How would you feel if God asked you to give up, or sacrifice one of your children, or if you don't have any children, someone you love deeply. Would you do it? Would you listen to the command of God? Would you follow, though you don't understand? Would question the command or motives of God? Would you let the one thing you love so much, be given back to God if he so directed, though the pain of doing so be unbearable?
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God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son, his only son, whom he loved more than anything. For a moment put yourself in Abrahams place. Imagine the shock and confusion he must have felt at the request, imagine his willingness to obey, and the pain he felt with what he would have to do to be obedient. Abraham knew that Jehovah was real, he had no questions or thoughts of doubt; he knew and followed the gospel of Jesus Christ and he knew the implications of not doing so fully. So with great anxiety, because of his perfect faith, he followed and took his son Isaac to sacrifice. Because he followed God knew, like we are so taught, though Abraham loved his son more than anything, he loved God first. Therefore, in the end, he was not required to actually make the sacrifice but his willingness to do so “accounted unto him for righteousness” (D&C 132:36)
Because of Abrahams righteousness, he and his descendants were greatly blessed, and because of the command to sacrifice Isaac, and Abrahams wiliness to follow, we are more fully taught about Heavenly Father's sacrifice in offering up his son.
1. Abraham is nearly sacrificed by the false priests of Pharaoh Abraham 1:1, 5–20
Part of our lesson in this historical event focuses on God's command that Abraham sacrifice Isaac, and it is through this that we gain an understanding of the significance of the command and depth of Abraham's faith. To do that properly we should take a look at some of his life experiences so that we can more fully see just how hard this was for him.
As a young man, Abraham lived in Ur of Chaldea, the living conditions there were wicked, and the city was set upon sin continually. Idols were the popular form of worship and unfortunately Abraham's father followed suit living in sin rather than hearken to the gospel. Abraham 1:1, 5–8
Smith's Bible Dictionary
Smith's Bible Dictionary
Ha'gar (flight), an Egyptian woman, the handmaid or slave of Sarah, Genesis 16:1; whom the latter gave as a concubine to Abraham, after he had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan and had no children by Sarah. ch Genesis 16:2, 3; (B.C. 1912.) When Hagar saw that she had conceived, "her mistress was despised in her eyes," v. 4, and Sarah, with the anger, we may suppose, of a free woman rather than of a wife, reproached Abraham for the results of her own act. Hagar fled, turning her steps toward her native land through the great wilderness traversed by the Egyptian road. By the fountain in the way to Shur the angel of the Lord found her, charged her to return and submit herself under the hands of her mistress, and delivered the remarkable prophecy respecting her unborn child recorded in vs. 10-12. On her return she gave birth to Ishmael, and Abraham was then eighty-six years old. When Ishmael was about sixteen years old, he was caught by Sarah making sport of her young son Isaac at the festival of his weaning, and Sarah demanded the expulsion of Hagar and her son. She again fled toward Egypt, and when in despair at the want of water, an angel again appeared to her, pointed out a fountain close by, and renewed the former promises to her. Genesis 21:9-21; St. Paul, Galatians 4:25; refers to her as the type of the old covenant of the law. (Dictionary of the Bible, William Smith)
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