Abraham’s Test

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, ‘Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.’ He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.” – Hebrews 11:17-19

“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 Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son…. 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.'” – Genesis 22:2-3a, 6a, 7-14

This is one of the most profound displays of Faith the Bible has to offer. Abraham steps up and is willing to put the only heir to God’s promise to death at God’s command, fully trusting that the Lord will provide. And He did. 

Admirable Qualities of Abraham’s Faith:

  • He set everything on the line for God’s greater good (cf. Gen 50:20, Rom 8:28)
    • He didn’t question God but followed him wholeheartedly, no matter how much it might hurt. 
  • He was obedient even to the point of earthly impossibility. 

Would you follow God into the weeds like that? It takes a great deal of Faith to follow blindly down a road that seems to have no logical exit or solution. But, God always has something in mind if we’re willing to follow. 

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4

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