Old Testament
Lesson 9
“God Will Provide Himself a Lamb”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us better understand Heavenly Father’s sacrifice in offering his Son as we learn of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac.

Scripture references for study:  Abraham 1; Genesis 15–17; Genesis 21–22
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Abraham is Nearly Sacrificed by the False Priests of Pharaoh

  1. As discussed in Lesson 7, Abraham spent his early years in Ur of Chaldea.
  2. HOW MIGHT ABRAHAM'S EXPERIENCE ON THE ALTAR OF THE FALSE PRIESTS HAVE HELPED HIM PREPARE FOR FUTURE TRIALS?
  3. HOW CAN OUR TRIALS HELP PREPARE US FOR FUTURE DIFFICULTIES?

Abraham Has Children Through Hagar And Sarah

  1. Abraham conversed with the Lord (see Genesis 15).
  2. "And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife." (Genesis 16:3)
  3. The Lord appeared to Abraham and renewed the covenant (Genesis 17).

God Commands Abraham To Sacrifice Isaac

  1. "And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of." (Genesis 22:1-2)
  2. DID ABRAHAM QUESTION THE LORD?
  3. READ GENESIS 22:3-10. Abraham prepares for the sacrifice.
  4. READ GENESIS 22:11-13. Abraham's hand restrained.
  5. Brother Truman G. Madsen wrote:  "Modern revelation indicates at least three times that each of us who seeks eternal life must one day be tried, even as Abraham. I put the question once to President Hugh B. Brown, when we were in Israel: Why was Abraham commanded to go up on that mountain (traditionally Mount Moriah in Jerusalem) and offer as a sacrifice his only hope for the promised posterity? President Brown wisely replied, 'Abraham needed to learn something about Abraham.' By being tested, all of us will one day know how much our hearts are really set on the kingdom of God." (Joseph Smith the Prophet, p92)
  6. Trials and Sacrifice are Blessings.
  7. Abraham's Sacrifice - A Similitude of Heavenly Father's Sacrifice of His Son.
  8. A Personal Thought.
  9. This journal entry was written before the birth of my second son in 1997, but the truth of the message remains. It would be difficult to sacrifice any child. Consider our Heavenly Father sending his Beloved Son to this wicked world and allowing him to bear upon his shoulders the sins of all mankind. What a sacrifice!


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. We can be full shareholders in the magnificent, eternal covenant if we do the "works of Abraham." It certainly behooves us to learn about this great patriarch and follow in his footsteps.
  2. Record your thoughts on Abraham's willingness to sacrifice anything for the Lord, even his son Isaac and how it relates to the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. What are you willing to sacrifice?


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