God made Abraham a promise. What was this promise? If you remember, God promised Abraham and Sarah that they will have a son. That seems impossible, because both of them were old. However, Abraham believed that God could do the impossible. After God made this promise, a whole year past by. When Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah was ninety years old, they had a baby boy named Isaac. God kept his promise!
What is Abraham doing in the above picture?! He has a knife, and it looks like he is going to kill his own son! Why would he do this? When Isaac had grown older, Jehovah tested Abraham’s faith. He called: ‘Abraham!’ And Abraham answered: ‘Here I am!’ Then God said: ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, and go to a mountain that I will show you. There kill your son and offer him up as a sacrifice.’
He most likely did not understand the reason for God’s command, but did he do it? Yes, he did. Abraham was very sad because he loved his son very much. He also remembered that God had promised Abraham’s children would live in the land of Ca’naan. Abraham did not understand, but still he obeyed. He took Isaac to the mountain, tied him up, and put him on the altar he built.
What happened when Abraham took out the knife to kill Isaac? But just at that moment God’s angel called: ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And Abraham answered: ‘Here I am!’ ‘Don’t hurt the boy or do anything to him,’ God said. ‘Now I know that you have faith in me, because you have not held back your son, your only one, from me.’
Abraham had great faith in God. He believed that nothing was impossible for Jehovah, and that Jehovah could even raise Isaac from the dead. So God caused a sheep to get caught in some nearby bushes, and he told Abraham to sacrifice it instead of his son.
JW. (1978). God Tests Abraham’s Faith. In My Book of Bible Stories (p. 13). New York City, NY: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York.
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