- What is the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah teaching us?
- Can we abuse the freedom given to us without consequences?
- Does God have limits?
- What happened with God’s promise to Abraham?
Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age,
at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And
Abraham called the name of his son who was born to
him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac. Then Abraham
circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old,
as God had commanded him. Now Abraham was one
hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who
hear will laugh with me.” She also said, “Who would
have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children?
For I have borne him a son in his old age.” So the child
grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great
feast on the same day that Isaac was weaned.
- Is there anything to difficult for God?
- Is He faithful to His promises?
- Was Sarah happy? Did Abraham celebrate?
- Was Isaac taught in the knowledge of God?
Now it came to pass after these things that God tested
Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said,
“Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your
only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of
Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one
of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
- Does God Test us?
- Why was God testing Abraham?
- Did he know he was being tested?
- Does God have the right to test us?
- How would we respond if God ask for our child?
- Could a terminal illness strike a loved one?
- Do we ever think that one of our children could die?
- What did Abraham do?
- Did he ignore God?
So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his
donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and
Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt
offering, and arose and went to the place of which God
had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his
eyes and saw the place afar off.
- Why did Abraham rise early in the morning?
- What was Abraham thinking during the three day journey?
- Didn’t God ask Abraham for his ONLY son?
- Was it that Abraham loves his son too much?
- What did he believe?
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up
Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up
his only begotten son, of whom it was said,
“In Isaac your seed shall be called,”
concluding that God was able to raise him up, even
from the dead, from which he also received him in a
- Did Abraham trust
in God’s promise?
- Is obedience the result
of unwavering faith?
- Was Abraham thinking
in God’s capacity to
fulfill His promises?
- If God had Isaac killed,
Whose problem was
- Did Abraham follow
through the command
all the way?
And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here
with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and
worship, and we will come back to you.”
- Did Abraham lie
to his servants?
- What language was
- Is he talking faith
when he told them
‘we will come back’?
So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and
laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand,
and a knife, and the two of them went together. But
Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My
father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said,
“Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for
a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will
provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So
the two of them went together.
- Why was Isaac carrying the wood?
- How old was he? Was he a teenager already?
- Did Isaac know what was going to happen?
- Did Abraham lie to Isaac?
- For whom is the sacrifice of the lamb?
- What is the meaning of God providing for himself?
- Did Isaac doubt his father?
- Is there trust in their relationship?
Then they came to the place of which God had told him.
And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood
in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the
altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his
hand and took the knife to slay his son.
- What was Isaac thinking now?
- Could Isaac have save himself?
- Did he deserve to die?
But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven
and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I
am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad,
or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear
God, since you have not withheld your son, your
only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes
and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught
in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took
the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering
instead of his son.
- Was Abraham determined to kill his son?
- Why did God wait until the last instant to stop him?
- Who is learning? Abraham or God?
- Who placed the ram in the thicket?
- Why was the ram caught by the horns?
- Was the ram hurt in any way before the
- How must be our sacrifice to God?
And Abraham called the name of the place, The-
LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the
Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” Then the
Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time
out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn,
says the LORD, because you have done this thing,
and have not withheld your son, your only son—
blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will
multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven
and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your
descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.
In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be
blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” So
Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose
and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham
dwelt at Beersheba.
- Why did God swear by himself?
- Is there anyone bigger than Him??
- Was God reiterating his promise to Abraham?
- Did Abraham understand the scope of God’s promise?
- Who is the seed that will bless all the nations?
Now to Abraham and his Seed
were the promises made.
He does not say, “And to seeds,”
as of many, but as of one,
“And to your Seed,”
who is Christ.
- Is the seed of Abraham (and Eve) Jesus?
- How big was Abraham’s faith?
- Is it important the size of our faith?
- Or is it God who supports His word? (promises)
- What is the purpose of trials?
1 Peter 1:3-7
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has
begotten us again to a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an
inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that
does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
who are kept by the power of God through faith
for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3-7
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little
while, if need be, you have been grieved by
various trials, that the genuineness of your faith,
being much more precious than gold that
perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found
to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of
- How does God strengthen our faith?
- How is gold purified? With fire?
- What is faith? Is it to believe God?
- Is it necessary to test our faith?
- Does anyone like the trial of their faith?
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into
various trials, knowing that the testing of your
faith produces patience.
- What does the testing of our faith produce?
- What should be our attitude in the face of trials?
- How do we get this kind of joy?
- Can we produce it ourselves?
But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Against such there is no law.
- Whose fruit is joy?
Ours or the Spirit?
- How many fruits do we
get from the Spirit?
- Can we control
the Spirit of God?
- How can we explain
peace in the face of trials?
and the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and
minds through Christ Jesus.
- Is peace another fruit of the Spirit?
- Do we need faith to obtain God’s promises?
- Can we overcome without the help of the Spirit?
WHAT DID WE LEARN TODAY?
- God tries our faith and He strengthen it through our trials.
- Our obedience to God is related to our faith in Him.
- The sacrifice that we offer God has to be perfect.
- We should desire the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
- Without the help of God and His spirit it is
impossible to get the victory.
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