Abraham is Tested (Genesis 22:1-19)

When Abraham was told to sacrifice his son, God himself provided a sacrifice.

Yesterday morning our kids learned:

  1. Abraham's faith in God moved him to obedience
  2. Isaac's faith in God moved him to obedience
  3. God moved to save Isaac

Where is Jesus?

Read 1 John 4:9-10

In the story of Abraham being called to sacrifice Isaac, Isaac was just about to be killed when God told Abraham to stop and provided a ram as a substitute for Isaac. That means the ram took Isaac's place. In 1 John 4 we read about another substitute, Jesus.

Instead of killing us, God sent his only Son to be our substitute and die in our place. Jesus is like the ram. John tells us that God sent his Son to be a "propitiation." This means that Jesus died in our place, taking our punishment, and turned away God's holy anger for our sins. Unlike the sacrifice with Isaac, no voice from heaven called out to stop the sacrifice.

In the home

We are on week 14 in the Long Story Short family devotional (starting on page 92). If I had one sit down with my kids this week I would focus on these questions:

  • What would you have done if you were Abraham and God asked you to sacrifice and kill your only son? (Day 1)
  • What do you think helped Abraham trust God? (Day 1)
  • What helps us to trust God? (Day 1)
  • What do we learn in this story about Isaac's faith? (Day 2)
  • How should Isaac's example help you to obey your parents? (Day 2)
  • What does the word "substitute" mean? (Day 3)
  • How does the ram in the thicket point to Jesus? (Day 3)
  • How does Isaac point to Jesus? (Day 3)

Memory Verse

This month's memory verse is Psalm 145:1-3. The highlighted portion below will be quoted on September 3rd.

Aaron Cotton