Chapter 22: The Testing of Abraham

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Asking the Unthinkable of Abraham *In Gen 12, God tells Abraham to "Go forth, to the land I will show you." Then God said: "Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Mariah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you." GENESIS 22: 2 *Abraham's first and last calls are purposeful.

oBoth tell him to "go forth" In first call, God is an* Look at the narrowing focus of God's second call.

*take your son your only son whom you love Isaac.

*God knows what He is asking Abraham to do.

Early the next morning Abraham saddled his donkey, took with him his son Isaac, and two of his servants as well, and with the wood that he had cut for the holocaust, set out for the place of which God had told him.

GENESIS 22: 3 *Why not bargain here (again)? *The Sodom and Gomorrah experience taught Abraham that it's not necessary.

*No matter what God does, it's done for a reason.

*Father I see fire and the wood but . . . .

*God WAS the one who provided the lamb.

*God WILL provide a lamb.

*Because there's no punctuation on original, could be rendered.

oGod himself will provide the sheep for the holocaust (Namely) my son." *Did Isaac passively accept??? *Why ask this of Abraham? *Isaac is the ultimate expressional/embodiment of God's promise to Abraham.

*Build Abraham's faith in his own judgment.

*Lies to protect life (2 times).

*Risks Sarah's well being it enrich self.

*Uses a surrogate mother to bypass God's promise of a son.

*Questions God's sense of judgment over Sodom and Gomorrah.

*Not about doing what...