Genesis 22 tells of a young man, ropes around his wrists, and stretched across firewood that’s been put together as an altar. There is a father, standing above him, with a knife lifted in his hand. “Take your son,” God had told Abraham, “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.” That’s where they are: on Moriah. The place where the father is to sacrifice his son. Yet he doesn’t. A split second before the knife plummets, the angel of the Lord stops Abraham. Instead of his son, the father offers a ram caught in a nearby thicket as a burnt offering. Here is where the story begins. On Mt. Moriah, God provides a substitute to die in Isaac’s place. What is going on in this dramatic story? What is happening on this mountain is far from over. What Abraham could not do, a greater one did. Later David had the temple built on Mt. Moriah. This all points us to Christ. Jesus is the lamb of God, upon the altar of the cross, who transforms Golgotha into Moriah. He is the substitute, by whose sacrifice we are not just spared, but welcomed into the life and family of the Father. When Abraham offered a ram in the stead of Isaac, he called the name of this place Yahweh-Yireh (Gen. 22:14), meaning, “The LORD will provide,” as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.”
Indeed, it will. And it was. God provided his Son. And in that Son, we receive everything.
Pray for the things promised in this verse:
Matthew 4:4 “But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Read Genesis 22 and discuss as many of these questions as you have time.
- After years of waiting for their son Abraham (100 when Isaac was born) and Sarah (90 when Isaac was born). God gives an amazing assignment Throughout the story, none of Abraham’s or Sarah’s or Isaac’s emotions are recorded. What do you think was going through their minds?
- What was the “test” from God for Abraham? What do you learn about God’s tests? How does James 1:12-13 make a difference between “test” and “tempt?”
- What do you learn about Abraham from verses 3-10?
- What does Hebrews 11:18-19 tell you about Abraham’s faith? Do you think Abraham would have actually killed Isaac?
- Verses 11-12 tell of “the angel of the Lord” speaking? Who is this?
- A God provided sacrifice was offered. Are you ever asked to sacrifice to God? Do you do it or just think about doing it?
- “God will provide” is the name of the place as the Lord reaffirms His covenant with Abraham. How is this promise helpful for Abraham? How is this promise helpful to you this week?
- Do any of the names of Nahor’s children stick out to you? Why?
- What new lesson (or old lesson you were reminded of) nourished your faith today?
Pray for and With Each other.
Please include the Sr. Pastor Call Committee members in your prayers: Dave Dryburg, Allison Kopins, Eric Ross, Joe Cook, Cheri Lytikainen, Karen Syrek, Michael Martin, Nathan Schilling and Leslie Hassenrick.
Pray for our country as we move forward following our national elections.