21 March 2011

Did God Require Child Sacrifices? joestfrancois from YouTube asks, “Was Abraham going to kill his son for your [G]od or not?” Reading the Bible in Context helps One Understand Truth It is clear for anyone reading the Bible in context what Abraham believed would happen and what he was planning on doing. It is a rather short chapter of history so I suggest that you read it. You can read it from the New Living Translation (NLT) as it is easier to read than the King James Version. Both versions however, describe the same history. In Genesis 22:1-24 we are told how Abraham’s faith (trust) in God was tested. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2022:1-24&version=NLT After reading Genesis 22:1-24, a few verses clearly stand out as to what Abraham was thinking and what his plans were. It is also very clear what God was doing and had planned. I’ll call them out so to bring them to your attention too if by chance you did not catch them during your reading or that you chose to ignore them when you read them or if you chose to not even read it at all. The first verse that stands clearly out to anyone reading the Bible in context is; Genesis 22:5 “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.” Notice how Abraham told his servants that Isaac and he would be going to worship and that they both would be coming right back. We know Abraham was planning on returning together with his son Isaac because he said; “and then we will come right back.” The second verse standing out clearly shows what Abraham was thinking would happen; Genesis 22:8 “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” ‘Abraham answered [his son Isaac]. And they both walked on together.’ Abraham believed that God would provide a sheep for worshiping God. We know this because Abraham answered Isaac’s question with; “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” The third set of verses outstanding describes to us how much fear Abraham had of God and above all, how much Abraham trusted God; Genesis 22:9 – 10 “When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice.” We know from the promise God had made to Abraham before Isaac was even conceived that Isaac would be the first born of a multitude of...

Victor E. Pearson

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