Story of Abraham and Isaac
When you hear about the story of Abraham and Isaac in the bible, what exactly comes to your mind? Does it intrigue you?
This is one of the strongest worded stories in the Bible, and most people don’t have a true understanding of the meaning behind it.
Let’s take a close look at Genesis 22 after the promise of a Son (Isaac), had been fulfilled.
This is a story deeply rooted in trust and disobedience of God and his spoken word.
Let’s take a look at an overview of the story and then dig into some of the deeper meaning behind it.
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Summary Of The Abraham And Isaac story
God had promised Abraham and his wife Sarah, a son. Years after the promise had been fulfilled, God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, his son, the one he loved. God did this to test the faith and love Abraham had for him. God tells Abraham: “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” Genesis 22.
And Abraham didn’t hesitate in making preparations and setting out the next day with his son. Abraham grabbed his son, laid him on the altar, lifted a knife to sacrifice him, and the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
It was a picture of the relationship between God the Father and Jesus. Jesus was a type of Isaac. If you remember, Abraham sacrificed Isaac in his mind before God stopped him and provided a ram as a substitute.
Some people get the impression that Abraham was not stronger than Isaac; Isaac was just a small child he picked up with ease and put on the altar and tried sacrificing him. But that’s not true.
Jewish tradition, recorded by Josephus, says that Isaac was 25 years old at the time. So naturally, he was stronger than his father, who was older than him by 100 years. Isaac willingly laid down on that altar when he understood the significance of what was about to happen because of submission. He went to the altar out of submission to his father. Isaac laid down his life just as Jesus laid down his life willingly; he wasn’t forced to go to the cross.
Another aspect of this story is that Abraham believed in God, and he was a symbol of faith. That is, he was the father of faith. He believed in God, Isaac came into his life as a fulfillment of the promise. You could see the difference between Isaac and Ishmael.
Isaac was the son of promise, Ishmael was the son of compromise. They’re two different things. Isaac was the evidence of the benefits of patience alongside faith and obedience.
What was the story you were taught in church about Abraham and his son Isaac? And when was the last time you discussed it?
If you went to Sunday school, you probably studied this story. You likely learned that Abraham was the paradigm of the good, religious person. He did exactly what God told him to do. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam often teach that submission to the word of God is a prime requirement and is what Abraham models.
Lessons learned from Abraham and Isaac’s story. Why is it important?
If you’ve been to an expository bible study meeting where the story of Abraham and Isaac was the topic, you’ll find three things shared in this story; Faith, Patience & Obedience.
Let’s dive into knowing more about these three striking lessons.
Faith: Abraham had complete trust in God, which was evident in how he exhibited patience and obedience. At the same time, Isaac had faith in his father Abraham and the God of his father. You may not get the entire picture of what God is doing in your life or planning for you. But as long as you believe he sees your future, you must learn to have faith ultimately. Unshakable faith pleases God.
Patience: we could see patience in the way Abraham trusted God for a son. Your mind may be drawn to the fact that he had Ishmael before the son of promise came. It didn’t stop him from proving his patience in waiting for the promise. God is never late.
Obedience: Abraham loved God, so he proved it in his obedience by trying to sacrifice his son (the one he loved). This shows the absolute priority and reverence he had for God. In your walk with God, nothing should compete or close with the love you have for God. Let God be your absolute choice and the only authority in your heart.
Most Mommon Bible Verses From The Abraham and Isaac Story.
Relating specifically to the story of Abraham and his son Isaac, you can find these verses more commonly used today.
Genesis 22:7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
Genesis 22: 8 “Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
Genesis 12:3 “And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you, I will curse. And in you, all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Genesis 22:12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
As much as we may try to make excuses for the issues we go through in our lives, our level of faith, obedience, and patience determine how far God can use us to drive his purposes on earth.
Abraham understood that covenant makes accountable to man; he believed in God to bring his word to pass and make a way out of any problematic situation.
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Have faith, patiently obeying his words – this advice will never guide you wrong.