Great Chapters: Genesis 22

Genesis 22 contains one of the most important events in the Bible: God commands Abraham to offer his son Isaac as burnt offering sacrifice.

Genesis 22:1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.

The Enduring Word Commentary says, “Every phrase of God’s command to Abraham was like a knife”. Every phrase had its own painful difficulty. What do you think was the most difficult part of the command that God gave Abraham?

Why would God ask Abraham to do such a thing? What do Genesis 22:1 and Hebrews 11:17 say about what God was doing?

What impresses you most about Abraham’s response? What does Hebrews 11:17 tell us his response shows about Abraham? What does Genesis 22:12 say it shows about Abraham?

What name did Abraham give to this place (v 14). Why is that an appropriate name?

What promises does God make to Abraham once the test is over? (16-18)

Feel free to answer any of these questions, ask others, or make a comment in the reply section below. We will also study this together on Wednesday night at 7 pm on Facebook Live and Zoom.

2 thoughts on “Great Chapters: Genesis 22

  1. Every time I read this account I think of God sacrificing His own Son. I wonder if God told Abraham this would be how the world blessing would come about. Then, there is no mention of Isaac’s reaction to being tied to the altar with the knife in Abraham’s hand. I know this was a test of faith, but there is so much going on here that is beyond my grasp.

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