Gen 12:1 – 9, 15:1 – 6, 17:23-24 21:1-7, 22:11 – 19
- Abraham is referred to as the father of faith.
- He was willing to leave his motherland and go to a strange land.
- Abraham readily believed all promises God made to him.
- By faith Abraham trusted in God’s voice.
- By faith Abraham built two altars for God; one at Bethel and another at Sechem.
- Abraham entered into a covenant relationship with God.
- He was willing to change their names from Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah.
- He offered the best of his flock as a sacrifice.
- He obeyed God’ call for personal relationship/ left polytheism for monotheism.
- He was ready to sacrifice his son Isaac when instructed by God.
- He was willing to obey God’s command of circumcision.
How Abraham demonstrated his faith in God in the incident when he was willing to sacrifice his son
- Abraham collected wood for a burnt offering.
- Abraham went with his son, Isaac and servants a three days’ journey.
- He informed his servants to wait for him and his son as they go and worship.
- When Isaac enquired about the lamb for the sacrifice, Abraham told him that the lord shall provide.
- Abraham built an altar and laid the wood in order.
- Abraham bound Isaac and laid him on the altar.
- He took the knife to slay his son, but the angel of the Lord stopped him.
- Abraham took a ram from the bush and offered burnt offering instead of Isaac.
- He named the place “The Lord will provide”.
Lessons Christians learn from the incident Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son
- They should obey/honour God.
- They should have faith in God.
- They should be patient and wait upon God/should not give up.
- They should be prepared to face difficult situations/perseverance.
- They should be ready to give up everything.
- They should rely on God’s guidance.
- They should be wise when dealing with issues affecting their lives.
- They should involve family members in worship.
- They should rely on God’s providence.