After talking about the heavenly promise, The author of Hebrews continues to quote examples of faith, this time, the story revolves around Gen 22.

Before we talk about this, there are some background information about Abraham’s beliefs before we read this

Beliefs of Abraham so far
1. Isaac is a very special child, as God mentioned that to Abraham much earlier
     a. Gen 15:4-5 : 1st Mention of Isaac (Although Abraham did not know who yet)
     b. Gen 17: 15-18 : God emphasise that the promised child is to be born by Sarah (Although Abraham thinks it impossible for Sarah to bear a child)
     c. Gen 17:19  : God gave the name Issac personally
     d. Gen 21:12 : God Assures Abraham that it is through Issac, that his seed shall be called

    All these things are revealed to Abraham over time, A (75-86 years old, date unknown)B&C  (99 Years old), D( 100 Years old). Hence Abraham’s faiths that Gods promise on Issac is build up over time.

    Abraham is a a person close to God, and he knows God hated the evil practice of the Canaanites, which are full of sexual immorality, and wickedness, and they sacrifice children on the altar and all these does not pleases God.

With these 2 beliefs in mind, then begin reading the story of Abraham sacrificing Issac.

Story Background and Summary

After sometime, God wanted to test Abraham’s faith, and he spoke to Abraham saying

“Take now your son, your only sonIsaac, 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.”

Mount Moriah is at the present day Jerusalem, as believed by most people, so Abraham bought Issac, prepared the wood, knife and fire, and saddled the donkey, went on a 3 days journey with his servants. Abraham told his servants to wait some distance away saying

“Stay here with the donkey; the lad[a] and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

Now Abraham travelled with Issac to the mountains alone, and Issac still innocently asked the father

“Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
and Abraham replied
“My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.”

When they got there, Abraham really set up the Altar, bound Issac up, and laid him on the altar, just when Abraham is about to land the knife onto Issac, an Angel of the Lord spoke

“Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

There, Abraham found a Ram caught in the thicket by its horns and he sacrificed the ram, this is where Jehovah Jireh (“The lord will provide”) is first seen. There God blessed Abraham saying

“By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

Abraham’s mind, and Issac’s obedience

One may read this story being unfeeling, but I guess this is a very tough period for Abraham, knowing the feel beliefs that he had at that point. Gods order was completly against what he knew, and the order is very clear.

I do not know how he should be feeling as he is preparing the fire, cutting the wood as well as sharpening the knife. Knowing that these will be used to kill his son later.

But Abraham too held on to what God said about Issac mentioned earlier. and is confident that God will allow Issac to live no matter what. This is mentioned by the Author of Hebrews in Heb 11:17-19. This gives him the courage to tell the servant that both of them will return (Gen 22:5).

The feeling of Abraham must have been cut deep when Issac innocently ask, where is the lamb. Issac must have seen Abraham sacrificing many times, and did not understand where there isn’t a lamb at this time.

However, it i can also draw the fact that Abraham must have taught Issac about the same things i mentioned earlier, and Issac must have know that Gods plan is on him. Issac submissiveness to his father bounding him up and laying him on the Altar, also demonstrates the faith of Issac. Issac can run away anytime and I doubt Abraham can catch up.

Just when Abraham’s faith, and feeling is at its height, and Issac’s faith and obediance is at its height, God interfered and stopped them.

The results of their faith

God promised even more blessing to the both of them
1. Beside being many like the stars in heaven and sand in the sea (Which is true till today)
2. They will process the gate of their enemies (Which is true till today)
3. All nations will be blessed (Since Jesus christ came from this lineage)

What we can learn about Faith from here

1. Faiths is an absolute obediance to God, when God gives us an order, we must hold on to our faith, and our belief that God is good. We must continue to hold our beliefs that all things work together for those who loved God. In this example, God gave Abraham an order that doesnt sound logical, especially when God detest the practice of the Cannanites. Yet Abraham and Isacc obey it totally.

2. Some through test in life, God allows us to demonstrate our faith, this is then where blessings are abundant.