Lesson 11: Abraham Was Commanded to Offer Isaac
Many times in our lesson about Abraham we have seen what great faith he had. In this lesson we will learn how Abraham through his great faith in God has been a wonderful example to all people.
This time God's command to Abraham was a very difficult one for Abraham to obey. God told Abraham to take his only son Isaac and go to the land of Moriah and offer Isaac as a burnt offering to God. Now you could understand that this would be the hardest thing that Abraham could do. Abraham loved Isaac very much, just like our father and mother love us. But, God said that Isaac must be slain and offered as a sacrifice to God. Abraham knew that God had been wonderful to him in the past. So, now he was going to show his great faith in God again. He knew that in some way God would provide or take care of them again.
It took three days for Abraham, Isaac, and a few servants to reach the land of Moriah. Abraham told the servants to wait while he and Isaac went up the mountain to sacrifice to God. Isaac didn't yet realize that he was to be slain for the offering. Isaac asked Abraham where the lamb for the offering was. Abraham replied that God would provide (Genesis 22:7-8). When the altar was ready, Abraham tied Isaac and laid him on the altar. Isaac, too, must have had much faith and courage because he willingly let himself be tied for the offering. Now Abraham raised his sharp knife ready to slay Isaac... but just then, an angel of God called Abraham and told him to stop. The angel told Abraham to look into one of the bushes and they would find a ram caught for the offering. How happy andthankful Abraham and Isaac must have been. How pleased God always is when his children try to obey Him.
God renewed His promises to Abraham (Genesis 22:15-18). God told Abraham that he would surely be blessed because he so willingly obeyed God. God told him that all nations of the earth would be blessed through him and through Abraham's seed. We know that Jesus Christ is the direct seed and descendent of Abraham (Galatians 3:16).
- What did God command Abraham to do?
- What was the name of the land where Abraham was to go to offer Isaac?
- How many days did it take Abraham and Isaac to reach the land of Moriah?
- What did Abraham answer when Isaac asked where the lamb for the sacrifice was?
- Why do you think Isaac was brave?
- What happened when Abraham raised his knife ready to slay Isaac?
- Can you tell me part of the promise God renewed to Abraham?