey.

Abraham experienced this firsthand. He may have felt abandoned at sea, left to the confusion and turmoil of his mind. Sacrifice my son? How does this make any sense?

But God was bringing Abraham into the fold. Consider, once again, what it took for Abraham to become closer than any human being had ever been to God’s heart.

It took a trial.

It is not a coincidence that when James pens his book about faith without works being dead, he also writes about the joy that comes from trials. These two themes are inseparable in Scripture, yet, these painful struggles seem to always catch us off guard.

Genesis 22 beautifully captures God’s divine intervention when we choose to obey. Abraham didn’t have to follow through. He could have chosen to reject God’s invitation. In the end, his faith prevailed and he was able to experience the blessing of a deeper relationship with God. Isn’t that what all of us want in the end?

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