GOD Commands Abraham To Offer Isaac As A Burnt Offering (G-22-HBS)

GOD COMMANDS ABRAHAM TO OFFER ISAAC

In this chapter we come to another great high point of the Bible. We are walking on mountain peaks in the Book of Genesis. Chapter 22 is the account of Abraham’s offering of his own son.

God commanded him to offer Isaac on the altar and then restrained him at the last minute when He saw that Abraham was willing to go through with it.

This chapter brings us to the seventh and last appearance of God to Abraham. After this, there is nothing more that God could ask Abraham to do. This is the supreme test that He brought to this man.

Genesis 22:1-10 KJV

[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.

Genesis 22:1 KJV

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.


  • We never are secure from trials In Hebrew, to tempt, and to try, or to prove, are expressed by the same word.
  • Every trial is indeed a temptation, and tends to show the dispositions of the heart, whether holy or unholy.
  • But God proved Abraham, not to draw him to sin, as Satan tempts.
  • Strong faith is often exercised with strong trials, and put upon hard services.

Genesis 22:2 KJV

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.


The command to offer up his son, is given in such language as makes the trial more grievous; every word here is a sword. Observe,

  1. The person to be offered: Take thy son; not thy bullocks and thy lambs. How willingly would Abraham have parted with them all to redeem Isaac! Thy son; not thy servant. Thine only son; thine only son by Sarah. Take Isaac, that son whom thou lovest.
  2. The place: three days’ journey off; so that Abraham might have time to consider, and might deliberately obey.
  3. The manner: Offer him for a burnt-offering; not only kill his son, his Isaac, but kill him as a sacrifice; kill him with all that solemn pomp and ceremony, with which he used to offer his burnt-offerings.

Genesis 22:3 KJV

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.


Never was any gold tried in so hot a fire. Who but Abraham would not have argued with God?

Such would have been the thought of a weak heart; but Abraham knew that he had to do with a God, even Jehovah.

  • Faith had taught him not to argue, but to obey.
  • He is sure that what God commands is good; that what he promises cannot be broken.
  • In matters of God, whoever consults with flesh and blood, will never offer up his Isaac to God.

Genesis 22:4 KJV

Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.


  • The good patriarch rises early, and begins his sad journey.
  • And now he travels three days, and Isaac still is in his sight!
  • Misery is made worse when long continued.

Genesis 22:5 KJV

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.


The expression, We will come again to you, shows that Abraham expected that Isaac, being raised from the dead, would return with him.

 

Genesis 22:6 KJV

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.


  • “Abraham took the wood . . . and laid it upon Isaac his son.” Remember that Christ carried His own cross.
  • The fire here speaks of judgment, and the knife speaks of the execution of judgment and of sacrifice.

Genesis 22:7 KJV

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?


  • It was a very affecting question that Isaac asked him, as they were going together: “My father,” said Isaac; it was a melting word, which, one would think, should strike deeper in the heart of Abraham, than his knife could in the heart of Isaac.
  • Yet he waits for his son’s question.

Genesis 22:8 KJV

And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.


Then Abraham, where he meant not, prophesies: “My son, God will provide a lamb for a burnt-offering.”

The Holy Spirit, by his mouth, seems to predict the Lamb of God, which he has provided, and which taketh away the sin of the world.

Genesis 22:9 KJV

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.


Abraham lays the wood in order for his Isaac’s funeral pile, and now tells him the amazing news: Isaac, thou art the lamb which God has provided!

  • Abraham, no doubt, comforting him with the same hopes with which he himself by faith was comforted.
  • Yet it is necessary that the sacrifice be bound.
  • The great Sacrifice, which, in the fulness of time, was to be offered up, must be bound, and so must Isaac.

Genesis 22:10 KJV

And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.


This being done, Abraham takes the knife, and stretches out his hand to give the fatal blow.

  • Here is an act of faith and obedience, which deserves to be a spectacle to God, angels, and men.
  • God, by his providence, calls us to part with an Isaac sometimes, and we must do it with cheerful submission to his holy will, 1 Samuel 3:18.

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