Sunday School Perspective: A Test Of Truth
Genesis 22:1-3, 6-14
by Minnie Malone Cook
The study of the lesson is in the book of Genesis, Chapter 22: Verses 1-3, 6-14 and it offers genuine faith in acknowledging God.
Key Verse: “And Abraham said, my son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” Genesis 22:8 KJV: This verse reveals Abraham’s enormous faith in God.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 is “A Test of Truth” and it illustrates that with God’s guidance grace and mercy is ensured.
The objective for students and readers is to realize that most tests are required in order to grow spiritually.
God Commands Abraham (Genesis (22:1-3)
The lesson unfolds with after God promised that Abraham’s son would be the heir eventually causing blessings to the whole world. God addresses Abraham and commands him to take his only beloved son to be offered for a burnt offering. This command is a test of Abraham’s faith. It is very natural to ponder the circumstances as believers. What would we do? “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.” (Verses 11-16)
Abraham Obeys God (Genesis (22:6-10)
It is important in these verses that Abraham was obedient and followed God’s direction of offering his son just as he was commanded. The Word indicates that Abraham strongly believed that God would provide the lamb for the sacrifice. It is significant the Isaac never struggled or refused to be prepared for sacrifice. He had faith in his father. “And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.” (Verses 22-10)
God Intervenes (Genesis (22-11-14)
These verses emphasize that God intervened and provided a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac. God saw that Abraham was faithful. We must trust God no matter the circumstances knowing that His Word is true. Believers should able to see and realize the blessings of the Lord in different circumstances affecting their lives. We must be acquainted with Him, study the Word, remain prayful and give Him all praises and honor. “And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” (Verses 11-14)
PRAISE THE LORD.