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Where's the Lamb?

Genesis 22:1-2 NLT

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Later on God tested Abraham's faith and obedience. "Abraham!" God called.

"Yes," he replied. "Here I am."

[2] "Take your son, your only son--yes, Isaac, whom you love so much--and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will point out to you."

It amazes me how God uses the least likely people to accomplish the greatest things. Abram was ninety-nine years old when God revealed some good news to him.

First, he was changing his name from Abram "father" to Abraham "father of many." Second, God had some more news:

Genesis 17:15-17 NLT Then God added, "Regarding Sarai, your wife--her name will no longer be Sarai; from now on you will call her Sarah. [16] And I will bless her and give you a son from her! Yes, I will bless her richly, and she will become the mother of many nations. Kings will be among her descendants!"

[17] Then Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself in disbelief. "How could I become a father at the age of one hundred?" he wondered. "Besides, Sarah is ninety; how could she have a baby?"

In disbelief, Abraham laughed. His laughter was contiguous. Sarai, whose name was changed from "princely" to Sarah "princess" laughed too.

Genesis 18:10-12 NLT

Then one of them said, "About this time next year I will return, and your wife Sarah will have a son." Now Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent nearby. [11] And since Abraham and Sarah were both very old, and Sarah was long past the age of having children, [12] she laughed silently to herself. "How could a worn-out woman like me have a baby?" she thought. "And when my master--my husband--is also so old?"

I love what they both said after they laughed. In Gen. 17:17, Abraham called Sarah old, and in Gen. 18:12, Sarah returned the favor.

God turned their mocking laughter into joyful laughter when He gave them a baby boy. His name? Isaac-"laughter" of course.

Water is more refreshing to those who are thirsty. Food is more satisfying to the really hungry. Don't you image Sarah had multiplied joy when she gave birth to her first son at the age of ninety?

All was well, but then God paid another visit to Abraham.

Genesis 22:1-2 NLT Later on God tested Abraham's faith and obedience. "Abraham!" God called.

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