Lesson No. 579
Genesis Chapter 22
My Son, The Lord Himself Will Provide a Lamb"

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CHAPTER 22
 
1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham. And he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. 3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father. And he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham. And he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. 15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 and said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. 19 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba. 20 And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor; 21 Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram, 22 and Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel. 23 And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 24 And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.

Lesson No. 579           “My Son, The Lord Himself Will Provide a Lamb"
Genesis Chapter 22                                             08/15/2021
 
1)      Our friend Abraham has had a list of trials (also known as blessings!): pulling-up stakes, dealing with kingdoms, fighting five kings, 25 years waiting for promise of God, and now….
 
2)      Abraham serves God for many years , but what does God do to him in verse 1?  Why?  What is it that God wants Abraham to do?  (Hint: verse 2)
 
3)       Did Abraham question God about the sacrifice he was to offer?  Verse 2 is clear that Isaac is to be the sacrifice ….’offer your son’ with no mention of a substitute animal sacrifice.
 
4)      Verses 6, 7, and 8 has interesting dialogue between Isaac and Abraham.  Do you see any lack of faith from Abraham?  How about Isaac? Note the wood placed on Isaac’s back- sound familiar?
 
5)      Do you think Abraham knew God would not have him kill Isaac?
 
6)      Abraham builds the alter, outfits it with the wood, BINDS Isaac, takes the knife, and on the down-stroke (verse 10) what happens?  (Hint: verse 11)
 
7)      Abraham with full faith was going to sacrifice Isaac.  Do you think by showing faith, Abraham knew God would spare Isaac or, bring him back from the dead?  Remember God’s promise to Abraham and his ‘seed’?  What does God say through an angel?  (Hint: 11-12)
 
8)      What was God’s sacrifice?  (Hint: verse 13)
 
9)      So what did God do after Abraham passed his test of faith? (14-18)
 
10)   This sacrifice was a foreshadowing of Jesus’ death on the cross:  Abraham represents Father God, Isaac as the sacrifice represents Jesus the Lamb, and the fire from the burnt offering represents Holy Fire or the Holy Spirit.  Here, God spared Abraham’s son…..God the Father didn’t.  “How great the Father’s love for us….”  as the song goes!


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