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Abraham, father of faith

God keeps His promise and gives Abraham a son but continues to test his faith.
Contributed by YoMinistry
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Now Sarai, Abram’s wife had borne him no children, and she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, ‘Now behold, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her.’ Genesis 16:1-2 (NASB) – Slide 1
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With Sarai’s encouragement Abram had relations with Hagar and she became pregnant. Then Sarai became jealous and treated Hagar cruelly. In desperation Hagar fled from Sarai and Abram into the wilderness. Genesis 16:3-6 – Slide 2
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Now the angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness... He said, ‘Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.’ Genesis 16:7a,8 (NASB) – Slide 3
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Then the angel of the Lord said to her, ‘Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority.’ Moreover, the angel of the Lord said to her, ‘I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count.’ Genesis 16:9-10 (NASB) – Slide 4
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So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him.’ Genesis 16:15-16 (NASB). Ishmael grew up living with his father Abram. – Slide 5
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The Lord visited Abraham under the oaks of Mamre. He said, ‘I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.’ ... the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, saying, “Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?” Is anything too difficult for the Lord?’ Genesis 18:10a,12a,13-14a (NASB) – Slide 6
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... the Lord did for Sarah as He had promised. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. Genesis 21:1b-3 (NASB) – Slide 7
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Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.’ Genesis 22:1-2 (NASB) – Slide 8
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So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Genesis 22:3 (NASB) – Slide 9
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As they approached the mountain the two servants and donkey were left behind. Isaac asked; ‘Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together.” Genesis 22:7b-8 (NASB) – Slide 10
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Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. Genesis 22:9-10 (NASB) – Slide 11
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But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.’ Genesis 22:11-12 (NASB) – Slide 12
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Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place ‘The Lord Will Provide’, as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.’ Genesis 22:13-14a (NASB) – Slide 13
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