Genesis 22: God Tests Abraham

June 22, 2023 ·

Summary: 

God tells Abraham to go up a hill and sacrifice his son, Isaac. Abraham sets off to do this, but when he is about to kill his son, God commands Abraham to stop. God provides a ram for Abraham to sacrifice instead of Isaac. God is pleased with Abraham because he was willing even to kill his son for the sake of God. God restates his promises to Abraham. Abraham goes back to live in Beersheba. Abraham finds out that his brother Nahor has a bunch of kids through his wife, and his concubine. 

Key verse: 

  1. Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
  1. He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”

My thoughts: 

Only once in the Bible is human sacrifice supported by God, and that is the sacrifice of His own son, Jesus. There are many things that can be seen in this chapter when it is viewed with the knowledge that Jesus died and rose again. Firstly, we may find it bizarre and cruel that God expects Abraham to allow his own son to die—the same son whom God promised to make a great nation out of. However, once we realize that God Himself had to go through the same thing without anyone saying stop, we can see that God understands what Abraham would have gone through. Additionally, when Abraham says, “God Himself will provide the lamb,” this can be paralleled with God providing Jesus, the Lamb of God, as a sacrifice for us. Furthermore, when the ram is killed instead of Isaac, we can once again see parallels with Jesus dying in our place. Mount Moriah, where Abraham intends to sacrifice Isaac, is actually identified as Jerusalem’s temple mount in 2 Chronicles 3:1. Therefore, we also have similarities between Abraham’s journey and Jesus riding a donkey towards Jerusalem—their place of sacrifice. The difference is that while a sheep was killed in Isaac’s place, Jesus had no such luck. He is the lamb who dies in our place.

I like how God says, “I swear by myself.” I mean, there’s not actually a lot else God can swear by…

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