For many years, Abraham and Sarah hoped to have a baby, but Sarah never became pregnant. When Abraham was ninety-nine years old, God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations (Genesis 17:4). God also promised that Sarah would have a son and that she would become the mother of many nations (Genesis 17:16). A year later, Sarah gave birth to their only son, Isaac.
Abraham was a righteous man, though he still made mistakes. When Isaac was a boy, God decided to test Abraham’s faithfulness. One day, God told Abraham to take his son to a special place, tie him up, and sacrifice him. Abraham knew that he must obey God, so he trusted God to follow through with the instructions. Just before Abraham sacrificed Isaac, an angel of the Lord appeared, and a ram was provided for the sacrifice. God saw Abraham’s faith and Abraham named the place “The Lord will Provide.”
What did God tell Abraham to do with Isaac?
What happened when the angel of the Lord appeared?
What promise does God make to Abraham?
Why does God help you when you are faithful?
Abraham had a special relationship with God. God promised Abraham that he would make him a great nation, with as many offspring as the stars in the sky (Genesis 15:4). Abraham chose to believe God, even though Abraham, and his wife Sarah, did not have any children. (Genesis 17)
Abraham’s decision to follow God’s instructions in faith was a sacrifice of Abraham’s will to God. Though extremely difficult, Abraham desired to follow God’s will and steadfastly proceeded with the preparation of the sacrifice. God saw Abraham’s faith, provided a ram for the sacrifice, and sent an angel of the Lord to remind them of the covenant God had made with Abraham and Sarah.