Sunday, February 27, 2022

Abraham’s Sacrifice (Genesis 15-17, 21-22; Abraham 1) QUESTIONS

READ Abraham 1:5,7, 15-16

What is Abraham’s father (and family) trying to do?

What is the problem?

Who saves Abraham from being sacrificed?


READ Abraham 1:18 and 2:3

What does the living God require of Abraham?

What did Abraham have to do to actually receive the promised blessings of priesthood, land and posterity?

Why does the Lord require sacrifice?


READ: Lectures on Faith 6: 7

"Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things. It was through this sacrifice, and this only, that God has ordained that men should enjoy eternal life; and it is through the medium of the sacrifice of all earthly things, that men do actually know that they are doing the things that are well pleasing in the sight of God. When a man has offered in sacrifice all that he has, for the truth's sake, not even withholding his life, and believing before God that he has been called to make this sacrifice, because he seeks to do His will, he does know most assuredly, that God does and will accept his sacrifice and offering, and that he has not nor will not seek His face in vain. Under these circumstances, then, he can obtain the faith necessary for him to lay hold on eternal life.”

What sacrifices did the Lord require of Abraham to receive the promised blessings?



The Sacrifice of a Son

After years of childlessness, Sarah begged Abraham to take her handmaid, Hagar, as a second wife, that she might be able to supply Abraham with children, which he does (see Genesis 16:1-2).  They conceive a son, which an angel tells Hagar to name Ishmael.  Thirteen years later, the Lord comes to Abraham and tells him that the time of the realization of the blessings of his posterity is come.

READ Genesis 17:16-21

What is Abraham’s response?

Who is the covenant son?

What does that mean?

Does the Lord bless Ishmael?


Skip ahead three or four years… Isaac is born and is a toddler, and Sarah catches the teenaged Ishmael mocking him and goes to Abraham to banish Ishmael and his mother, so that he will not be a joint-heir with Isaac.

READ Genesis 21:11-20

Who is Ishmael and what is he symbolic of?

Who then is Isaac?


READ Genesis 22:2-13

What additional context adds weight to Abraham’s sacrifice?

Why would the Lord ask Abraham to do this?

What does it mean “God will provide himself a lamb”?

How was elderly Abraham able to bind his son?

What must Abraham been thinking with his arm stretched forth with the knife to sacrifice his son?

Who does the “ram in the thicket” represent?

Who does Isaac then become symbolically?

But are rams always found in thickets?


READ Hebrews 11:17-19

Did the Lord send a ram in the thicket to save Isaac from Abraham’s knife?

In this scenario, what must Abraham been thinking as he looked down at the body of his dead son?


Read Lectures on Faith 6:8

“It is in vain for persons to fancy to themselves that they are heirs with those, or can be heirs with them, who have offered their all in sacrifice, and by this means obtained faith in God and favor with him so as to obtain eternal life, unless they in like manner offer unto him the same sacrifice, and through that offering obtain the knowledge that they are accepted of him.”

Is the sacrifice of all earthly things always necessary for faith unto salvation?

How does Abraham’s life teach us about the relationship between making a covenant by sacrifice and receiving the fullness of the gospel and the high priesthood?

What is the Abrahamic Sacrifice really about?


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