Genesis 22 Observations
Genesis 22:5 Abraham equated worship with sacrifice.
Genesis 22:7 Isaac’s question showed that Abraham had taught his son the ways of YAH.
Genesis 22:9 Abraham had an appointment with YAH. “And they came to the place which Elohim had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there.”
Abba told Abraham how and where to worship Him. He has also told us how and where to worship Him. We can find these instructions in His righteous Torah, His Law. He has told us what He wants and what He doesn’t want. He is not obligated to accept anything from us that He has not sanctioned or approved of.
YAHUSHA, when He came, followed YAH’s instructions to the jot and the tittle (Matt. 5:17-19). Are we better, more privileged in the eyes of YAHUAH than the Word Made flesh?
This time of the year, many will offer Xmas to YAHUAH, stating that they are offering remembrances and honoring the birth of our Elohim when He clothed Himself in flesh and dwelt among finite man (Jn. 1).
Yet, YAHUAH, clearly said in His Word that He does not want this holiday and all its pagan paraphenella to be associated with Him, much less attributed to Him in any way, shape, form or fashion.
If we are truly grafted into Israel through the blood of YAHUSHA the Messiah, then we are adopted into the seed of Abraham. We are Israel. So, then, if Abraham, the first Hebrew worshipped Abba according to Abba’s instructions, should we not also?
Can we truly say that we are YAHUAH’s children when we practice pagan idolatry while ignoring, neglecting and negating His clear instructions to worship Him in His appointed times that He has given to us? (Lev. 23).
Genesis 22:9 I can’t picture Abraham forcibly putting Isaac on that altar. I can picture Abraham having a talk with Isaac about what YAHUAH had told him to do once they arrived at the place of sacrifice. I can picture the ruach of faith oozing out of Abraham and encapsulating the words that he spoke to Isaac. And Isaac did submit to his father and ultimately to the will of YAHUAH.
Could it be that the temptation, the test that Abraham went through was only partially about whether Abraham would obey in that moment. Was Abraham’s test also about testing to see if Abraham had been previously obeying YAH by putting in the time to teach and instill the ways of YAH into his son, Isaac.
His agreeing to sacrifice Isaac was the final exam. He had mastered many lessons and passed many quizzes prior to his big exam on Mt. Moriah. He had failed some also. But Abraham did not drop out of the school of YAH despite his failures. He continued in the School of YAH through all his experiences.
Genesis 22:12 YAHUAH knows if parents really love and fear him by their obedience to him in relation to his commandments concerning their children.
Hear, O Israel: YAHUAH our Elohim is one YAHUAH: And thou shalt love YAHUAH thy Elohim with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:4-7
Verse 7 of Deuteronomy 6 is seldom included with this declaration concerning to YAHUAH. Yet, just as much part of the Shema prayer is the commandment for mothers and fathers to instruct their children in the ways of YAHUAH.
Genesis 22:14 YAHUAH is Provider.
Genesis 22:13-14 Not only was Abraham affected by these events, but Isaac was indelibly impressed as well.
Genesis 22:17-18 Isaac was Abraham’s seed. Could Isaac also hear what the messenger was saying to Abraham?
I invite you to comment below with additional observations from your reading.
Please, please comment below if you see ANYTHING that is contrary to Scripture that I have presented in these Scripture Observations. I want Truth and when I see that I have made a mistake, I want to correct that. No chips on my shoulders here.
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I try my best to limit the use of the precursor words of “I think” or “I believe” without Scripture to back up my “I thinks” and “I believes.” Not only on this site, but be on the lookout anywhere else for excessive “I think” and “I believe” statements presented as Truth, with no Scriptural evidence to back up the statements.
The written Word of YAHUAH is the standard, the vanguard against deception which as you know is quite rampant these days.