He was given plenty of time to change his mind. But remember what we’ve covered so far. A surface reading may hide a character’s motivations and intentions. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. You have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, : For the third time, God refers to Isaac as Abraham’s, that comes to those who trust God’s promise, and trust it so completely that they will take action on that belief. Do no harm to him. This is supported by the style and composition of these verses, as well as by the use of the name Yahweh for the deity. Follow the theme of the Messiah through the pages of the Bible. This is the point that Paul makes when he draws language from Genesis 22 to ask, “He who did not spare his own son, but gave him up for us all, will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31). The good news is that the answer to both questions is, “Yes!” Let’s take a look. a. Moriah is only mentioned one other place in the Bible. This was the child Abraham had waited 25 years for during his old age. This taking of an additional wife or concubine was recognized as legal and was culturally accepted in the ancient world, including the world Abraham and the patriarchs lived in. Then at the same time he wished to see how faithful and obedient Abraham would be to his commands; how fully Abraham would trust in God, or, as we would say, how great was Abraham's faith in God. Explore the generous love of God in the Bible. [4], The Jewish Publication Society suggests Abraham's apparent complicity with the sacrifice was actually his way of testing God. c. Abraham believed he would return with Isaac before he walked up the mountain -, 5. For the Islamic creed, see. Or consider Isaac’s question about where the lamb for the sacrifice would come from. 3. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. Abraham’s sacrifice began the day he left home. For Abraham believed that in some way God would bring back Isaac to life. As the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore. An introduction for how to read the Bible well. But there’s a problem. Andy Patton is on staff at L'Abri Fellowship in England and is the co-editor of Three Things Newsletter. Although this problem lurks in the background of Abraham’s story, God reaffirms his promise. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. Why would God promise him a son and then take the son away? Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor, : When Abraham left Ur of the Chaldeans, he also left his brother. Just as God called the prophet Hosea to act the part of God in marrying a prostitute (Hosea 1) and told Ezekiel to lie on his side for over a year to symbolize the siege of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 4), so God asked Abraham to play the part of God in the sacrifice of his own son. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. By interpolating the first appearance of the angel, a later redactor shifted responsibility for halting the test from Abraham to the angel (v. 11–12). And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”, The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time. (Genesis 22:13). The second angelic appearance, in which Abraham is rewarded for his obedience (v. 14–18), became necessary due to that shift of responsibility.