Summary: God asked Abraham to lay down his Isaac. His story is an incredible picture of the Cross and how God loved us enough to surrender His Son, Jesus, for our sin. Do we love Him enough to surrender our Isaac today?

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Text: Genesis 22:1-14

Teaching Series: Greatest Chapters of the Bible

Message #1


It has been said that Christians are like tea bags……they always do best when they get in hot water. In Genesis chapter 22, we find Abraham in the hottest water of his life as God tries his faith.

The Bible teaches three key truths about trials in the life of a believer:

1) Trials come to believers because true faith must be tested (I Peter 4:12).

2) Trials work FOR US, not against us (Romans 8:28, I Peter 1:7).

3) Trials come to make us more PATIENT (Romans 5:4).

Abraham found himself in hot water when God asked for the unthinkable: “Go, sacrifice your son, Isaac.” Are you serious, God? Don’t you remember your “unconditional” promises in Genesis 12?

I will bless you.

I will make you the father of a great nation.

I will multiply your seed.

I will bless those who bless you.

I will curse those curse you.

In essence, God promised to send His SON through Abraham's SEED to be the SAVIOR of the world. If Abraham's son dies without bearing a son......the promises are history. Pretty serious stuff.

What happened to all of those “unconditional promises?” Why would God dare to ask such a faithful man to give up his only son who was the only hope for a coming Messiah??

Notice in Genesis 22 three things that happened to Abraham that will happen to every child of God.


“Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”“Here I am,” he replied. 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you” (Genesis 22:1-2).

Ramajit Raghav hit the headlines in 2010 when he claimed to be the oldest man in the world to father a child at the age of 94. Incredibly, he then went on to father a second child in 2011 at the age of 95. His wife, Shakuntala Devi, is believed to be in her early 50s. Talk about your May to December romances!

Abraham would have made CNN News Headlines himself in his day for fathering a child at 100! Abraham was no spring chicken when God surprised him with the shocking news that his elderly wife was pregnant……when they should have been thinking about retirement or choosing a nursing home!

God named Abraham’s son, Isaac, meaning “laughter”, because Abraham and Sarah laughed out loud when God told them about His miracle (Gen. 18). If I was Abraham and had a cell phone in those days, I am pretty sure I would have texted a message to Sarah with a big……LOL and ROFL!! But they fell in love with their boy and remember how they doubted God every time they called his name.

“Hey, Laughter, come to supper! Hey, Laughter, wash your hands and get ready to eat!"

"Hey, Laughter, bow your head as we thank God for this meal!”

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Rodney Shanner

commented on Apr 2, 2014

I consider this a dangerous passage of Scripture. How many people have killed their children because of confused thinking? How many were influenced by this story? I would never preach this story without some qualifying element regarding mental stability.

John Avera

commented on Jun 11, 2014

I believe that as Christians we should understand a preach that Jesus Christ was the ultimate sacrifice and that God does not require an earthly sacrifice from us. Therefore, He would never ask us to kill our children, for even that would not surpass the sacrifice already provided.

Rodney Shanner

commented on Apr 2, 2014

One additional thought: The "Trust God even when we don't understand" statement is one that begs for clarification and qualification to avoid tragedy.

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