This may seem a surprising way for God to strengthen Abraham’s faith, but that was at the heart of what God was doing.

Scripture: Genesis 22:1-5

ESV Text: Genesis 22:1-5

Genesis 22:1-5 (Listen)

The Sacrifice of Isaac

22:1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Take 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.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 22

     1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

     3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 152:
When O’er my Sins I Sorrow

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1. When o’er my sins I sorrow, 
Lord, I will look to Thee 
And hence my comfort borrow 
That Thou wast slain for me; 
Yea, Lord, Thy precious blood was spilt 
For me, O most unworthy, 
To take away my guilt. 

2. Oh, what a marvelous offering! 
Behold, the Master spares 
His servants, and their suffering 
And grief for them He bears. 
God stoopeth from His throne on high; 
For me, His guilty creature, 
He deigns as man to die. 

3. My manifold transgression 
Henceforth can harm me none 
Since Jesus’ bloody Passion 
For me God’s grace hath won. 
His precious blood my debts hath paid; 
Of hell and all its torments 
I am no more afraid. 

4. Therefore I will forever 
Give glory unto Thee, 
Jesus, loving Savior, 
For what Thou didst for me. 
I’ll spend my breath in songs of thanks 
For Thy sad cry, Thy sufferings, 
Thy wrongs, Thy guiltless death.