A Test of Faith to Trust the Promise November 17, 2013 What Is the Test? Take your son Take your only son Take the son whom you love Offer him as a sacrifice in the land of Moriah. Abraham’s Obedience He obeyed immediately He prepared in faith to do what God said He drew near to God in faith He prophetically speaks in faith Isaac’s Question & Abraham’s Response Isaac’s Question: Where is the lamb for the offering? Abraham’s Response: God will provide the lamb. The Sacrifice 1. Abraham prepares the altar. 2. Abraham prepares the sacrifice. 3. Abraham took the knife to slay his son. Hebrews 11:17,19 James 2:21 God’s Divine Intervention and Provision 1) God tells Abraham not to touch the boy. 2) God confirms Abraham’s faith. 3) God provides a substitute sacrifice. 4) God reaffirms the promise by his own name. Answers to Our Tests of Faith 1) God prepares us in advance for tests of faith. 2) God grows our faith by testing our faith – the way to increase faith is to exercise faith! 3) God always makes provision in the test – but the provision is put into effect through faith in God.