Thursday - Confidence In Times Of Testing



Lesson Scriptures: Genesis 22:1-14


Key Lesson Theme: “Confidence in Times of Testing”


Today's Lesson: Thursday, November 25


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Genesis 22:11-14


11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” He replied, “Here I am.”

12 Then he said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from me.”

13 Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in the thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son.

14 And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, so today it is said, “It will be provided on the Lord’s mountain.”


Commentary


God had not dropped out of this testing event and sent some lesser being. The double use of Abraham’s name conveys the urgency of getting his attention. God had seen what He needed to see. Abraham had proved the genuineness of his faith. And as he had responded in verse 1, Abraham made himself available to God by his response, Here I am.


Certainly, God knows all things, but the Bible sometimes speaks of this knowledge as being realized after something has taken place—in this case after the testing of Abraham’s faith had been completed, and Abraham had shown through his actions that he feared the Lord and trusted Him to do the impossible. In the process of demonstrating and proving his faith before God, Abraham came to know the authenticity and depth of his faith as well.


Abraham and Isaac had come to Moriah to worship. What joyous worship it must have been for the two as they exulted while breathing in the sweet-smelling aroma of the sacrificial provision of God. We may be certain the trek back down to the servants and the return journey home was one of celebration.




What are some lasting truths from Genesis 22:11-14?


· The God who sometimes tests us always provides for us.

· God sees and meets the needs of those who trust Him.


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