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Chapter 22

Genesis 22 Commentary

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Genesis 22:1-3 meaning

God tells Abraham to travel to Mt. Moriah and offer Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham takes Isaac on the three-day journey to the mountain.

Genesis 22:4-8 meaning

Abraham takes Isaac, a knife, and the wood needed for the offering. As they walk, Isaac asks Abraham what they will sacrifice. Abraham replies that God will provide the lamb.

Genesis 22:9-12 meaning

Abraham binds Isaac and places him on an altar. As Abraham takes the knife to slay his son, the angel of the Lord calls to him from heaven.

Genesis 22:13-14 meaning

Just then, Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in a thicket. Abraham offered the ram as the burnt offering instead of Isaac. The place was then called, “The Lord will Provide.”

Genesis 22:15-18 meaning

God speaks again, saying that because of Abraham's faithfulness he will be blessed. God promises that Abraham’s descendants will be many and they will conquer their enemies. Through Abraham’s obedience, all the nations of the earth will be blessed.

Genesis 22:19-24 meaning

Abraham, Isaac, and the two servants return to Beersheba where they lived. Abraham's brother, Nahor, had eight children with his wife Milcah. One of the eight children, Bethuel, became the father of Rebekah. Nahor also had four children with his concubine, Reumah. Rebekah would grow up to marry Isaac.