Genesis 22:1-14

A Heart of Worship

CIT = Worshipping God involves faithful obedience.

Purpose = Worshipping God, through the avenue of faith, involves sacrificial obedience in times of testing.

Introduction = Abraham gives us the manner in which we are to offer our individual sacrifices. The actions of Abraham in the offering of his son was an act of faithful worship. As Abraham relates to God in faith, so are we to build our worship to God on faith. This passage is a window reflecting a true response of faith.

1) Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2) 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.” 3) So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4) On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance. 5) Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” 6) Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. 7) Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8) Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together. 9) Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10) Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11) But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12) He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” 13) Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. 14) Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.” (Genesis 22:1-14 NASB)

I. Background to the text – Where is God going with this?

1. N.T Passages

(1) John 1:29-34, Behold the Lamb of God… takes away the sins of the world… the Son of God.
(2) Romans 1:17, The just shall live by faith.
(3) Romans 4: 13-25, righteousness of faith. It is of faith that it might be by grace. Abraham our father by faith. Be aware of the fulness of the message of the passage. **Faith accepts God’s ability to perform. Verse 21
(4) Heb. 9:22, Without shedding of blood is no remission…

2. O. T. Passages

(1) Gen. 6:5 Hearts of men were evil continually. The Flood – a redemptive act. Sin does not go unchecked.
(2) Gen. 12:1-3 The Abrahamic Covenant. [land & people]
(3) Gen. 15::1-6 Abraham believed in The Lord & God counted it to him for righteousness.
(4) Gen. 17 Covenant renewal. Circumcision: denotes relationship.
(5) Gen. 18:14, Is anything too hard for God? Our need is to live by faith. This is God’s will.
W/out faith it is impossible to please God.
(6) Gen. 21:1-8, Isaac Born
(7) 2 Chronicles 3:1, Temple built at Jerusalem in Mt. Moriah. [Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. (2 Chronicles 3:1 NASB)]

3. Theological Background

(1) Man’s only hope is in God.
(2) If God does not act there is no hope.
(3) God takes sin seriously
(4) Just shall live by faith

II. Exposition: Faith is to be greater than Reason, Feeling, & Circumstances.

1. Faith does not hesitate. (1-3)

(1) Faith which is more precious than gold needs to be tried by fire. [v.1]
God tested Abraham concerning his faith
(2) No accident it was a burnt offering. [v. 2, see also Leviticus]
Burnt offerings symbolized total commitment.
(3) He rose up early. W/out hesitation. [3]

2. Faith prepares one for worship. [4-8]
God wants total faithful submission. Genuineness.

(1) Faith believes the impossible
(2) Faith attempts the impossible
(3) Faith knows God will provide

3. Faith holds nothing back [9-12]
God asks, Is your faith greater than that of the heathen/pagan?

(1) Abraham was to go all the way.
(2) Abraham feared {reverenced} The Lord. Fear of The Lord is the beginning…

4. Faith rejoices in Jehovah-Jireh. [13-14]

(1) God provided that ram as a substitute. Abraham & Isaac did not have to wonder what to do with the ram caught in the thicket.
(2) In the Mount of God it shall be seen. [Jehovah-Jireh! What? Christ!] Jehovah-Jireh = God will provide

Conclusion This event portrays the offering of Isaac by Abraham as a true account of the proper response to a gracious God who provides for our ness. Abraham is involved in an act of worship. It is worship to the max!

While we recognize that tests of faith originate with God., the opportunity to faithfully respond to Him without hesitation becomes our proper act of faithful worship.

Optional Outline

I. The test for faithful obedience originated with God. (1-2)
II. Sacrificial and faithful obedience is offered to God. (3-10)
III. The divine provision is given in response to Abraham’s faith. (11-14)


About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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