Childern's Sermon “Abraham and His Son Isaac”
Genesis 22:1-14 “Abraham and His Son Isaac”
If God told you to do something, you would do it, right? If your mother told you to do something, you would do it, right? You would do what your father or mother told you to do, because you know they love you and you love them. You respect them by doing what they tell you to do.
What God asked Abraham to do is scary: “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” (22:2) Abraham must have swallowed hard when he left to do what God told him to do. Abraham took his son Isaac with him. Abraham prepared for the trip to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. It sounds terrible. He must have been afraid, but I think Abraham also knew that God loved Abraham and Isaac and that God would provide for both him and his son Isaac. Isaac had no idea what was happening until when his father bound him and placed him on the altar as the sacrificial lamb. Right as Abraham took the knife to finish the sacrifice, God called his name, “Abraham, Abraham!” And Abraham said, “Here I am!” And God said, “Do not lay your hand on the body or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” And then God provided the burnt offering for Abraham and Isaac: “a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns.” (A ram is like a big goat or sheep with round horns on each side of the head) God provided for Abraham and His Son Isaac on that day they went to the mountain to offer to God a burnt offering.
God provides for you and me every day because God loves us. God protects and heals us. God gives us food and drink and shelter. God shows us how to live right: to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and (to love) your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) God loves us enough that God sent God’s only Son Jesus to show how much God loves both us and the whole world. That is how much God loves you!