SUBJ: The sacrifice of Isaac as a validation of
the faith of Abraham as being truly of God and the actions taken seen as
a type of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
AIM: That we
might aspire to such faith as was seen in Abraham, taking God at His
word in all things pertaining to life and Godliness.
mention of “after these things” in the introduction to this narrative
points to the past testing and the several significant events in the
life Abraham – the call, the trials, the failures, the divine
appearances, and promises fulfilled -- and yet the greatest trial of all
1. There is much to see in the faith of Abraham but none so
impressive and perhaps as trying as this as recorded here.
while Abrahams’s faith and obedience is in view, the greater picture of
God the Father and His dealing with God the Son comes into view with
renewed emphasis on the sacrifice for our sins.
3. We will thus
proceed to see the advanced development of the faith of Abraham brought
to obedience and action.
THESIS: True faith will always find the
Word of God as its resting place and especially as we see Christ our
Lord as the Word made flesh and dwelling among us.
tempting of Abraham (vv. 1-2)
1. That God did tempt Abraham seems to
conflict with James saying that no man is tempted of God. While James is
speaking of the evil and lewd leanings of men, Moses here writes of
Abraham being brought to a full test to prove his faith – primarily to
2. Emphasis here is divinely pointed out to Abraham’s
immediate response – “behold me.”
3. The command, no doubt received
painfully by Abraham is forthwith issued: “Thy son Isaac, thine only son
whom thou lovest”
1) You are going to take my son and
2) You would
have me to carry out the execution!
4. Into the land of vision or
worship – Mount Moriah where the Temple was presumed to be built.
II. The obedience of Abraham (vv. 3-6)
1. The response of Abraham
is without hesitation:
1) It was immediate – the very next morning
2) It was with great attention to detail – he knew what was required for
3) It was precise and well-planned as to what he would
2. For three days Isaac was dead in the mind of Abraham
would not miss the possible reference to three days in the tomb
Afar off – Even as the place and the events of the sacrifice of Christ
was out of sight to all but the Father and the Son. The young men with
him went no farther.
3. The thought of worship was already in place
and not a thought of servile duty (He had learned that he did not need
to understand how God was going to accomplish – just obey).
wood on Isaac and the knife and the fire in the hands of Abraham and we
see the picture of the Christ approaching the Father whose justice must
III. The Sacrifice (vv. 7-10)
1. In v. 7, we
come to the question of Isaac – where is the sacrifice? And
2. In v.
8, the answer of Abraham the Lord will provide Himself, a Lamb!
Abraham built the altar, placed the wood, and then bound the willing
sacrifice to the altar all by faith and believing that God was able to
raise him up.
4. And then came the most extreme act of faith and
1) Abraham would have expected to see the life of his own
son poured out at his own hand
2) And then to light the fire that
would have consumed the dead body of the one he loved.
5. When the
time came for the execution of the Lamb of God, his hand was not stayed.
IV. The Provision of the Lord (vv. 11-14)
1. At the precise
instant needed, the angel of the Lord called out twice to Abraham and
2. Abraham’s action had confirmed the genuineness of his
1) There was no question here as to what the Lord knew but
would have it acted out for Abraham and for his children.
2) As we
read in the book of James: Abraham was justified by his works with
direct reference to this act.
V. The Blessing of Abraham tied to
his Faith (vv. 15-19)
1. The need of a mediator has shown forth in
all these things and Abraham had confirmed that.
2. The terms of the
blessing were unchanged in that God would do it.
3. In v. 18 the
testimony as to how the blessing would be brought to fulfillment had
been declared and again pointed not to Abraham’s faith and obedience,
but to that which he declared in obeying the truth as it is in Christ