February 4, 2019

GENESIS 20-23    


Focus Verse: Genesis 22:2


As we begin our journey today let’s take a minute to ask God to give us understanding of our journey through Genesis 20-23.  Do you have something on your mind?  Do you have a friend in need?  Do you have a relative that is going through something?  Seek God’s help - pray for them.  “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14, NIV) Let’s start our journey through Genesis 20-23.


In chapter 20 Abraham moves to Negev.  Once again Sarah, his wife, is taken by a king, Abimelek, to be part of the king’s harem.  Once again Abraham fails to tell King Abimelek that Sarah was more than his sister: She was, in fact, his wife.  What does this say about Abraham’s character?  What does this say about Abraham’s trust of God?  It is time to take the journal out if you are journaling.


In chapter 21, Sarah, at the age of 90, gives birth to Issac.  “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14, NIV) Hagar and Ishmael are sent away at Sarah’s request because Ishmael was observed mocking Issac.  


Our focus verse for today is Genesis 22:2:

2Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah.  Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”


This verse, and the actions of Abraham that follow, leave many Christians confused.  What is happening here?  As you read the focus verse for today, you will see a reflection of God’s sacrifice, His only Son Jesus, for our sin.  Abraham’s actions reveal unwavering love for God.  God provides a sacrifice, a ram caught in the thicket, to spare Issac’s life.  


In chapter 23 Sarah dies at Kiriath Arba (Hebron).  Abraham purchases a burial plot to from Ephron to bury her.  Abraham, Issac, Rebekah, Leah, and Jacob were also buried there.  


Today’s journey covers the birth of Issac the father of the nation of Israel.  We learned of the importance of the blood line of Abraham, by protecting Sarah, while held captive by King Abimelek.  We learned that Abraham was a righteous man in God’s eyes.  We struggle to understand Abraham’s righteousness in light of the incident involving King Abimelek.  The birth of Issac to Sarah, a 90 year old woman, demonstrates that nothing is impossible for God.


God instructing Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Issac, continues to have Bible scholars search for a clearer understanding.  God spares Issac’s life through the faith of Abraham.  Take out your journal if journaling.  Take a moment to clear your thoughts.  Meditate over the events of chapters 20-23.  Now write your understanding of the events that have unfolded on today’s journey through Genesis 20-23.  It has been quite a trip.  Godspeace!


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