Genesis 22, Abraham tested

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  1. Helen

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    Here it is. THE famous story. Here are some points to note:

    1. Abraham obeyed immediately: "Early the next morning..."

    2. Abraham may have thought, after God's promise in Genesis 15:4-6, that Isaac was the promised Messiah. Note verse 5, where Abraham tells 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." "We" both times. Abraham had no idea of the impact of his statement when he told Isaac that God would provide the lamb. It appears, then, that there is a good possibility that Abraham thought his son Isaac was the Lamb of God!

    3. God refers to Isaac as Abraham's ONLY son! verse 12. Interesting...

    It is after this that Abraham received the promise, for the third time, that his descendants will be too numerous to count. In addition, the promise of the Messiah is again referred to, "and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."

    This reminds me of what Christ told His disciples: If you love me, you will obey me. No wonder Abraham is the father of those in the faith!

    The chapter closes with Abraham receiving the news that his brother has had eight sons. One of them, we know, will grow to the the father of Rebekah, who will become Isaac's wife in later years.

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    The part of the essay that has to do with this part of Abraham's life is below:

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    Helen isn't there a type and shadow of Abraham... being a representation of God... Offering Issac a representation of Jesus Christ upon the altar? or would the better illustration be the Ram caught in the thicket by his horns... Brother Glen [​IMG]

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    Helen I found this in Gill about how the sacrifice was to be performed... and offer him there for a burnt offering; this was dreadful work he was called to, and must be exceeding trying to him as a man, and much more as a parent, and a professor of the true religion, to commit such an action; for by this order he was to cut the throat of his son, then to rip him up, and cut up his quarters, and then to lay every piece in order upon the wood, and then burn all to ashes; and this he was to do as a religious action, with deliberation, seriousness, and devotion:... Brother Glen
     
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    Hello Helen,

    Thank You For reminding me That God always has that Perspective of love hidden away in the details...Only when I Concentrate on this Story Through Christs Eyes Can I See The true mindset and Passion of Abraham..
     
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    Hi Glen,
    Yes, I think there is a general consensus among Bible scholars that the sacrifice of Isaac, or attempted sacrifice of Isaac, is a foreshadowing of the sacrifice of Christ. And both Isaac and the ram are ‘types’ of Christ. Isaac in that he was the son and the ram in that God provided.

    On your second post, agghh. I never thought of that before. That is gruesome.

    Me2 – you’re welcome. I am the same way. Sometimes when someone tells me what they see in a particular passage, I will find myself saying “I never thought of it that way!” It is really a help. When we operate truly as a body, we learn so much and begin to understand so much more!

    God bless you both.
     
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    Hi, Helen. Just wanted to add my 2 cents (cutting out part of my post from another thread).

    You stated earlier about Ur & Nanna (where Abraham had come from). From Woolley's digs,

    My thoughts:
    In the end, though, we know he had supreme faith, but even more than faith, he was obedient. [​IMG]
    And isn't it said, obedience is better than sacrifice?

    Just some thoughts. [​IMG]
     
  7. Helen

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    I might have thought that, or wondered that, too, Eagle, except that God Himself had already spoken to Abraham several times. Abraham KNEW God.

    I can see where Abraham could have considered Isaac a child of the Promise. After all, Sarah was NINETY when she had him after so many years of barrenness. After so many years of following God already, of seeing Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed, of the Covenant being made -- so many things -- I don't think Abraham wondered about God any longer.
     
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