God's Covenants With Abraham:
Abraham's Faith is Tested
God again talks about the covenant with Abraham
in Genesis 22. God asks Abraham in Genesis 22:1-2 to
offer his son Isaac, as a burnt offering on a
mountain in the land of Moriah (Note: This would be at
or near the site of the temple mount near the modern
day city of Jerusalem).
Abraham immediately proceeded to do what God
asked. Once God realized that
Abraham was willing to obey God without question,
God stopped Abraham from killing Isaac and provided
a ram as an offering instead (see Genesis 22:3-14).
God then swore that He would greatly bless
Abraham, that he would greatly multiply Abraham's
seed, that Abraham's seed would possess the gate of
their enemies, and in Abraham's seed all the nations
of the earth would be blessed:
22:15-18 says: Then the angel of the LORD called to
Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, "By
Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you
have done this thing, and have not withheld your
son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you,
and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars
of the heavens, and as the sand which is on the
seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of
"And in your seed all the nations of
the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed
My voice." (NAS)
According to Genesis 22:15-18, why did the Lord
make this covenant with Abraham?
- Because Abraham said that he would do what
God asked, but never did it.
- Because Abraham had no intention of doing
what God asked.
- Because Abraham obeyed God's voice.