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Today's reading: Genesis 22:1-24

Genesis 22 contains one of the most significant accounts in the Old Testament. In it, we find the recorded story of God's testing Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his cherished and only son, Isaac. This chapter is rich with lessons and foreshadows God's plan of salvation through Jesus' sacrifice for our sins which would take place hundreds of years later.

There's no doubt that Abraham was a godly man. Even so, God still tested Abraham by asking him to give up the one thing he treasured most--his only son Isaac. I can only imagine the horrific feeling that must have come over Abraham when God instructed him to sacrifice Isaac. My heart aches just by reading this account, and I'm fairly certain Abraham's heart was breaking inside of him. Yet he responded obediently, loading up his donkey the very next morning to do as he was charged. The verse that impacted me most in this chapter was verse 8 where Abraham's response to Isaac's questioning about the whereabouts of the lamb to be sacrificed reveals Abraham's absolute trust in God as being sovereign and having the ultimate and best plan.

What is the one earthly thing that you cherish the most? Is it a person, something you own, your image, your job title, something else? If God asked you to give up that most treasured thing, how do you think you would respond, and why? How does (how has) going through testing, impact (impacted) your spiritual life? Tami

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Giving up family members due to death was very difficult, but because God is all knowing and will never forsake us he has reordered my life to except that even though things do change, we are able to proceed forward. Giving up treasured things is okay because there is something different waiting for us that brings us closer to God, and I believe that it keeps our eyes on God and prepares us for our final walk on this earth and our restored life in eternity.

Abraham statement that he and Isaac with both return from worshipping is also a marvelous statement of faith.

I think no one has been tested like this, no one but God--and Abraham. Though I've read this story many times before, this time it fills me with a sense of mystery. We know surrounding cultures were sacrificing their children, yet here it seems like God is asking Abraham to imitate them in a a way. Today, looking back through the years and through scripture, we know God does not tempt, yet somehow this is like a temptation. God's request is mysterious, yet our response must be simple: obedience. God WAS showing us something about the feeling of sacrificing His son, long before the deed. He wants us to enter in, but He, God and only He can really by choice choose to sacrifice wholly. I, on the other hand, can only be grateful, that God never asks from me what He has demanded of Himself.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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