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Ibrahim

Sacrifice. It's a powerful concept. Something dies so that something else might live A soldier gives his life for his country. Mothers pour their lives into their children. God provides a ram to take the place of Ibrahim’s son, saving the boy from death. Is there someone willing to sacrifice themselves to save us from death?
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When Abraham was old and grey, I was his servant he called to say
Saddle up the donkeys; load them up with wood get my little boy and a week of food
So I went, and set about my task. I knew not why, but I dared not ask
Abraham seemed troubled and his eyes were wet but the next morning, off we set

And so it was that day that we travelled away
In the heat of the day and the cold of the night
All I know is that I was afraid

On the third day, Abraham looked up. He saw the place, so we made a stop
We pitched the tents and we cooked a meal, but Abraham refused to eat
He said “stay here, while I go on, but I’ll need the wood with my knife and son.
We're off to worship, on the mountaintop. So just wait here, and we'll come back”

And so it was that day that they travelled away
Abraham and his boy with the fire and the wood
All I know is that I was afraid

As the path grew narrow father took his son put him on his shoulders and they journeyed on
Then the little boy looked at what they had there was no sheep so he asked his dad: daddy, daddy, where is the lamb
Now Abraham though he could not lie, a single tear rolled from his eye
So he told the truth when he told his son that the lord god would give them one

And so it was that day that they travelled away
Till they came to the place that the lord had made plain
And they stopped and they both were afraid

Abraham built an altar, Abraham bound his son
Abraham took his knife in his hand and lifted it over his head

o Ibrahim, o Ibrahim

Then Abraham knew the mind of god, and with his knife he cut the chords
Where there once was silence he could hear the sound of the sacrifice that the lord sent down
Then the deed was done and they turned around the smell of blood and fire was on their hands
We could see the smoke from our camp below and we knew that it was time to go

And so it was that day that we travelled away
From the mountain of god where the lord had been shown
To be faithful to those whom he loves
...and their inspiration
Genesis 22:1-19

Later on God tested Abraham's faith and obedience. "Abraham!" God called.
"Yes," he replied. "Here I am."

"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."

The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son Isaac. Then he chopped wood to build a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place where God had told him to go. On the third day of the journey, Abraham saw the place in the distance. "Stay here with the donkey," Abraham told the young men. "The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back."

Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac's shoulders, while he himself carried the knife and the fire. As the two of them went on together, Isaac said, "Father?"

"Yes, my son," Abraham replied.

"We have the wood and the fire," said the boy, "but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?"

"God will provide a lamb, my son," Abraham answered. And they both went on together.

When they arrived at the place where God had told Abraham to go, he built an altar and placed the wood on it. Then he tied Isaac up and laid him on the altar over the wood. And Abraham took the knife and lifted it up to kill his son as a sacrifice to the LORD. 11At that moment the angel of the LORD shouted to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!"

"Yes," he answered. "I'm listening."

"Lay down the knife," the angel said. "Do not hurt the boy in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld even your beloved son from me."

Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering on the altar in place of his son. Abraham named the place "The LORD Will Provide." This name has now become a proverb: "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."

Then the angel of the LORD called again to Abraham from heaven, "This is what the LORD says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your beloved son, I swear by my own self that I will bless you richly. I will multiply your descendants into countless millions, like the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. They will conquer their enemies, 18and through your descendants, all the nations of the earth will be blessed--all because you have obeyed me." Then they returned to Abraham's young men and travelled home again to Beersheba, where Abraham lived for quite some time.
 
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