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Friday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 22:5-8
5 “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”
6 So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, 7 Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”
8 “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

22:5–8 I and the boy will … come again to you. While Abraham is committed to sacrificing Isaac, he plans to do so in the belief that both of them will return (see Heb. 11:17–19). God will provide … the lamb. It is unclear whether Abraham is speaking ironically here (Isaac is the “lamb”), or whether he is expressing faith that somehow God will preserve his son. As it turns out, God does provide a substitute for Isaac (see note on Gen. 22:13).
22:8 Isaac comes near to being sacrificed, but God provides a substitute. Ultimately God will sacrifice his only Son, who dies in our place (Gal. 3:13, 16). The ram prefigures the sacrifice of Christ.

Study Questions:

  • In verse 5, we see that Abraham is already convinced they were both coming back... he says that "we" will be coming back. He was reminding himself of God’s promises. He was so certain of God's faithfulness that, even though he didn't see a way out yet, he was choosing to believe God would come through. Is there a situation in your life right now that you could apply this same faith-filled mindset? Where do you need to look past the bleakness of your reality and trust in the faithfulness of God?

  • Now we see what Abraham has been doing for 3 days in that dark silence. He’s been reminding himself of the promises of God. He was probably recounting the encounter in Genesis 15 where God took responsibility for both sides of the covenant. What drove Abraham that day wasn't his own strength. It was the faithfulness of God. What are you rehearsing in your mind in the face of adversity? How often are you reminding yourself, over and over, that God is faithful?What effect might this have in your situation and attitudes?


That you would trust His faithfulness.
That you would rehearse His faithfulness in your mind every day. 

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory! 

7. How can I trust that the Bible is still God’s Word today? I trust the Bible is still God’s Word today because Jesus rose from the dead proving He was God and said His words would never pass away. Through the Holy Spirit, God inspired the writing of the Scripture, determined the canon of Scripture and protected the copying of Scripture so that we might know Him and worship Him to this day.
(Matthew 24:35; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Revelation 22:18-19)

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