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The Offering of Isaac

Genesis 22

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Isaac Marries Rebekah (Genesis 23-24)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Opening Prayer

The Child of the Covenant (Genesis 17:17-21)
    What was the first part of God's promise to Abram?
      Genesis 12:2-3
    How did this part of the promise lead to doubt for Abram?
      Genesis 15:2-3
    Did God answer Abram's doubts?
      Genesis 15:4-6

    How did Abram try to help God with his promise after more years passed?
      Genesis 16:1-2
    Was Ishmael the child through whom God's covenant would be realized?
      Genesis 16:11-12
    Did Abram understand that Ishmael was not the promised child of the covenant?
      Genesis 17:17-21

The Promise is Fulfilled, Then Threatened (Genesis 21)
    How old was Abraham when Isaac was born?
      Genesis 21:1-5
    Was this really a big deal since they lived longer back then (Abraham died at 175)?
      Hebrews 11:11-12

    With the Child of the Covenant now born, how was the promise still threatened?
      Genesis 21:8-10
    Did Abraham agree with Sarah's concern and suggestion?
      Genesis 21:11
    How did he decide what to do?
      Genesis 21:12-13

    What did Abraham do to guarantee that Isaac would inherit his blessings?
      Genesis 21:14
    Did God protect Ishmael as He had promised?
      Genesis 21:15-21

Sacrifice the Covenant? (Genesis 22:1-2)
    Now that God met the first part of His promise, what did He ask of Abraham?
      Genesis 22:1-2
    What is a sacrifice?
      Funk & Wagnalls
    What did God say to remind Abraham of what he would be sacrificing?
      Genesis 22:2

    What had God asked Abram to sacrifice when He first called him?
      Genesis 12:1
    What was God effectively asking Abraham to sacrifice now?
      Hebrews 11:17-18

This is Only a Test (Genesis 22:1)
    Had God made this command to Abraham because He wanted a human sacrifice?
      Deuteronomy 18:9-10a, 13
    Why did He make this unbelievable command?
      Genesis 22:1

Does God Tempt or Test? (James 1:2-4)
    Why does God test His people?
      1 Peter 1:6-7
    How are we to respond to the difficulties of God's tests?
      James 1:2-4
    How does perseverance from difficulties make us more mature, not lacking anything?
      Romans 5:3-5
    Why should we rejoice when God tests us?
      Hebrews 12:5-7, 11
    What is the reward for those who persevere?
      James 1:12

Does God Tempt? (James 1:13-17)
    Does God tempt His people to test them?
      James 1:13
    Can temptations lead to growing in maturity and becoming more complete?
      James 1:14-15
    How do we know when we are being tested by God or tempted by Satan?
      James 1:16-17

Abraham's Response (Genesis 22:3-8)
    How long did it take Abraham to decide what to do?
      Genesis 22:3a
    What did Abraham believe would happen in Isaac's sacrifice?
      Genesis 22:3-5
    Why did Abraham tell his servants that he would return with Isaac?
      Genesis 22:6-8
    What did Abraham expect to happen?
      Hebrews 11:19

Faith That Works (Genesis 22:9-12)
    Did Abraham actually intend to complete the sacrifice?
      Genesis 22:9-10
    What did Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac prove?
      Genesis 22:11-12
    Didn't God know Abraham's faith? Why was this ordeal necessary?
      James 2:21-22
    How does Abraham's response shed light on Jesus' call to us, His followers?
      Matthew 10:37-38
It's not faith or works.
It's not faith and works.
It's faith that works.

God's Response to Abraham's Faithfulness (Genesis 22:13-18)
    How did God provide the lamb as stated by Abraham's faith in 22:8?
      Genesis 22:13-14
    How did God respond to Abraham's demonstration of faithfulness?
      Genesis 22:15-18
    What did God do here that He never repeated with the patriarchs?
      Hebrews 6:13-14
    Why is it important for us that God did this?
      Hebrews 6:16-19a

Closing Prayer

Isaac - A Preview of Jesus
    Isaac Jesus
    Genesis 18:12-14 Matthew 1:20
    Genesis 17:19 Hebrews 8:6
    Genesis 22:2 John 3:16
    Genesis 22:2 Matthew 3:17
    Genesis 22:2 Mark 15:22
    2 Chronicles 3:1 Mark 15:22
    Genesis 22:3 John 12:14-15
    Genesis 22:6 John 19:17
    Genesis 22:9 Luke 22:42
    Genesis 22:13 Romans 4:25
    Genesis 22:8 John 1:29

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