Sacrifice Of Isaac

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Genesis (22:1-19): Sacrifice of Isaac
The testing of Abraham is one of the greatest stories in the book of Genesis. It is the ultimate testing of one’s faith in the Lord. This story emphasizes how vital the importance of trusting (or faith) in the Lord and his plan for you is. In this story, Genesis (22:1-19) Abraham is given the ultimate test of his faith by doing as the Lord asks of him, when the Lord declares that he must sacrifice his only, beloved son, Isaac. This task is painfully difficult for Abraham to follow through with, especially because he is God’s chosen patriarch.
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The God would be expected to accept the sacrifice of the patriarch’s first son. After all “all firstborn sons belong to God” (Genesis “footnotes” 22:1-19)
Abraham is steadfast with his faith in the Lord and when Isaac asks him where the sacrifice was (the lamb), he replies, “God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8). This was a lie told by Abraham, and Isaac was completely clueless. Without any thought, Abraham “reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son” (22:10). By this point, Abraham has proved his faith in the orders of the Lord, and the Lord is beyond satisfied with his trust in him. He sends a messenger (if you will), an angel, to demand to Abraham, “Do not lay your hand on the boy… for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me” (22:12). This means that Abraham was about to abide by the orders of the Lord, even though it was agonizing. His reward for passing the test is being able to keep his son after all. Isaac was saved because of his father’s faith in the Lord.
Child sacrifice in the bible was common. After all, there are there are total of sixty verses about child sacrifice. Most of them include sacrificing the child/children as offerings, even though most of the time it was a lamb or a common animal. Modern culture frowns upon the act of filicide, the killing of ones own son or daughter, and parallels Greek society’s view that child sacrifice was not an option. Today, people go to prison and serve life sentences, even execution and death penalties for this type of ...

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