Day 24 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days
Genesis 21 – Sarah gave birth to Isaac when Abraham was 100 years old. She nursed him and once she weaned him, Abraham had a great feast. Sarah did not want to share Abraham’s inheritance with his other son, Ishmael and wanted Abraham to send he and his mother, Hagar, away. This troubled Abraham as Ishmael was his son, too, but God convinced Abraham to listen to Sarah and do what she wanted, because it is through Isaac that his offspring would be reckoned. He promised Abraham that he’d make Ishmael into a nation, as well.
Genesis 22 – God asked Abraham to take Isaac to the region of Moriah and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains He would tell him about. Abraham took Isaac to the mountain as God asked and just when he was about to slay his son, the angel of the Lord called out telling him to stop and to not hurt the boy. Abraham was rewarded for keeping nothing from God, not even his beloved son. Abraham saw a ram caught by his horns in a thicket and he sacrificed it as the burnt offering. Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, (I’m confused by that statement, as he actually did have another son) I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba and he stayed in Beersheba.
Hallie says that when Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac, that shows his commitment to God.