Last week, we looked at Adam and Eve committing the first sin and getting kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Then we looked at the first murder, and then God decided things had become so bad, he was going to reset and start over. Noah was his chosen man, to obey God's instructions and receive God's promise. This week, we'll be looking Abraham, the promises God makes to him, and how God keeps those promise. Watch the video:
Today's passage is from Genesis 22: 1-14. Here it is below in the Good News Translation, but feel free to read it in a different translation at home:
Some time later God tested Abraham; he called to him, “Abraham!” And Abraham answered, “Yes, here I am!”
“Take your son,” God said, “your only son, Isaac, whom you love so much, and go to the land of Moriah. There on a mountain that I will show you, offer him as a sacrifice to me.”
Early the next morning Abraham cut some wood for the sacrifice, loaded his donkey, and took Isaac and two servants with him. They started out for the place that God had told him about. On the third day Abraham saw the place in the distance. Then he said to the servants, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there and worship, and then we will come back to you.”
Abraham made Isaac carry the wood for the sacrifice, and he himself carried a knife and live coals for starting the fire. As they walked along together, Isaac spoke up, “Father!”
He answered, “Yes, my son?”
Isaac asked, “I see that you have the coals and the wood, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?”
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide one.” And the two of them walked on together.
When they came to the place which God had told him about, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. He tied up his son and placed him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he picked up the knife to kill him. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!”
He answered, “Yes, here I am.”
“Don't hurt the boy or do anything to him,” he said. “Now I know that you honor and obey God, because you have not kept back your only son from him.”
Abraham looked around and saw a ram caught in a bush by its horns. He went and got it and offered it as a burnt offering instead of his son. Abraham named that place “The Lord Provides.” And even today people say, “On the Lord's mountain he provides.”
Heavenly Father, thankyou that you have always had a rescue plan in mind for us, to save us from our own sin. We're sorry that we turn away from you and do things wrong, and live how we want to live instead of how you want us to live. Please fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we may know how to live your way, and have the strength to be more like Jesus each day. Amen.