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Summary: Based on History Channel's epic mini-series, The Bible, this five-part expository sermon series highlights five key events in the story of Scripture from Abraham to Jesus, using video clips from the show.

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The Bible: The Binding of Isaac

Scott Bayles, pastor

Blooming Grove Christian Church: 3/3/2013

Nearly a hundred years ago, a little boy in England received a stuffed bear as a gift on his first birthday. Soon after, his father, a playwright and novelist, began writing stories that featured the little boy, his bear, and other toys in the boy’s playroom, as characters. You know the bear as Winnie-the-Pooh. You know the boy as Christopher Robin. Since then, of course, Winnie-the-Pooh stories have been loved by generations of children, translated into more than fifty languages, and featured in songs, movies, and television specials. But it all began with a little boy and a stuffed bear as characters in a simple story.

Everyone here has a story, whether you have a stuffed bear or not. I have a story. You have a story. Some read like tragedies, some like comedies. Some are mysteries, and others are romances. Some are much longer than others, and some are just getting started. But everyone has a story.

All of our stories, different as they are, are part of a bigger story: A story that is older than any of us, a story that defines all of us, and can—if we let it—guide us. It’s the story told in the pages of your Bible, from the first words of Genesis to the last lines of Revelation. The story of the Bible is being retold dramatically in an epic made-for-television miniseries appropriately titled, The Bible. It begins airing tonight and the next five Sunday nights on The History Channel. I encourage all of you to watch it, if you can. If you don’t have the History Channel, there is a list of households in the back that will be hosting viewing parties.

For the next five weeks, we are going to discover some of the most gripping stories from the Bible––stories that are more than just stories; stories that tell us something about ourselves, our lives, and God’s hopes and plans for us.

And the story we will start with today is an amazing incident found in the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis. It is sometimes called “The Binding of Isaac,” and we’ll look at it first on video, and then turn to Scripture to study it in greater detail.

NEXT SLIDE: VIDEO CLIP WILL PLAY AUTOMATICALLY

Now, some of us have read that story and heard it many times. It is a story of great faith, the story of a father who was so obedient to God that he was willing to make the greatest sacrifice imaginable. It is a story usually told from Abraham’s perspective, as a display of his great faith. But, today, I’d like to look at this story from Isaac’s perspective. And, in many ways, Isaac’s story is our story too.

• A STORY OF DESTINY

First, Isaac’s story is like ours because it’s a story of destiny! I think one of the first things that become clear in this story is that God had a plan for Isaac.

The Bible tells it this way:

Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.


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