Isaac & Abraham
Many ask why would God ask Abraham to sacrifice his son.
Isaac had a simular question!
And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
The Story is that God tested Abraham by telling him to take his only son, go forth and make a burnt offering unto our Father (Gen.22:1-2).
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.
(Can you spot Abraham's faith? Faith - substance of things hoped for Evidence of things unseen- Heb.11:1)
As they went up Isaac noticed there seemed to be one thing lacking in order to make the offering (Gen.22:7). After Isaac asked where is the lamb Abraham responded:
And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering : so they went both of them together. (John 1:29,36)
Notice this statement didnt condemn Isaac, but rather showed faith in God reguardless of what the situation seemed to be presenting. The words were prophetic. Abraham didnt allow earthly concerns to get in the way of his trust in YHVH. Abraham didnt lean unto his own understanding but rather seeked to embrace the Holy Spirit, and was an instrument of The Spirit Of Truth when he responded to Isaac. Abraham knew God is just, and that obedience to God is always right.
Gen.22:9-18 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Blessed of the nations (Spiritual Israel) Gal.3:6,7,8,9,24,25,26,27,28,29/ Rom.2:29/ Gen.22:17-18/ Matt. 3:9 (Lk.3:8) Jn. 8:33-39/ 1 Pet.2:5
Fear (Reverance) of the Lord is the beginning * Psalm 111:10 / Proverbs 1:7 / Proverbs 9:10 * This of course matures into a loving relationship.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love./ Matthew 10:28 / Keep God 1st :)See More
Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Rev.4:11
Circumcision of the heart- Rom. 2:28, 1 sam 16:7, Col.2:11-14, Lev. 26:40-42, Deut. 30:6/ 10:12-16, Ps. 51:10-12, Matt. 23:27-28
Isaac / Ishmael
El Shaddai promises Abram will have seed (Gen.15:4) in which would inherite his blessings. In Gen.16 we have the carnal plan for children of Abram. This plan included Sari's handmaid (an Egytptian) Hagar to bare a child of Abram. She gavebirth to Ishmael.
Ishmael was a wild man, his hand against every man and every man's hand against him (Gen.16:12). (Far from being a light unto the nations).
Afterwards The LORD made a covenant with Abram thus changing his name (Gen.17:2) and was told YHVH would multiply his seed exceedingly.Abram's name was changed to Abraham which means Father of Many Nations. (Shem/ Names carry with it character)
Gen.17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee (Abraham not Abram) and thy seed after thee (Abraham) in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Gen.17:9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee (Abraham) in their generations.
Note: Ishmael was son of Abram (not Abraham) and Hagar not Gen.16:16/ Name changed later Gen.17:5/ Isaac born in chapter 21, and those after Abraham could only be of one born of Abraham. The calling, role of, blessing of, inheritance of Isaac was never relative to Ishmael. Weight of inheritance is to naturally go to the first born but G-d was clear that the Covenant (and light unto the nations) would go through the child of Abraham and Sarah. MALE (Abram was Ishmaels father /by Hagar the Egyptian/ later called Abraham who had Isaac /by Sarah)
This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.
And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
Ishmael was 13 (Gen.17:25) when circumsized not 8 days old as Isaac was!
Sarah had Abraham send Ishmael away thus making Ishmael unable to take on the weight of the inheritance of Abraham
Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman (Ishmael) shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac
And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. / FEMALE
.... It was never God's will that Isaac be killed.