Heb 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, (18) Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: (19) Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
The account of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, his son, is found in Gen 22:1-19.
Abraham’s faith in the promises of God was put to the test when he was called upon to sacrifice his son, Isaac. We had seen previously, that the conception and birth of Isaac was the result of a promise that God had given to Abraham and Sara (Heb 11:11-12).
A part of the original promise given by God was… “thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, [and] with his seed after him” Gen 17:19. God promised that Abraham would have a son (Isaac), and also, God promised that Isaac would have descendants who would inherit the promises of His covenant.
In our Hebrews text, we read that Abraham’s faith was tried when he was called upon to offer up his son, Isaac. As a result of his faith, he was compliant to God’s wishes and was prepared to complete the sacrifice. What was his motivation to make this incredibly difficult decision? He knew God was faithful in keeping His promises and He had power over physical death.
Basically, Abraham thought along these lines…
- God has promised me that Isaac would have descendants.
- As of yet, Isaac has had no children.
- I know that God will not break His promise, therefore, God is not done with Isaac.
- If God is not done with Isaac, God will still fulfill His promise and use Isaac, even if I sacrifice him.
- Therefore, if I sacrifice Isaac, God (having all-power) will raise Isaac from the dead and use Isaac for His glory to fulfill His promises to me (Abraham).
WHAT GREAT FAITH!!!! Abraham’s faith was blessed, as God supplied the ram as a replacement for Isaac. God received the ram as a “figure” (symbolic replacement) of Isaac.
Would to God, when we are called upon to serve will remember His faithfulness to His promises and His all-mighty power to intervene and give us the victory.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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