Active Faith

Abraham left his family in Ur at the divine direction of God. God told him that his descendants would number the stars in the heavens, and like the sand. He would give Abraham a promised seed. At the time, Abraham had no children. Sarah could not have any children at the time. We know the story of how Sarai gave Abraham her handmaiden, Hagar. She bore Abraham a son naming him Ishmael. God told him that Ishmael was not the promised seed. Sarah gave birth to a son, and they named him Isaac. This son was the promised seed. Abraham received instruction from God to sacrifice the promised seed. Abraham believed that God would somehow deliver his son from death. Every step that Abraham made was a step of faith. When they got to the place of sacrifice, Abraham tied his son down on top of the wood. Isaac had asked Abraham where was the sacrifice. He simply told his son that God would provide. Jehovah-jireh. And God did provide. When Abraham lifted his hand to slay his promised son, an angel stopped him. Note also verse 12 of this same chapter. When God saw the faith of Abraham, God provided a ram in the bush for Abraham to sacrifice. This is active faith. Abraham came down from the mountain with his living son


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