Abraham sacrificed Isaac knowing God will raise him



            In many occasions the interpretation of a biblical passage can be done through other passages in a different book of the Bible. In this case, in order to find the answer about Abraham, we would have to go to the epistle of Paul to the Hebrews.

            God had promised Abraham in Gen 17:21 that Isaac would be the heir of the spiritual promise. In Gen 22:1-2 when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, in whom was the promise, Abraham logically thought if God had promised that Isaac would be the heir, He would fulfill His promise. Therefore, if he (Abraham) would sacrifice Isaac, God would bring him back to life some way or another, since God doesn't lie. In Heb 11:17-19 Paul explains Gen 17:21 by saying, "….accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead….".

"But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year." ( Gen 17:21 )


"1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham; and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And He said: Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of." ( Gen 22:1-2 )


"17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac; and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, that in Isaac shall thy seed be called. 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure."                         ( Heb 11:17-19 )

            It clearly shows how Abraham was sure that he could sacrifice Isaac, there was no way he would loose him. He would come back to him even if God had to raise him from the dead.

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