Some Notes:

The English language has no gender-neutral pronouns. So when the words man, he, him, etc are used, they mean "Generic human being" unless the context specifically says otherwise. Only women get words devoted just to them.

Thou, Thee, and Thine are singular pronouns. You and Your are plural in the 16th Century English the King James Bible was translated into. This actually makes the message clearer than our habit of using "you" as both a singular and a plural.

In many scriptures I have changed the King James (English) spelling to American spelling (labour=labor, for example. I understand those in England still spell it with a u). Also, in some scriptures I have changed the "-eth" to a simple "s." Spelling standards weren't set in English until the mid 1800's, well after the translating of the KJV. So I see no problem with making these simple changes that don't affect the meaning of the scripture but make it easier for our modern mouths and ears to deal with.

Genesis 22- Abraham Sacrifices Isaac (Almost)



1 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.”

2 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.”

God does not acknowledge Ishmael here. He calls Isaac Abraham’s only son. God no longer acknowledges the “…bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the free woman.” (Galatians 4:30) “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.” (vs. 28).

Moriah was a set of mountains that include the eventual location of Solomon’s temple.


3 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.

4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5 And Abraham said unto his young men, “Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”

Abraham says he AND Isaac will return to the servants. He wholeheartedly believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead.

“By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, ‘That in Isaac shall thy seed be called’: accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” Hebrews 11:17-19

6 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.

7 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?”

Isaac found it puzzling that they came to do sacrifice and brought no sacrificial lamb with them. I wonder if he was getting suspicious at this point of what his father had in mind.

8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:” so they went both of them together.

God did provide Himself a lamb for an offering; Jesus Christ.

9 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.

At this point Abraham is about 113 and Isaac is around 13. Now Abraham would still live another sixty-two years, but surly a strapping teenager could have fought his father off. Isaac’s obedience speaks volumes about Abraham’s training of him.

Abraham had faith in God that He would raise his son again and Isaac had faith that his father would do what was right.

10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham:” and he said, “Here am I.”

12 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.”

Of course God knew beforehand that Abraham would obey, even to the sacrificing of his precious son of promise. But now Abraham, Isaac, and all of history knows that Abraham had this kind of faith in God.

13 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.

God provided the lamb for Abraham’s sacrifice just as He provided us a Lamb to pay for our sins.

14 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.”

Jehovah-jireh means “God will provide.”

15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

16 And said, “By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

17 “That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

18 “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”

The promise of Abraham becoming a great nation is reaffirmed plus he is given the extra promise that his Seed would bless the world.

The Jews never brought any more blessing to the world than any other people, except in two points:
  • they were the bearers and protectors of the Bible, and 
  • they were the physical lineage of Jesus Christ; more than enough to fulfill this promise.

“What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.” Romans 3:1-2

19 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

20 And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, “Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor;

21 “Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram,

22 “And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.

23 “And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother.

24 “And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.”

Abraham gets word that his brother has had many children, including a granddaughter about the right age for Isaac.