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"By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac..."  Hebrews 11:17 (NAS)

"And He said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah; and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you."  Genesis 22:2 (NAS)

What was God's Part in This?

God's part included:

  • Giving instructions to Abraham.
  • Stopping Abraham from killing Isaac, once God knew that Abraham would fully obey.
  • Providing a substitute sacrifice (the ram).

By Faith Abraham Offered Up Isaac (Hebrews 11:17)
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for...
the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

1. What is the thing hoped for...or is not seen? What Is The Thing Hoped For: 
That God would perhaps raise men, even Isaac from the dead.
2. What is man's part, if any? Abraham was to offer up Isaac as the Lord had commanded.
3. What is God's part? When God saw that Abraham would obey...He stopped Abraham and provided a ram to be sacrificed in Isaac's place.
4. How did Abraham have this assurance and conviction that God would have the power to raise even Isaac from the dead?
  1. Understand the thing hoped for...or the thing not seen.
  2. Hear God's word (Faith comes by hearing...and hearing by the word of Christ.  Romans 10:17) to understand God's power and faithfulness to His promises.
  3. Do your part, if any.

  4. Trust God that He has done what He has said...and/or that He will do what He promises.

  5. Pray that God will help increase your belief and faith (Luke 17:5, Mark 9:23-24) and give you wisdom (James 1:5).

Promises That Do Not Require Obedience on Our Part:

As we saw with the example of Sarah, sometimes there are promises that God gives that do not require any action or obedience on our part. Another example is when God made a promise to Abraham of a son.  God did not ask for Abraham to do anything (Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90 years old):

"After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; your reward shall be very great." 2 And Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what wilt Thou give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" 3 And Abram said, "Since Thou hast given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir." 4 Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This man will not be your heir; but one who shall come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir." 5 And He took him outside and said, "Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." 6 Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness." Genesis 15:1-6 (NAS)

Romans chapter 4 discussed this particular promise of God to Abraham:

"What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about; but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? "And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness."  Romans 4:1-3 (NAS)

Faith Involves Obedience Where Obedience is Required:

In the example of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, God required Abraham to offer his son.  Abraham's obedience of faith becomes one of the main examples of faith given in Hebrews.

In the 2nd example above where God promised Abraham a son from his own body in Genesis 15...there was no obedience or action required by God of Abraham for this to happen.  In this case, Abraham simply believed...and his belief was reckoned to him as righteousness.

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