January 16, Reading 1 – Genesis 22

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SAA Notes

Abraham’s greatest test was in the offering up of his son, yet believing that God would do all He had promised through this son – give Abraham many descendants through Isaac (17:19). God, who is beyond Time, does not ask anything of us that He is not willing to do Himself. Jesus, unlike Isaac, comes wittingly and willingly to His greater sacrifice.

SJA Notes

“Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.”

This can be an incredibly confronting passage to read and contemplate.

How can God ask this of Abraham!

It is good and important to consider the whole of scripture as we wrestle with these things.

Hebrews 11 tells us that this was God testing Abraham (the idea of which can be itself a knot to untangle in our minds) – This was Isaac, who God had promised Abraham in his age, that through this son would come descendants as many as the stars!

Hebrews 11 goes on,

“He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.”

Here it is! Abraham acted in faith and was rewarded. His decision-making was grounded in his faith in God, in God’s promises to him.

We must be the same! God has promised great things, and He is faithful and true – We see this with Abraham. We see it onwards with Isaac and Jacob, with Joseph and the brothers. We see it with God calling His people out of Egypt and into the promised land.

And we see it with us, that our loving God has graciously called us, that in His mercy He has called us from darkness into light! Into a new kingdom, not made with bricks and mortar!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour God we have!

* Merciful God,

Please be our God today. Please help us with the little things and the big things – For we are helpless without You.

Please write Your word on our hearts today, that we might not sin against You.

We offer up ourselves today, living sacrifices, to be guided by Your will for us through our lives.

Thank You for saving us Lord God.

Thank You.

Amen.


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