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Abraham's Faith In The Resurrection
The LORD's promise to Abraham that an actual son, rather than one of his adopted servants, would be his heir:
"15:3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 15:4 And, behold, the word of the LORD [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'] came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be." (Genesis 15:3-5 KJV)
Abraham later had children with other women, but the LORD plainly identified the son of Abraham and Sarah [see Abram and Sarai], Isaac, as the promised one:
"21:1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. 21:2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 21:3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac." (Genesis 21:1-3 KJV)
"By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac ... Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead"
Then one day, the LORD delivered unto Abraham a heartrending command:
"22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:
Despite the grief that he was no doubt experiencing, Abraham obeyed the LORD's command - until the LORD told him to stop.
"22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering [see Burnt Offerings], and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 22:4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
Fact Finder: Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac is recognized as an act of faith in the LORD. But specifically, was it faith in something that the LORD would do, someday, if not then? Was it faith in a resurrection?