Why Did God Test Abraham?



Speaking of Abraham it is written:

Genesis 20:7

7 Now therefore, restore the man’s wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”


How is Abraham a prophet?  We will dig deeper into what is written.

Genesis 22:1-2

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

Further in the chapter:

Genesis 22:9-14

9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And 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!”

So he said, “Here I am.”

12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything 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 lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide;[b] as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

So the question I spoke of earlier; I will explain.

This is a picture of what happened as Jesus travailed in the garden of Gethsemane.  Jesus also spoke the following:

Matthew 26:39

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

Further in this chapter, Jesus repeated Himself for the cup to pass; and nevertheless not as He willed, but as the Father willed.

Further Jesus spoke and said:

Matthew 26:53

53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?

So right at the beginning of our Lord's sacrifice He not only travailed in the garden, but He could have been provided with more than twelve legions of angels.

The point is this:

God never intended for Abraham to literally sacrifice his son.  But it was rather a foreshadow of what was to come;  Jesus travailing in the garden...God having a choice to sacrifice His Son.  And the ram in the thicket was the possibility for Jesus to come again at a later time, had He prayed or appealed to the Father for the cup to pass.

5 comments:

  1. Evil would be more afraid of evil if evil were in power.

    Islam thinks some dude will be in power by 2030, look it up. See the scheme?

    But yet how long ago did Jesus die? See the scheme?

    Proverbs 29:12 New King James Version (NKJV)



    12
    If a ruler pays attention to lies,
    All his servants become wicked.

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  2. 1 Timothy 4:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)


    4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

    Proverbs 25:21-22 New King James Version (NKJV)


    21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
    And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
    22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,
    And the Lord will reward you.

    Romans 12:20 New King James Version (NKJV)


    20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
    For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”[a]

    Don't listen to anything else. ; Of these verses in this specific comment.

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  3. Regarding torment, you can not literally say it; (like torment in the lake of fire forever) if it were true.

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  4. John 1:1-4 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

    1 In [a]the [b]beginning [c]was [d]that Word, and that Word was [e]with God, and that [f]Word was God.

    2 This same was in the beginning with God.

    3 [g]All [h]things were made by it, and [i]without it [j]was made nothing that was made.

    4 [k]In it [l]was life, and that life was [m]the light of men.

    John 1:14 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

    14 [z]And that Word was made [aa]flesh, and [ab]dwelt among us, (and we saw the [ac]glory thereof, [ad]as the glory of the only begotten Son of the Father) [ae]full of grace and truth.

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