Friday, October 31, 2008

God called Abram

"Leave your country and go to a land I will show you. I will bless you. I will make your descendants into great nation," God promised Abram.

So Abram obeyed God. He took his wife and all his possessions and left his country. When they arrived in the land called Canaan, God said to Abram, "This is the land I will give to your descendants." Abram built an altar there and worshiped God. As a sign of the promise, God changed Abram's name to Abraham.

Years later, God commanded Abraham to take his only son, Isaac, to the top of a mountain and sacrifice him to God. Abraham rose early the next morning, saddled his donkey, and cut the wood for the burnt offering. He took Isaac and they went to the place God had commanded. As they walked up the mount Isaac asked his father, "Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" Abraham replied, "God will provide a sacrifice."

Finally, they arrived at the polace God had told him. Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood on it. Then he laid Isaac on top of the wood. Abraham held out his knife to kill Isaac as a sacrifice to God.
The angel of the Lord called out to Abraham, "Do not kill your son. Now I know how much you trust Me because you are willing to give up your son to obey Me."

Abraham looked up and saw a ram with its horns caught in a bush nearby. He knew that God had provided the ram. He offered it as a sacrifice instead of his son, Isaac.

Because Abraham trusted and obeyed God, God promised to bless him and make his descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. God said, "Through your descendants all nations of the earth will be blessed."

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