Prayer: Here I am, Lord. Ready to follow your instructions and trusting you will provide. Amen.
Reading: Genesis 22: 1-14 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Our Bible story for today is Abraham taking Isaac to be a sacrifice to God. It starts with God's instructions to Abraham who followed them up all the way to the point where God provided a ram to sacrifice instead. Certainly Abraham breathed a sigh of relief; along with all of us who have heard the story since.
Abraham obeyed as if this really was going to be what he would have to do. But, reading closely, there is a hint of Abraham's trust in God beyond asking him to do the unthinkable. Abraham said to the two men who traveled with them, "Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you." That's right. Abraham said, "...we will come back to you." (v. 5) Then when Isaac began to wonder where the lamb for the burnt offering was going to come from, Abraham replied, "God himself will provide the lamb." (v. 8)
Twice Abraham said, "Here I am." Both times he received instructions from God. We here God's call and also answer, "Here I am.". Abraham knew and we know, the Lord will provide. --Ruth Gates
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